The surprising pro-Trumpers who took the coronavirus crisis seriously - 2020-03-26

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F1.png The surprising pro-Trumpers who took the coronavirus crisis seriously March 26, 2020, Stephanie Mencimer, Mother Jones

On February 25, the pro-Trump internet provocateur Mike Cernovich wrote a blog post titled "Coronavirus is Trump's Katrina," highlighting some of Trump's overly rosy tweets about his administration's response to the epidemic. Top on his list was the February 24 tweet in which Trump said, "The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. … Stock Market starting to look very good to me!" Then there was the one on February 26 when Trump blamed "fake news" for trying to make the coronavirus look as bad as possible and panic the markets. "USA in great shape!" Trump crowed.

In his post, Cernovich described Trump and the others who were comparing the coronavirus to the flu as being "moronic and glib." He wrote, "I wonder if they've ever had a 104 degree temperature. The flu is awful, and in the 2018-2019 flu season, 61,200 people died. Are we prepared for an additional 60,000+ to die from a new strain of flu?" He pointed to early estimates that the coronavirus could kill anywhere from 1.5 million to 5 million Americans. The coronavirus should have been a "slam dunk" for Trump, Cernovich wrote, a time for Trump to say, "This is why we need border security and domestic manufacturing!" Instead, Cernovich lamented, Democrats had seized the high ground, and it was Elizabeth Warren talking about the need to mitigate supply chain impacts from the outbreak in China while Trump was "tweeting some Bush / 'heckuva job' b.s."

Coronavirus was a slam dunk for Trump, "This is why we need border security and domestic manufacturing!" Instead, Democrats are taking the high ground on trade, with Elizabeth Warren (!) talking about domestic manufacturing. pic.twitter.com/nFsmtUjNJk — Cernovich (@Cernovich) February 26, 2020

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