Hugh Hewitt is once again under fire, this time for almost appearing to be glad a deadly SARS-related virus has been diagnosed in a patient in Washington state – saying additional diagnoses will take the focus away from the Senate’s historic impeachment trial. Hewitt is a conservative Washington Post columnist, radio host, MSNBC and NBC contributor, and law professor who went from being a “Never-Trumper” to all-in for President Donald Trump.
“People care much more for their health than theater,” said Hewitt via Twitter, referring to Trump’s impeachment trial. The SARS-related virus, known as the Wuhan coronavirus, is named for an area of China where it was first found. It “has infected more than 300 people and killed six in an outbreak that has struck China, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and now the US,” CNN reports.
“It’s a nightmare to consider and pray they don’t arrive, but more cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and news cycle fixated on pre-ordained result in Senate trial will at least be dented if not broken,” he tweeted.
Many on social media were angered. Take a look at some of the responses:
When you love a man so much that you seem to kind of be hoping for a disease to take hold in America as it might take the heat off your guy – it’s probably time to take a moment and reflect on what you’ve become. https://t.co/vjaCK8DX3R
— Jeff Kemp (@jkempcpa) January 21, 2020
Disease Fanboy weighs in
— paperclip.exe 📎 (@xiruxi) January 21, 2020
Nothing to see here. Just @NBCNews contributor Hugh Hewitt rooting for a pandemic to kill Americans to “distract” from Trump’s impeachment.
Of course, if coronavirus killed people using a gun, Hugh would call politicizing it “inappropriate.”
— RevDJEsq (@RevDJEsq) January 21, 2020
“Gosh, I hope a lot of people get sick so the media will stop paying attention to this trial.” https://t.co/bPHGlg6xX7
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) January 21, 2020
I’ll translate: Hugh hopes a pandemic will distract you from the coverup. https://t.co/lBjkSd46zt
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) January 21, 2020
Oh thank god for viral outbreaks, I was almost bored with the news of a criminal conspiracy enveloping the highest levels of government of one of the most powerful and dangerous countries on the planet. https://t.co/K00JERwrQJ
— Stephen Belcher (@sycobuny) January 21, 2020
“If enough people die it will distract from impeachment” is certainly a take, you soulless ghoul https://t.co/rSgzMKesPd
— Mere Smith (@EvilGalProds) January 21, 2020
Says guy rooting for and helping to enable the “pre-ordained result” and pure “theater” of this trial as he tweets a crazily unrelated story.
— Kurt Andersen (@KBAndersen) January 21, 2020
“I really hope this thing that kills people and might help my team doesn’t happen” https://t.co/k4id94UDdE
— Christian Vanderbrouk (@UrbanAchievr) January 21, 2020
No two ways about it this is the take of a bad person. Hugh, you are a bad person. Hugh, you don’t have to be a bad person. Cut it out. https://t.co/h2vemJivcC
— Shea Flinn (@FlinnShady) January 21, 2020
“Please God send us a plague to divert attention from bad publicity for Dear Leader” is totally normal too https://t.co/Y0iK78XhEE
— Cathy Young (@CathyYoung63) January 21, 2020
I think, I could be wrong, that the CDC is on top of this and, to date, has no responsibilities regarding the Senate trial. Maybe you have some inside source. https://t.co/AYJNyoKbbl
— Thomas Battin (@TomBattin) January 21, 2020
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Pro-Trump Coronavirus Truthers Try to Invade Utah Hospital Overrun With COVID-19 Patients: Report
When President Donald Trump was voted out of office in the 2020 election, one of the top reasons why millions of U.S. residents voted to replace him with former Vice President Joe Biden was his woefully inadequate response to the coronavirus pandemic. Regardless, so-called “coronavirus truthers” on the far right continue to insist that the pandemic is merely a hoax that President-elect Biden and other Democrats used to harm Trump’s presidency. And at a Utah hospital that is being overrun with COVID-19 patients, the Daily Beast reports, health care workers are having to cope with extremists who don’t even believe that the patients are sick.
