Rush Limbaugh Claims The 'Common Cold' Coronavirus Is An Effort To ‘Get Trump’

  
Via:  john-russell  •  one month ago  •  41 comments

Rush Limbaugh Claims The 'Common Cold' Coronavirus Is An Effort To ‘Get Trump’
To wrap up his monologue, Limbaugh declared the coverage of the outbreak represents an effort by the media to show that “Trump and capitalism are destroying America and destroying the world.” 

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Right-wing radio host  Rush Limbaugh  claimed  on his show  Monday that the potentially lethal coronavirus afflicting several countries is nothing more than a “common cold” blown out of proportion by the media to take down President  Donald Trump  ― even as he also asserted it was a “bioweapon” created by China in a laboratory.

“It looks like the coronavirus is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump,” Limbaugh said at the start of his lengthy, misinformation-filled rant.

“Now, I want to tell you the truth about the coronavirus. ... I’m dead right on this. The coronavirus is the common cold, folks.”

Coronaviruses comprise a large family of many viruses, ranging in severity from the common cold to more severe illnesses such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome ( SARS ), an epidemic that infected more than 8,000 people in 2003. A novel coronavirus, such as the current COVID-19 outbreak, is a new strain of the virus that has previously not been identified in humans, the   World Health Organization  clearly explains on its site.

Limbaugh, though, chose to go off on his own tangent.

“The drive-by media hype of this thing as a pandemic, as the Andromeda strain, as, ‘Oh, my God. If you get it, you’re dead...’ I think the survival rate is 98%,” he said. “Ninety-eight percent of people who get the coronavirus survive. It’s a respiratory system virus.”

The mortality rate is not yet known,   according to WHO.  The organization’s latest   situation report  confirms 79,331 infections globally and 2,618 deaths, both widely reported figures. 

Citing a   debunked conspiracy theory , Limbaugh then claimed the disease was probably a “laboratory experiment” conducted by Chinese officials that is “in the process of being weaponized.”

Experts have repeatedly said that this theory, pushed in conservative circles, has no scientific basis.

“There’s absolutely nothing in the genome sequence of this virus that indicates the virus was engineered,” Richard Ebright, a professor of chemical biology at Rutgers University, told The   Washington Post . “The possibility this was a deliberately released bioweapon can be firmly excluded.”

Limbaugh insisted that the disease is being “weaponized by virtue of the media” in an “effort to bring down Trump,” doing so by scaring investors into cashing out of the stock market. ( Global markets fell sharply   on Monday after the novel coronavirus surged in countries outside of China, raising concerns about the threat the outbreak poses to the global economy).

To wrap up his monologue, Limbaugh declared the coverage of the outbreak represents an effort by the media to show that “Trump and capitalism are destroying America and destroying the world.” 

He also worked in a reference to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during his diatribe, saying the Democratic presidential candidate wants to transform the U.S. into a “mirror image of” the country in which the novel coronavirus was first detected in humans ― China. 

“It didn’t come from an American lab,” Limbaugh said. “It didn’t escape from an American research lab. It hasn’t been spread by Americans. It starts out in a communist country. Its tentacles spread all across the world in numbers that are not big and not huge, but they’re being reported as just the opposite.”

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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    one month ago

How long is the world going to have to put up with this asshole? 

 
 
 
MUVA
1.1  MUVA  replied to  JohnRussell @1    one month ago

Not exactly what he said I listened to both shows  so I call fake news on your take.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  MUVA @1.1    one month ago
“It looks like the coronavirus is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump,” Limbaugh said at the start of his lengthy, misinformation-filled rant. “Now, I want to tell you the truth about the coronavirus. ... I’m dead right on this. The coronavirus is the common cold, folks.”

They have it in quotation marks. Show us your proof that is not what he said. 

 
 
 
MUVA
1.1.2  MUVA  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.1    one month ago

No

 
 
 
Gordy327
1.1.3  Gordy327  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.1    one month ago

Does Rush also think the Earth is flat or 6000 years old? The moon landings fake? Ect..

 
 
 
MUVA
1.1.4  MUVA  replied to  Gordy327 @1.1.3    one month ago

I wonder if he thinks weather started 150 years ago when they starting keeping records,

 
 
 
WallyW
1.1.5  WallyW  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.1    one month ago
"The coronavirus is the common cold, folks.”
No, JR....he did not say that.

 
 
 
WallyW
1.1.6  WallyW  replied to  Gordy327 @1.1.3    one month ago

No.....to both.

 
 
 
Gordy327
1.1.7  Gordy327  replied to  WallyW @1.1.6    one month ago

I was being facetious. 

