Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Limbaugh On The Coronavirus

Rush Limbaugh claims that the coronavirus is "a common cold" which is being used to take down Donald Trump. Martin Pengelly writes in The Guardian:

The coronavirus outbreak is being “weaponised” by the media to bring down Donald Trump when in fact it is simply a version of the “common cold”, conservative radio host and presidential medal of freedom recipient Rush Limbaugh claimed on Monday.
His comments were widely condemned: more than 80,000 people are known to have contracted the virus worldwide and 2,700 are known to have died. Authorities are struggling to cope in China, Iran, Italy and Tenerife.
The World Health Organization has not yet declared the outbreak, which originated in China, a pandemic.
There are more than 50 known cases in the US, subject to quarantine. In India on Tuesday, Trump downplayed stock market falls in response to the outbreak, praised China for its response, and said coronavirus was “a problem that is going to go away”. But on Monday, his administration asked Congress for $1.8bn to boost its own response.
Limbaugh’s conspiracy theorist take is that the outbreak is being used by the media to discredit a president who earlier this month honoured the rightwing shock jock during the State of the Union address.
“It looks like the coronavirus is being weaponised as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump,” Limbaugh said on his Monday show. “Now, I want to tell you the truth about the coronavirus. I’m dead right on this. The coronavirus is the common cold, folks."

Thus spake Dr. Limbaugh. Sometimes his ignorance is laughable. In this case, however, it's more deadly than the virus.

Image: Media Matter For America


Anonymous said...

What an idiot! He should go hang out in Wuhan for a couple of weeks without a mask to prove himself right. Why do people even bother to listen to people like him.


Owen Gray said...

Good question, GDN. Ignorance is also a virus.

The Disaffected Lib said...

The coronavirus and the common cold are both viruses. So is lung cancer. Adios Rush.

Owen Gray said...

Rush has been hoisted on his own petard, Mound. But he still hasn't figured that out yet -- and neither has Donald Trump. Both possess lots of lung power but not much brainpower.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like that lung cancer has metastasized to his brain. If coronavirus does take root in the US, we'll soon see how wise it is to have tens of millions of uninsured people who can’t afford an emergency room visit, let alone an extended stay in an isolation unit.


Owen Gray said...

Rush won't have to live much longer with the mess he helped to create, Cap.

Trailblazer said...

Lung cancer can be curable or at least controllable.
Don't write off Limbaugh so soon, he has much more damage to do before his demise.


Owen Gray said...

I read that Limbaugh was in the final stage of lung cancer, TB. I could be mistaken. But, regardless of the time he has, I don't expect Rush to go quietly into that good night.