Like most Twitter-using Americans, you started your morning seeing the trending words “Chris Hayes.” The MSNBC primetime host randomly tweeted out that the President of the United States is “pro-COVID.”
Trump is objectively pro-Covid.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 8, 2020
At first, it seemed Hayes was an angry tweeter who woke up bored looking to make the front page. I thought so. Then, it turned out his claim is a talking point of his.
Per Hayes, President Donald Trump is “actively taking steps that will make people sick.”
No more teases, here it is:
WATCH: “If you take the steps that Donald Trump is taking, not just refusing to combat the virus, but actively taking steps that will make people sick, then you are objectively pro-virus," says Chris Hayes. https://t.co/sGRBhtUUMl https://t.co/k1Wg8HcPk1
— All In with Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) September 8, 2020
So we are clear: this wasn’t live TV going wrong and picked up by the blogs. Hayes even retweeted his wild conspiracy.
This bold and reckless claim that a human is rooting for people to die — which is the result of COVID for some — lacks sense. Coronavirus is the primary reason Trump fell so far in the polls earlier this summer. It’s not helping Trump, as Hayes illogically indicates; it has definitively hurt his odds.
Trump’s re-election campaign was set to run on the booming economy, a deciding factor for many independent voters. Instead, when the unemployment line began to mirror Los Angeles traffic in response to the virus, Trump’s chances plummeted. Trump’s poll numbers have since improved, though still trailing Joe Biden’s.
The best in all of this: picturing Hayes’ radical fans proudly smiling they, unlike the president, prefer a world absent of a global pandemic.
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