 
 
 
Gordy327
1.1.8  Gordy327  replied to  MUVA @1.1.4    one month ago

Or if he thinks weather and climate are the same thing?

 
 
 
MUVA
1.1.9  MUVA  replied to  Gordy327 @1.1.8    one month ago

Or if he knows what a normal climate is on a planet billions of years old where weather has been recorded for only a 150 years.

 
 
 
Gordy327
1.1.10  Gordy327  replied to  MUVA @1.1.9    one month ago

That too, lol

 
 
 
Dignitatem Societatis
1.1.11  Dignitatem Societatis  replied to  MUVA @1.1    one month ago
Not exactly what he said I listened to both shows  so I call fake news on your take.

I don't know what you think you listened to, but I just stumbled across Katrix showing you the actual clip in another discussion.

 
 
 
Dignitatem Societatis
1.1.12  Dignitatem Societatis  replied to  WallyW @1.1.5    one month ago
No, JR....he did not say that.

Yes, Wally....he did say that. See above.

 
 
 
Dignitatem Societatis
1.1.13  Dignitatem Societatis  replied to  Gordy327 @1.1.10    one month ago
That too, lol

Dollars to doughnuts says he thinks you're taking shots at John, not Rush.

 
 
 
Split Personality
1.1.14  Split Personality  replied to  Dignitatem Societatis @1.1.11    one month ago

By the way Mr. Limbaugh, the accepted survival rate is around 3.3% and climbing

so if everyone in the US were exposed

That's potentially 1 MILLION victims.

No small event, but then math and the truth were never Rush's strong suit.

But he can sell CBD oils, skin care products and ice cream...

 
 
 
Dean Moriarty
1.2  Dean Moriarty  replied to  JohnRussell @1    one month ago

He's here to stay. He's in the Smithsonian. 

https://npg.si.edu/object/npg_NPG.97.TC16.1

 
 
 
Split Personality
1.2.1  Split Personality  replied to  Dean Moriarty @1.2    one month ago

And that's exactly as he should be remembered.

A poster child for lung cancer smoking a cigar in better days gone by.

The man who saved AM radio with hateful, shock, conspiracy talk shows, not so much.

 
 
 
squiggy
1.3  squiggy  replied to  JohnRussell @1    one month ago

“It looks like the coronavirus is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump,”

Yes, but by the left as Pelosi and Schumer suddenly come from behind with an interest in a hermitic border. If Trump's plan is too little, too late - What's theirs?

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
1.4  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  JohnRussell @1    one month ago

I will chip in for a one way ticket to China for him.  If it is just a cold, let him catch cold.

 
 
 
Larry Hampton
2  Larry Hampton    one month ago

Limbaugh is an idiot, a dangerous idiot.

 
 
 
lady in black
3  lady in black    one month ago

And this is the azzwipe that received the Medal of Freedom, what a vile human being

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
3.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  lady in black @3    one month ago

I really don't think you want to bring up "earned" medals of anything here...............jus' sayin'

 
 
 
lady in black
3.1.1  lady in black  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3.1    one month ago

He didn't earn it

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
4  Just Jim NC TttH    one month ago
The mortality rate is not yet known,   according to WHO.  The organization’s latest   situation report  confirms 79,331 infections globally and 2,618 deaths, both widely reported figures.

"At this point in the season, CDC estimates indicate that there have been 13 million influenza illnesses, 120,000 hospitalizations, and 6600 flu-related deaths."

https://www.contagionlive.com/news/cdc-reports-13-million-flu-cases-thus-far-in-201920-season

Well hell. When do we declare our own scary stats? Our numbers are NOT what anyone wants to see but I'm sorry. There is a some reason for the huge concern but, our economy isn't affected by the domestic situation. I just don't get the panic. Anyone care to expound on the reasoning?

 
 
 
evilgenius
4.1  evilgenius  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @4    one month ago
I just don't get the panic.

Me either. A couple of months ago people were panicked about white vans because of fake Facebook posts. People are weird.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
4.2  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @4    one month ago

So people around the world are panicking just to hurt President Trump? 

That is Limbaugh's conclusion. 

Personally I dont think this virus is all that bad, in terms of killing people, either, but I wouldnt go on a national radio show and make a conspiracy out of it either. 

Enough of these assholes like Limbaugh, and Trump. 

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
4.2.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  JohnRussell @4.2    one month ago
So people around the world are panicking just to hurt President Trump?

