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#NeverTrump writer Jen Rubin attacks GOP coronavirus response, gets fact-checked by her own newspaper


She also said more Republicans than Democrats would die from the coronavirus

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The Washington Post's #NeverTrump so-called "conservative" columnist Jennifer Rubin falsely attacked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in a column Tuesday. In her column, the self-described "conservative blogger" accused McConnell of delaying a vote on the House's coronavirus bill.

"The failure to take an immediate vote on the House's relief package last week was emblematic of the sloth and irresponsibility of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)," Rubin wrote while accusing the GOP leader of "fiddling while Rome burns." Rubin also said unless McConnell called a vote, he would be responsible for Americans dying, becoming ill, or experiencing economic hardship.

'Does ... the Post editorial page have editors?'

However, Rubin is wrong. As the Daily Caller pointed out, the Senate did not receive the House's relief package until Tuesday, not last week as she claimed.

"Does [Jennifer Rubin] or the Post editorial page have editors? How does one of Washington's biggest newspapers let egregious errors like this make it to publication?" National Republican Senatorial Committee senior adviser Matt Whitlock asked.

Embarrassing correction

The Post recognized the error and issued a correction to Rubin's column after the publication was blasted on Twitter by conservative leaders.

"An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) delayed a vote on the House's coronavirus relief package," the Post noted in its correction. "In fact, McConnell vowed to move at 'warp speed' on the bill and it was only delayed due to a demand from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for an amendment on the bill. This version has been updated."

Rubin also recently predicted during an MSNBC appearance that more Republicans would die from the coronavirus than Democrats.

"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."

Adding, "[T]here 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."

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