- Donald Trump Jr. accused Democrats on Friday of hoping the coronavirus “comes here and kills millions of people so that they can end Donald Trump’s streak of winning.”
- The executive vice president of the Trump Organisation took particular issue with a New York Times opinion piece titled “Let’s Call It Trumpvirus.”
- “Anything that they can use to try to hurt Trump, they will,” Trump Jr. said. “Anything he does in a positive sense … they will not give him credit for.”
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Donald Trump Jr. went on a tirade during a “Fox & Friends” appearance and said Democrats were for rooting for the coronavirus to kill millions of people just to besmirch his father’s presidency.
The executive vice president of the Trump organisation was speaking from CPAC in Maryland, where conservatives gather annually to exchange ideas and, more recently, unite behind President Donald Trump.
“Anything that they can use to try to hurt Trump, they will,” Trump Jr. said. “Anything he does in a positive sense … they will not give him credit for.
“The playbook is old at this point,” he added. “But 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. I don’t know if this is coronavirus or Trump derangement syndrome, but these people are infected badly.”
While other Fox programming brought on reporters and experts to relay evidence critical of the administration’s handling of the coronavirus – which has been bungled at several junctures already – the hosts of “Fox & Friends” were far more friendly to Trump in their framing of the events.
“Are you surprised the way they have been handling the coronavirus situation, meaning Democrats?” host Brian Kilmeade asked Trump Jr.
The president’s eldest son alluded to a New York Times opinion piece titled “Let’s Call It Trumpvirus” during his appearance: “To run that in The New York Times; this isn’t Vox. This isn’t one of these crazy left-wing [outlets].”
The op-ed, which was written by opinion columnist Gail Collins, skewers Trump for putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the coronavirus during his meandering press conference earlier this week.
“They can have it both ways because no one in the media will actually cover themselves honestly,” Trump Jr. said.