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 SandersGOP official says Elizabeth Warren 'endorses voter fraud' after joke about Bailey voting for Biden Sunday shows - Bolton's bombshell book reverberates Symone Sanders: 'Appalling' testing comment was 'most damning thing' from Trump rally MORE, a senior adviser to presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign emails supporters encouraging mask-wearing: 'We have nothing to lose' Cuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Democrats want Biden to debate Trump despite risks MORE’s presidential campaign, said on Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 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) WallaceTrump adviser Jason Miller: Biden running mate pick 'his political living will' Sunday shows - Stimulus debate dominates Bass: 'Lesson learned' on 2016 Castro comments 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 Biden 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.”