If Donald Trump needs to brag about winning something a full year after the 2020 Presidential election was decided for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, he can have this one: counties that voted heavily for Trump have more than triple the infection rate for Covid-19 compared to counties that voted heavily for President Biden, according to a new review of data.
The New York Times reported on Monday that infections in pro-Trump counties are quickly escalating past the levels seen in pro-Joe counties.
As the report noted, red and blue areas of the country saw similar infection rates at the end of 2020. “There simply was not a strong partisan pattern to Covid during the first year that it was circulating in the U.S.,” the Times said. But that all changed as Americans were given access to Covid-19 vaccines, which were politicized by Trump even before he left office.
— Tara Dublin (@taradublinrocks) September 27, 2021
The report found that by October of this year, the infection rate in counties that heavily voted for Trump are “more than three times higher than the rate in heavily Biden counties.”
As a result, Covid deaths have been concentrated in counties outside of major metropolitan areas. Many of these are in red states, while others are in red parts of blue or purple states, like Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania Oregon, Virginia and California. pic.twitter.com/FpULcY4pbe
— David Leonhardt (@DLeonhardt) November 8, 2021
“They proved so powerful, and the partisan attitudes toward them so different, that a gap in Covid’s death toll quickly emerged,” Times columnist David Leonhardt writes. “The gap in Covid’s death toll between red and blue America has grown faster over the past month than at any previous point.”
Acosta: This is where the last one hundred thousand Americans who died of COVID took their last breaths.
-Overwhelmingly in the South
-Overwhelmingly in red states
-Overwhelmingly in places where Fox News occupies a lot of screen time pic.twitter.com/XqdsEm7HPQ 05
— Tomthunkit™ (@TomthunkitsMind) November 7, 2021
“This situation is a tragedy, in which irrational fears about vaccine side effects have overwhelmed rational fears about a deadly virus. It stems from disinformation — promoted by right-wing media, like Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News, the Sinclair Broadcast Group, and online sources — that preys on the distrust that results from stagnant living standards,” Leonhardt writes.
I can’t tell whether it’s covid or stupid that’s killing people in red states. I’m sorry for you democrats in those states. Must be freaky. Jeez.
— Elizabeth Kim (Liz, Lizzy or 김혜성) 💫 (@zen4ever2us) November 8, 2021
Read the full report at The New York Times.