MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has come under fire for ridiculing some of President Trump's promises when it comes to the action his administration is taking to help combat coronavirus.
During her show on March 20th, Maddow said that the president's claim that hospital ships would be sent to both the east and west coasts by next week was 'nonsense'.
However, her pronouncement has turned out to be false as both the USNS Mercy was deployed to Los Angeles and arrived over the weekend, while the USNS Comfort pulled into New York Harbor on Monday - just 10 days after her broadcast.
Rachel Maddow said that the ship would not arrive for weeks on her show
Maddow was resolute in her stance that the ship, the Comfort, would not be anywhere near New York City for weeks, despite the president declaring otherwise.
'In terms of the happy talk we've had on this front from the federal government, there is no sign that the Navy hospital ships that the president made such a big deal of, the Comfort and the Mercy, there`s no sign that they`ll be anywhere on-site helping out anywhere in the country for weeks yet', Maddow said.
'The president said when he announced that those ships would be put into action against the COVID-19 epidemic. He said one of those ships would be operational in New York harbor by next week. That's nonsense. It will not be there next week.'
The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort sails past the Statue of Liberty as it arrives in New York, to help with the COVID-19 response, pictured on Monday
Maddow's pronouncement was part of a segment decrying the Trump administration's reaction to the global pandemic
Criticism against Maddow came thick and fast as frustrated viewers tweeted at her, with some including the original video clip.
'Hey, @Maddow, last week you said it was nonsense that the hospital ship would come to NY this week. We’ll… It arrived today!' crowed one user.
'Has @Maddow been right about ANYTHING?!?' asked another.
'Rachel you need to apologize on air for lying to the American people. Yet you wonder why the american people agree with the President about FAKE NEWS,' demanded one Twitter follower.