The coronavirus effect showed up as American shores Monday as the Dow Jones Average dropped by 100 points. The drop was attributed to fears about how epidemic could affect the global marketplace.
Recent reports have suggested that the White House is worried that the illness could hurt the economy and also Trump’s chances for reelection in 2020. Trump surrogate Rush Limbaugh attempted to minimize fears about coronavirus on Monday’s show when he told listeners that it’s equivalent to the common cold.
The radio pundit said that Democrats are using the epidemic to attack Trump. “Folks, this coronavirus thing, I want to try and put this in perspective for you. It looks like the coronavirus is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump. Now I want to tell you the truth about the coronavirus. You think I’m wrong about this? Yeah, I’m dead right on this. The coronavirus is the common cold, folks.”
Rush Limbaugh: “It looks like the coronavirus is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump. Now, I want to tell you the truth about the coronavirus. … The coronavirus is the common cold, folks.” https://t.co/Uqc8df1X98 pic.twitter.com/ZWR6ymTFWH
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He continued, “The Drive-By Media hype up this thing as a pandemic, as the Andromeda strain, as, ‘Oh, my God. If you get it, you’re dead,’ do you know what the – I think the survival rate is 98%. Ninety-eight percent of people get the coronavirus survive.”
Limabaugh finished with conspiracy theorizing, “It probably is a ChiCom laboratory experiment that is in the process of being weaponized. All superpower nations weaponize bioweapons. They experiment with them. The Russians, for example, have weaponized fentanyl. Now, fentanyl is also not what it is represented to be.”
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