#seanhannity , #rushlimbaugh and other #rightwing #commentators turned a pandemic into a battle of us vs. them — the kind of battle Trump has waged for much of his life.
On Feb. 27, two days after the first reported case of the coronavirus spreading inside a community in the United States, Candace Owens was underwhelmed. “Now we’re all going to die from Coronavirus,” she wrote sarcastically to her two million Twitter followers, blaming a “doomsday cult” of liberal paranoia for the growing anxiety over the outbreak.
One month later, on the day the United States reached the grim milestone of having more documented coronavirus cases than anywhere in the world, #propagandapeddling #conspiracytheorist #desperate #dangerous #candaceowens a “conservative commentator” (Aka gaslighting bullshit artist and national black embarrassment #mediawhore #bebest 🖕🏿😘) whom Trump has called “a real star” 🤮😡💥was back at it, offering what she said was “a little perspective” on the 1,000 American deaths so far. “The 2009 swine flu infected 1.4 Billion people around the world, and killed 575,000 people,” she wrote. “There was no media panic, and societies did not shut down.” In the weeks leading up to the escalation of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, tens of millions of Americans who get their information from media personalities like Ms. Owens heard that this once-in-a-lifetime #globalhealthcrisis was actually downright ordinary.
The president’s backers sometimes seemed to take their cues from him. On Feb. 26, the day before Ms. Owens was a guest at the #dictators #whitehouse for an “African-American “ History Month 🤪(maybe #kanyewest Was there to tell us how #slavery What is a choice 😡) reception, Mr. Trump denied it would spread further. “I don’t think it’s inevitable,” he said.
At other times, the president echoed right-wing media stars. When he declared at a campaign rally two days later that criticism of his halting response was a “new #hoax ,” commentators like #lauraingraham of #foxspews 🤮had already been accusing his opponents of exploiting the crisis. “A coronavirus,” she said on Feb. 25, “that’s a new pathway for hitting President Trump.”🧟♀️