Didn't say that.............at all. People around the world, yes, have their own problems but just look at the doom and gloom and the affect it is having on our financial markets. And I agree it isn't that bad but for some reason, this is bigger than any outbreak in the history of the world according to some. One cannot help but to deduce, with thought, that the hype is a bit much................and in the financial field it's working. Could it be that that may be a reason? I really don't think this warrants ongoing front page news to the extent that it is...........unless we want to destabilize everything......think about that one for a minute.

 
 
 
evilgenius
5  evilgenius    one month ago

COVID-19 has a mortality rate somewhere around 2.3% to 3.3% (some sites reporting 2% to 4%). Probably on the lower end. There may be a correlation in that mortality data with Diabetes. It isn't the mortality rate so much as the rate of spread - which I couldn't find an actual figure on. The communicability of the virus to infect those around it. It seems to spread very fast, which is why China and now Italy, S Korea and Iran quarantine whole communities. The WHO is worried if this gets out of control in Sub-Saharan Africa where they don't have the facilities to treat large amounts of sick population.

The WHO and the US CDC has been most strident in their reporting that it IS NOT a pandemic (yet), but could be if we don't stay on top of it. The latest news from the CDC is IF this does become a pandemic are hospitals, business, state/city services prepared for worst case scenarios? The statement specifically said those who have a plan are best suited to weather a crisis IF there is one. We can't fight fires if the whole fire department is sick.

 
 
 
WallyW
6  WallyW    one month ago

The leftists like Schumer and Pelosi are trying to start a panic

 
 
 
evilgenius
6.1  evilgenius  replied to  WallyW @6    one month ago
The leftists like Schumer and Pelosi are trying to start a panic

Please point to where Schumer and Pelosi said anything about COVID-19? 

 
 
 
MonsterMash
6.1.1  MonsterMash  replied to  evilgenius @6.1    one month ago
Please point to where Schumer and Pelosi said anything about COVID-19? 

President Trump announced a $2.5 billion request in funding from Congress to fight the virus. Chuck Schumer criticized it saying, it should be more.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the request "long overdue," claiming it is "completely inadequate to the scale of this emergency."

 
 
 
Tacos!
6.1.2  Tacos!  replied to  MonsterMash @6.1.1    one month ago

I have no way of knowing whether 5 cents or 5 trillion dollars would do anything to the virus. I wonder what they think the "correct" amount is.

 
 
 
MonsterMash
6.1.3  MonsterMash  replied to  Tacos! @6.1.2    one month ago
I wonder what they think the "correct" amount is.

The correct amount is whatever Pelosi and Schumer say it is.

 
 
 
evilgenius
6.1.4  evilgenius  replied to  MonsterMash @6.1.1    one month ago

Political circuses probably. Calling for panic no.

 
 
 
Kathleen
7  Kathleen    one month ago

He does say some stupid things, but because he is very sick, I will just overlook it.  Is anyone tying you up and forcing you to listen to him? Just do not read what he has to say. 

 
 
 
Tacos!
8  Tacos!    one month ago
The coronavirus is the common cold

Technically, that's correct. It actually is the same family of viruses. The current outbreak appears to be a new strain with a relatively high mortality rate compared to the strains we think of as "common cold." Calling it that makes it sound like it's not at all a big deal. It's possible there is some overreaction in some quarters, but it's certainly not as mild as a "common cold."

 
 
 
MUVA
8.1  MUVA  replied to  Tacos! @8    one month ago

Don’t confuse the minions they have their mind made up.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
8.2  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Tacos! @8    one month ago

Thanks for the link and voice of reason. FFS they will jump on anything.....................because Trump or in this case, a fairly supportive conservative that likes Trump. That's all it takes for some. Sad existence. 

 
 
 
Gordy327
8.3  Gordy327  replied to  Tacos! @8    one month ago

To get even more technical, the corona virus, like the flu, has been around and has many strains. The current strain happens to be more virulent and dangerous than other strains, hence the level of fear surrounding it.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
9  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    one month ago

Although I will admit to my own constant state of befuddlement regarding a vast array of topics, something about Rush Limbaugh's position on this topic is confusing to me.  Stage IV lung cancer usually requires aggressive treatment which would include chemotherapy.  If he is undergoing a traditional treatment program, a mild case of the sniffles could kill him.  As a matter of fact, I thought it was odd that he attended the SOTU.  I'm sure there were all kinds of germs floating around in that huge group of people.  Odder still, was the fact that he chose not to wear a protective mask.

My point?  Why would the man shrug off something that, if contracted, could kill him before he was even diagnosed with it?  Oh, well.  I'm sure he has nothing to worry about while under Dr. Trump's capable oncological care.

 
 
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