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US President Donald Trump tried to breeze through his Pennsylvania town hall meeting aired by ABC News and hosted by George Stephanopoulos only to fumble and repeat his usual cocktail of lies and irrational replies.

In its report, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) said Trump did not reply appropriately to the questions tossed at him, as when a Black American asked him: "When has America been great for African-Americans in the ghetto of America?" and Trump said "we have tremendous African-American support," referring to unspecified "polls" and citing pre-pandemic employment numbers. Trump claimed the situation under his administration prior to the pandemic was the "best single moment in the history of the African-American people in this country."

Writing for CNN on the same town hall, Stephen Collinson said Trump fell flat when confronted by voters who appeared to want to cut through bluster and propaganda and claimed that he did a “tremendous” job on the virus that has already killed 195,000 Americans and said it would disappear due to “herd mentality” when what he meant was herd immunity.  

“He also illogically complained that Biden, who has no power, had not followed through on a national mask mandate and claimed falsely the US response to the crisis was the best in the world. And the President denied any blame for how the pandemic has turned out -- placing the entire responsibility on China, where the virus first emerged, and several times complained he is not getting the credit he deserves,” added Collinson. The stream of lies and alternative realities that the President promoted recalled a statement attributed to former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats in Woodward's book "Rage" that was published on Tuesday. "To him a lie is not a lie. It's just what he thinks. He doesn't know the difference between the truth and a lie," Coats is quoted as saying to former Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

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