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Counties That Voted Heavily For Trump Also Have Highest COVID19 Rates

Counties That Voted Heavily For Trump Also Have Highest COVID19 Rates

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.

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE – JANUARY 16: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an announcement January 16, 2021 at the Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware. President-elect Joe Biden has announced key members of his incoming White House science team. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump speaks during a retreat with Republican lawmakers at Camp David in Thurmont, Maryland, on January 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

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.”

“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.”

“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.

Read the full report at The New York Times.

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