Symone Sanders: 'Appalling' testing comment was 'most damning thing' from Trump rally

Symone Sanders: 'Appalling' testing comment was 'most damning thing' from Trump rally
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Symone SandersSymone SandersSunday shows preview: CDC school reopening guidance stirs debate; Texas battles winter freeze White House says teacher vaccinations not required for schools to reopen CNN's John Berman chides White House aide on reopening schools: 'Not a trick question' MORE, a senior adviser to presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, said on Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE’s quip that he had ordered coronavirus testing scaled back was the “most damning thing” from his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“This is an appalling attempt to lessen the numbers only to make him look good,” Sanders said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I think that’s what will be remembered long after last night’s debacle of a rally.”

"When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people. You’re going to find more cases. So I said to my people, 'slow the testing down, please,'" Trump said at the Saturday night rally, his first since the beginning of the pandemic.

While the White House and Trump’s re-election campaign has said the comments were in jest, the president has made similar comments before, saying earlier this month: “If we stop testing right now, we’d have very few cases, if any.”

Sanders on Sunday also denied there was any double standard between Biden praising the massive anti-racism and anti-police brutality protests around the country.

“There is no double standard here, protesting is an American right,” she said.

“We are talking about the president of the United States … holding a rally, not following the precautions that his own public health officials have put out,” she added. “The president has to lead. President Trump has demonstrated so many times in every sense of the word that he is unable to do so.”

“The difference between folks going out and protesting police brutality and the president planning a rally where six of his own advance staffers before the rally contracted COVID-19 is as clear as day,” she told Fox News’ Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBill Gates: Goal of eliminating emissions by 2030 'completely unrealistic' Fox News's Chris Wallace praises Biden's discipline Klobuchar: Impeachment trial 'was about not hiding history' MORE. Sanders also pointed out that data thus far do not indicate a spike in big cities since the protests began.

Wallace also asked Sanders about data indicating that, even in polling that shows Biden with a wide lead, the majority of Biden supporters view their vote as a vote against Trump rather than for the former vice president, while the numbers are reversed among the president's supporters.

“What we saw in the primaries is that Vice President BidenJoe BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video MORE in contest after contest  handily won but also turned out voters,” Sanders responded, noting increased turnout in states such as Virginia.

“I think these numbers also spell trouble for President Trump,” she added, saying they indicate “that this is a referendum on his presidency.”