Jennifer Rubin, a former conservative columnist for the Washington Post, said Sunday there will be fewer Democrat deaths from the coronavirus than Republican deaths — and blamed Fox News.
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Rubin made her pronouncement on MSNBC's "AM Joy," during which host Joy Reid pointed to a Post analysis piece titled, "Older Americans are more worried about coronavirus — unless they're Republican."
"Trump's own people are actually in greater danger, but those of us who live in this Earth can't even reach them," Reid told Rubin. "They're not listening to anything that any of us say, including someone like you who's a former Republican. You can't reach them."
"No, and there is a particular cruelty/irony that it is their core viewers, the Republican older viewers ... who are the most at risk," Rubin replied, referring to Fox News. "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."
Then Rubin predicted a more far-reaching demise for Republicans.
"So ... I hate to put it in these terms, there [are going to] be less Democrat deaths because of ... the less mass gatherings. There will be less opportunities for people to congregate and share this horrible disease," she said before letting loose with a nervous chuckle. "So it is a really a very short-sighted strategy."
"But, I think now the name of the game is, 'How do they get back on Planet Earth?' And part of the way I think they're doing it is down the memory hole," Rubin continued before giving her version of Fox News reporting. "'[Trump] jumped on this right away, don't you know? It was because of all that planning that we're doing so well,' which is head-spinning for the rest of us who watched him for weeks say this was a hoax. But this is how they do it at Fox News. Suddenly, he's been the most [pro]-active president."