Rush Limbaugh, the right-wing conspiracy radio host, came up with a new theory surrounding the outbreak of the coronavirus during his show, The Rush Limbaugh Show, on Tuesday morning.
According to Limbaugh, the coronavirus has been made to be seen as a horrible epidemic to “take out Donald Trump.”
Limbaugh said the following:
Donald Trump has survived every coup attempt, every assault on him, that has been made up and now the coronavirus, they’re trying to lay it at his feet and make him responsible for it and they’re doing irresponsible news reports claiming that the coronavirus is gonna destroy the US economy by when? November! Isn’t it magical? The coronavirus is the new Russians, the coronavirus is gonna take out Donald Trump because Donald Trump doesn’t care about anyone but America.
I’m not going to play ball with this, I’m not going to join a panic over something that I have been independently informing myself about. I have no interest in lying to you about anything, it doesn’t help me, it doesn’t help you, it doesn’t further anything. It doesn’t help a thing for me to knowingly lie to you about something as serious as a “possible global pandemic,” and that’s how the media is treating this and they’ve been treating it this way since late January, before the Chinese new year and they have been using it to attack the various enemies they have like Apple and other tech firms and now they’re using it to go after Trump.
The CDC warns, “It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when.” And so, the media is out, basically telling people that you might die. There are also stories that the United States is short on latex gloves and masks! [Squeals] “We don’t have it, oh my god! We don’t have anything to protect ourselves and it’s Trump’s fault!”
I’m just telling you that where this whole thing started, the mortality rate is two percent of the infection rate. That’s less than the flu. Now I’m not saying it’s tolerable, I’m just — folks, this kind of story is made to order for modern media which reports first before they know anything.
You can listen to his remarks below via MediaMatters: