“Mr. President, I voted for you in 2016. I’m a conservative, pro-life and diabetic,” Paul Tubiana of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania told Trump.
“I’ve had to dodge people who don’t care about social distancing and wearing face masks. I thought you were doing a good job with the pandemic response until about May 1. Then you took your foot off the gas pedal. Why did you throw vulnerable people like me under the bus?”
Trump offered him a defensive, dismissive response, basically telling him he was just flat-out wrong.
“Well, we really didn’t, Paul.”
CNN’s Brian Stelter reached out to Tubiana after the town hall.
“He didn’t answer anything,” Tubiana told Stelter, saying Trump resorted to using “canned responses.”
“He was lying through his teeth.”
“I was feeling scared, alone and powerless,” as the pandemic grew worse, Tubiana said, acknowledging “there were failures of government on both sides of the aisle.”
Stelter says Tubiana “felt like Trump stopped providing leadership as the crisis continued from spring to summer.”
Trump Tuesday also told Tubiana, “we’re very proud of the job we’ve done, and we’ve saved a lot of lives, a tremendous number of lives.”
“I feel that we’ve done a tremendous job actually, and it’s something that, I don’t think it’s been recognized like it should,” the president told the Pennsylvania voter, essentially saying his perception of Trump’s performance is wrong and he should have given him more credit.
The first question in tonight’s town hall came from a 2016 Trump voter who’s diabetic.
“I thought you were doing a good job with the pandemic response…then you took your foot off the gas pedal. Why did you throw vulnerable people like me under the bus?” https://t.co/ajlA8QkGPp pic.twitter.com/jo30mnOXVr
— ABC News (@ABC) September 16, 2020
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