Despite the coronavirus (COVID-19) having originated in China and has now spread throughout dozens of countries in almost all continents and causing sickness and death, some Trump supporters believe the virus outbreak is all about taking down one man in the United States – Donald Trump.
During Wednesday’s press conference, Donald Trump admitted to agreeing with talk show host Rush Limbaugh’s assessment that the potential pandemic was created by the deep state as a political weapon to bring him down.
When asked by a reporter if he was minimizing the seriousness of this virus, Trump chuckled as he claimed it was no different than the flu, “You don’t have to necessarily grab any handrail if you don’t have to,” he said.
He also praised the administration’s “no surprise” decision to restrict travel of people from countries where diagnoses have been made. According to Trump, “Because of all we’ve done, the risk to the American people remains very low.” Health experts beg to differ.
On Monday, right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh told his listening audience that COVID-19, which hundreds have died from, is nothing more than a “common cold” blown out of proportion by the media to take down the president. He even asserted the virus was a bio-weapon created by the Chinese in a laboratory.
In a lengthy, misinformation-filled rant, Limbaugh said, “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. I’m dead right on this. The coronavirus is the common cold, folks.”
Travis View, co-host of the QAnon Anonymous podcast recently told BuzzFeed News that he believes a lot of pro-Trump conspiracy theorists believe they are safe from a possible outbreak because “patriots are in control.” They believe serious disasters are engineered by the evil cabal instead of being natural and predictable.
On Tuesday, a tweet from a person claiming to have found a 2-year-old post proving QAnon knew about the coronavirus years before and that if everyone trusted Trump they will be fine, went viral. One user responded, “We have assurance of safety and no justification to panic.”
While the World Health Organization (WHO) still refuse to call the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, the toll amount of infections and deaths across the globe continue to climb as the disease spreads.
There are approximately 81,000 cases worldwide, including 2,800 deaths. Nancy Messonnier, CDC’s Director of the Center for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, suggested on Friday that it may be just a matter of weeks before U.S. officials begin discussing possible school and business closings in the United States.