The Daily Beast has reported that CNN’s Jake Tapper laughed when Larry Kudlow insisted that the United States and the Trump administration were “learning to deal” with the coronavirus in a “safe and responsible way.”
Kudlow, the administration’s economic advisor – who has never met a prediction he didn’t get wrong – appeared on Sunday’s State Of The Union to discuss the administration’s attempt to restart stimulus negotiations after the president had announced earlier that he would call them off. Kudlow said that the economy had rebounded miraculously but additional stimulus was still necessary, to which Tapper replied, “I agree, Mr. Advisor, but to suggest that the economy is in a miraculous recovery, is just ridiculous. Millions of Americans are unemployed, can’t pay rent, make their next mortgage, and you’re telling me everything’s peachy keen. We’re in a pandemic. People are dying. Everything’s not peachy keen.”
“I never said everything was peachy keen,” Kudlow replied. “You did. All I’ve said is that the economy is rebounding, and people need to stop complaining and blaming the president. The pandemic and the virus is not his fault. It’s China’s fault. They created the coronavirus in their laboratories to attack the United States and the president.”
Tapper laughed, but that wasn’t what prompted his criticism of the economic advisor.
“Mr. Advisor, are you aware that back in February you insisted that the virus was , and I quote, “contained, and pretty close to airtight”? And are you also aware that Mark Zandi of Moody’s says that if a stimulus bill isn’t passed soon, millions of more jobs are going to be lost?”
“Yes, I’m aware of it,” Kudlow replied. “I wish people would shut up about it. I’m also aware that Mark Zandi has always been a naysayer when it comes to Republican policies, and is incapable of finding his own a** with a flashlight and a magnifying glass. Compared to me, he never get’s anything right.
“Forget what I said back in February. I don’t think I was wrong when I said that. It was just my opinion. And I stand by my claim that the economy is in a strong rebound, despite the fact that over 200, 000 have died from COVID. It’s nothing but a minor setback. We are learning to deal with the virus in a safe, responsible and preventable, and phenomenal way.”
This was the remark that prompted Tapper’s amused and hysterical reaction.
“I lost it,” Tapper told the Weekly Journal. “I completely lost it. When he said they were dealing with the virus in a safe and responsible way, I was taking a sip of coffee and I lost control. I spit out the coffee. It went all over myself and all over the table in front of me. Everything immediately went still. Kudlow – who was seated at the far end of the table – was staring at me with a bemused expression with that long, droopy face of his, and an image of Droopy the dog saying ‘hello folks’ popped into my head, and I burst out laughing. Everyone in the studio was staring at me, probably wondering if I’d lost my mind.
“Not only was I laughing, I was laughing so hard that I was having a coughing fit as I was laughing. I was laughing so hard I literally fell out of my seat, as I continued coughing and laughing. I could barely hear one of the two cameramen asking me if I was alright. They were both laughing themselves, but not nearly as much as I was.
“The only one who wasn’t laughing, was Kudlow. He just sat there with that stern, droopy look on his face. I was sure he was thinking I had gone crazy.
“It wasn’t just that he looked like Droopy that I found so God damn funny. The image of a constipated cow chewing it’s “Kud” had also popped into my head, and I nearly died coughing and laughing.”