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Politics Trump backers see a coronavirus conspiracy

03:45  27 february  2020
03:45  27 february  2020 Source:   politico.com

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Some supporters of President Donald Trump see a threat bigger than the spread of a highly contagious novel coronavirus : a conspiracy by “deep state” actors to use the virus against the president. One key piece of evidence: A Centers for Disease Control official making public statements on the outbreak is

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Some supporters of President Donald Trump see a threat bigger than the spread of a highly contagious novel coronavirus: a conspiracy by “deep state” actors to use the virus against the president.

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One key piece of evidence fueling their theory: A Centers for Disease Control official making public statements on the outbreak is the sister of Rod Rosenstein, the former deputy attorney general who oversaw the Mueller probe and, according to a disputed report, once discussed removing Trump from office.

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Dr. Nancy Messonnier, head of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases — who got a shoutout from her brother for attending his 2017 confirmation hearing -- warned Americans in a Tuesday media briefing that an outbreak in the U.S. is inevitable.

Messonnier’s comments got widespread attention, sparking calls for further actions by the administration, which had long struck a more reassuring note. The furor appeared to catch Trump flat-footed while en route back from his summit with the Indian prime minister, where he had declared the outbreak "very well under control."

a person holding a microphone: WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 28: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases Director Nancy Messonnier speaks during a press conference today at the Department of Health and Human Services on the coordinated public health response to the 2019 coronavirus (2019-nCoV) as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield looks on January 28, 2020 in Washington, DC. The virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has infected 4,500 people and killed at least 109, mostly in China. Currently 110 people are being evaluated in the United States for infection, with five confirmed cases. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) © Samuel Corum/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 28: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases Director Nancy Messonnier speaks during a press conference today at the Department of Health and Human Services on the coordinated public health response to the 2019 coronavirus (2019-nCoV) as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield looks on January 28, 2020 in Washington, DC. The virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has infected 4,500 people and killed at least 109, mostly in China. Currently 110 people are being evaluated in the United States for infection, with five confirmed cases. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

The likes of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and Jim Hoft, publisher of the Gateway Pundit, a conspiratorial, pro-Trump site, have seized on the sibling connection, as have a large number of anonymous Twitter accounts.

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US President Donald Trump has commended his Chinese counterpart for his country’s quick response to a rapidly moving coronavirus outbreak, as additional “In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!” China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus .

“Rod Rosenstein as we all know definitely worked to undermine the Trump administration, which is oddly exactly what his sister is doing by undermining the more logical and calm message the president’s team has issued on the virus,” charged conservative pundit Wayne Dupree in a Wednesday blog post.

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Global financial markets have been sliding for several days over concerns about the fallout from the virus, a trend that threatens Trump’s rosy economic message as well as his political future.

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Yet there is no evidence that federal health authorities are over-stating the threat of coronavirus to prosecute a political vendetta against Trump, and some conservatives – even as they praised the administration’s response – rushed to defend Messonier.

"I've heard people jumping on Nancy Messonnier because she told us the truth: that it's not a matter of if but when,”Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) told reporters on Wednesday. “Isn't that what you want to hear instead of some pie in the sky?"

Trump himself -- who rose to political prominence by promoting the false idea that Barack Obama was not born in the United States -- has aired his own suspicions that mainstream media outlets are sensationalizing the virus and contributing to a plunging stock market. “Low Ratings Fake News MSDNC (Comcast) & @CNN are doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible,” he tweeted on Wednesday morning.

The tweet came after Limbaugh aired fears that the virus was being “weaponized” against Trump on his Monday radio program. He accused the “Drive-By Media” of over-hyping the threat posed by the virus in order to tank financial markets.

“There’s nothing unusual about the coronavirus,” opined Limbaugh, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Trump earlier this month. Limbaugh, who also compared the virus to the "common cold," followed up on Tuesday by seizing on the Messonnier-Rosenstein connection.

Other Trump supporters, meanwhile, have seized on the crisis to deflect blame to some of the president’s favorite targets: foreign governments and powerful global organizations.

In a January 29 blog post, America First Policies, a pro-Trump nonprofit co-founded by Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale, criticized the Chinese Communist Party and the World Health Organization for not doing enough to raise the alarm about the outbreak.

The World Health Organization,” the group wrote, “is a case study of how the Chinese Communist Party infects supposedly apolitical institutions.”

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HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/USA-PENCE (URGENT):Pence says risk to Americans from coronavirus remains low , after authorities in Washington state announced the deaths of four more people, raising the U.S. death toll to six. © Reuters U.S. Vice President Mike Pence gives a news briefing about the coronavirus with members of the White House coronavirus task force at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 2, 2020.

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