Trump boosters: Don't believe the coronavirus death toll - 2020-05-07
An increasing number of conservatives are convinced the medical community and the media are inflating the coronavirus death toll for political purposes, despite nearly all evidence indicating that, if anything, the figure is an undercount.
The conspiracy theory started with those who argued the figure was being manipulated, before morphing into a more generalized suspicion about coronavirus modeling among Republicans. Fox News has begun to feature a constant drumbeat of doubt about the reliability of any model, and President Donald Trump on Sunday called the models "wrong from day one" and "out of whack," but insisted on Tuesday he believed the government's death toll.
The uncertainty among some conservatives emanates from a long-standing wariness of health experts and the mainstream news organizations reporting on the fatalities. And it has fueled misgivings about every number originating from officials and researchers, as well as about whether the media is incorrectly contextualizing those numbers to degrade the president.