President Donald Trump supporters took to Twitter over the weekend to spread wild theories about why reports of the coronavirus have been mostly confined to states controlled by Democrats.
Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) said on Saturday that there are at least 71 cases and one death in the U.S. from the virus, which is known as COVID-19, most of them on the west coast.
On Sunday, HHS Secretary Alex Azar confirmed that one new case has been identified in Chicago. Several hours later, the CDC said the first case had been found in Rhode Island.
Those come in addition to cases in other left-leaning states like California, Oregon, and Massachusetts. Several so-called red states — Wyoming, Texas and Arizona — also reportedly have patients with the virus.
On Twitter, the president’s supporters speculated why the majority of cases are in blue states:
Why is the #coronavirus only in Democrat ran states so far🤔 coincidence 🤔
— Dingusmo Joe (@Kokomojoe6) March 1, 2020
It’s insane! When the homeless cause a true pandemic virus in Ca cities, it will be on the Democrats & their ridiculous policies
— Dani (@seadancer811) March 1, 2020
Prediction: Democrat run cities in the US will start announcing many sick people with #coronavirus “symptoms” to crash the Mkts to hurt Trump.
It’s sad that this is where we are as a country but it’s the truth. Democrats know the only chance to beat Trump is a mkt crash.
— ADHD Capital LLC ™ (@ADHD_Capital) March 1, 2020
Have you noticed all new cases of coronavirus are in Democrat states Wash. Or. Cal. I’ll. Ri. do you think the dems are dumb enough to get sick to make Trump look bad just saying
— bob berger (@bobberg19110252) March 1, 2020
It appears the blue cities and states are the only ones needing those billions the Congress is about to allocate for the virus.🤔
— AnnieFoutz (@anniefoutz) March 1, 2020
I said it the 1st day we heard the coronavirus is here "The Coronavirus will start spreading in Sanctuary States, the Democrats will put Americans in jeopardy to make @POTUS Trump look bad. All that matters is the 2020 Election."
— Coni (@Coni23245898) March 1, 2020
— TMC (@TMCROCKSOLID) March 1, 2020
NBC's Chuck Todd is misleading the American people.
It's Democrats & the MSM who are politicizing coronavirus, not Republicans.
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) March 1, 2020
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