The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin is really something. I mean, if you thought to yourself "CNN and MSNBC have Trump Derangement Syndrome really bad," Rubin might give both networks a run for their money. But she’s in good company with both, which is why she’s invited on there to spew her insanity.
She’s considered a conservative. She is not. Maybe in the Obama era, she was something closer to right-leaning, but that’s over now. In a time where partisan bickering should subside, she decided to toss this grenade into the crowd, suggesting that more Republicans than Democrats will die from the Wuhan virus because “right-wing” media is downplaying the crisis. RealClearPolitics clipped and transcribed the nonsense, which she uttered on—you guessed it—MSNBC; Joy Reid’s show to be exact (via RealClearPolitics):
JENNIFER RUBIN, WASHINGTON POST: There is a particular cruelty/irony that it is their core viewers, the Republican older viewers, who are the most at risk.
And when you think about it, which party immediately canceled all of their rallies? Which party immediately started having their political figures really portray and use their lies as an example? It was the Democrats.
So, I hate to put it this way, but there will be less Democrat deaths because there will be less mass gatherings, there will be less opportunities for people to congregate and share this horrible disease. So it is really a very short-sighted strategy.
What’s funny about this is that Reid lamented how older Republicans aren’t worried about this virus because they’re not reaching them or something. Yeah, sorry, no one believes the trash MSNBC doles out—those who actually watch this anti-Trump network. Second, maybe the reason you’re not reaching people is because Rubin, who is not a doctor, suggested that more Republicans will die than Democrats because the latter shuttered a few political gatherings. Is this a serious remark? You don’t even have to be political to know this is nutbar factor six. It’s this idiocy that’s causing the markets to crash. It’s this idiocy that could throw up obstacles to Congress actually trying to get stuff done. Thankfully, a Wuhan virus package was agreed upon. This virus will infect whoever. Creed, political affiliation, race, or gender are no shield to this virus. If you’re near an infected person, you’ll get sick. Period. It’s as simple as that, which is why states are taking measures to close down movie theaters, bars, and restaurants. There are still scores of dumb people—mostly Millennials—who are still going out. It’s not about them getting sick. If they do, they’ll most likely be asymptomatic or feel slightly unwell, but they’re not at risk of dying in the way the immunocompromised and the elderly are right now. And that’s the point. These kids go to a bar, come in contact with an infected person, become a carrier, visit grandma and grandpa in the next two or three weeks, infect them, and possibly kill them.
This is ghoulish and craven, even by Jennifer Rubin standards. Why does anyone feel the agency to politicize pain and possible death? It is GODLESS. https://t.co/q9cp7oQn5V— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 15, 2020
These hot takes are not needed right now. Really, they’re not. It just shows how irresponsible and hate-driven the media is when any Republican is in the Oval Office handling a crisis. This is why most of the time you have to look at what CNN and MSNBC say with healthy skepticism, especially with medical news because they don’t know how to report on it. The press conferences from Dr. Anthony Fauci of the NIH and the information guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are more grounded in the truth than this drivel.