“Conspiracy theorists,” journalist Michael Daly reports in the Beast, have made “repeated visits” to Utah Valley Hospital in recent weeks. According to Daly, Utah’s coronavirus truthers “decided that the small number of cars outside the Provo facility was evidence that the pandemic is a hoax” and “entered the hospital with video cameras seeking to film what they believed would be an equally empty ICU.”
Kyle Hansen, an administrator at Utah Valley Hospital, told the Provo City Council, “It’s conspiracy theorists that believe what they’re being told is not accurate. They’re determined to videotape and capture the proof of that by accessing our facilities. We’ve had some people get really creative in how they’ve lied about coming in for an appointment or other things.”
Of course, the intensive care unit at Utah Valley Hospital — like many other ICUs around the United States — has been anything but empty at a time when the coronavirus pandemic is going from bad to worse. According to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, the COVID-19 pandemic has killed more than 1.3 million people worldwide and over 248,700 in the United States. And some medical experts believe that the worst is yet to come this winter.
“None of the intruders seem to have gained entry to the ICU (at Utah Valley Hospital),” Daly explains. “But had they succeeded, they would have only been able to document it was, in fact, at full capacity, with a brave and dedicated staff under great physical and emotional strain. Had the intruders been less deluded, they might have understood that the small number (of) cars in the parking lot is explained by posted restrictions on visitors that are standard at hospitals during the pandemic. COVID-19 is not some minor illness where you might drive yourself to the hospital and leave your car outside for a few hours.”
Nonetheless, coronavirus truthers continue to harass Utah Valley Hospital employees. Hansen told the Provo City Council, “We have an inordinate amount of phone calls that we’re receiving every day from the community wanting to know: ‘Is your ICU really full?’”
Patricia Grossman, a neonatal intensive care nurse at Utah Valley Hospital, died from COVID-19 on October 30 — and her widower, Bryan Grossman is understandably fed up with coronavirus truthers. Bryan Grossman told the Daily Beast, “They’re idiots. The hospital is filled with COVID people — COVID patients who don’t have cars.… I just don’t understand people sometimes…. The big thing I think is so silly about all this is: how could this possibly be fake? The whole world would have to be faking it.”
The truthers, Bryan Grossman added, believe they are standing up for the outgoing President Trump.
“They’re trying to protect the president,” Grossman explained. “They want to make this all fake. It’s not fake. Talk to your nearest nurse or doctor. They’ll tell you this is real.”
‘This Place Is a Cesspool’: White House Staffers Furious at Trump’s ‘Insane’ Return From Hospital
President Donald Trump left Walter Reed Medical Center and returned to the White House — and his staffers are furious.
The president announced his COVID-19 infection early Friday and spent the weekend getting treated at the hospital, and aides and officials who work with him were alarmed by his dramatic return to the White House, reported Axios.
“It’s insane that he would return to the White House and jeopardize his staff’s health when we are still learning of new cases among senior staff,” one White House source told the website. “This place is a cesspool.”
Several others in the White House have tested positive for the coronavirus, and some staffers have expressed frustration about the lack of communication about the outbreak from chief of staff Mark Meadows.
“[Trump] was so concerned with preventing embarrassing stories that he exposed thousands of his own staff and supporters to a deadly virus,” the White House source said. “He has kept us in the dark, and now our spouses and kids have to pay the price. It’s just selfish.”
Watch: Trump Jr. Falsely Accuses Democrats of Hoping Coronavirus ‘Kills Millions’ to End President’s ‘Streak of Winning’
Donald Trump Jr. is once again attacking Democrats, this time accusing them of politicizing the impending coronavirus pandemic as a means to harm his father, the President.
“For them to try to take a pandemic and seemingly hope that it comes here and kills millions of people so that they can end Donald Trump’s streak of winning, is a new level of sickness,” Trump Jr. told “Fox & Friends” Friday morning.
There are no reports of Democrats saying they hope coronavirus kills millions of Americans.
“I don’t know if this is coronavirus or Trump derangement syndrome but these people are infected badly,” he added. “It’s truly sick.”
Don. Jr was just on Fox & Friends accusing Democrats of hoping coronavirus “comes here and kills millions of people so that they can end Donald Trump’s streak of winning.”
Absolutely insane. pic.twitter.com/Fq5eAUIsnq
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) February 28, 2020
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