Rush Limbaugh Says Media Hopes Coronavirus 'Wipes Everybody Out So They Could Blame Trump'

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday that the mainstream media's "leftist agenda" means they would like to see a coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. so they can lay the blame at the feet of President Donald Trump.

Coronavirus, a respiratory infection which has killed over 2,000 people globally, is expected to become a threat in the U.S., according to health officials.

"Ultimately, we expect we will see community spread in the United States," said Dr. Nancy Messonnier of the Centers for Disease Control on Tuesday. "It's not a question of if this will happen, but when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illnesses."

Trump has downplayed the threat of a U.S. outbreak of the virus, telling reporters Tuesday that it is "very well under control in our country."

"We have very few people with it," Trump continued. "We think they'll be in very good shape very soon. We think that whole situation will start working out."

Limbaugh told his audience that news reports about the coronavirus were overblown and that the "media wants [the coronavirus] to be what it not yet is."

"On the first day of hurricane season, [members of the media] hope for Hurricane Katrina so they can say 'climate change,' anything to advance the leftist agenda," Limbaugh said. "Now, the leftist agenda includes getting rid of Trump."

"They would love for the coronavirus to be this deadly strain that wipes everybody out, so they could blame Trump for it," Limbaugh claimed.

"Don't doubt me on that," Limbaugh added. "If you've been paying attention to mainstream media for the past four years, you can't doubt me on that." He then cited Russian collusion and the impeachment proceedings as examples of media outlets making the news "what they wanted to be true. And because they wanted it to be true, they reported it as true."

Newsweek reached out to Limbaugh for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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Rush Limbaugh told his radio show audience Tuesday that the media hopes the coronavirus "wipes everybody out" so they can blame President Donald Trump for the deaths. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty

Trump's administration has requested $1.25 billion in emergency funding to fight the spread of coronavirus. Also requested are $535 million in funds earmarked for the prevention and treatment of the Ebola virus.

"With the appropriation of new emergency funding, as well as the repurposing of FY 2020 Ebola resources, reprioritization of other FY 2020 funding across HHS, and contributions from other Government agencies, across the Government we expect to allocate at least $2.5 billion in total resources for COVID-19 response efforts," read Monday's budget request from the White House.

Some House Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, do not think the Trump administration is doing enough to halt the spread of coronavirus.

"The President's request for coronavirus response funding is long overdue and completely inadequate to the scale of this emergency," Pelosi said in a statement on Monday. "Our state and local governments need serious funding to be ready to respond effectively to any outbreak in the U.S. The President should not be raiding money that Congress has appropriated for other life-or-death public health priorities."

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday on the Senate floor that the Trump administration had been "caught flat-footed" by the spread of the virus.

"The administration has no plan to deal with the coronavirus, no plan and seemingly no urgency to develop one," Schumer said.