Liberty University President Jerry Falwell raised plenty of eyebrows with his comments suggesting the coronavirus could be a bio-weapon attack from North Korea.
Falwell wondered about the politicization of the virus which originated in Wuhan, China as he discussed his views on the pandemic in an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Friday.
(Source: Fox News)
Concerns about COVID-19 seem to be overblown, in Falwell’s estimation, as he questioned why there has been so much “overreacting” to the outbreak which has resulted in 4,700 deaths worldwide.
“It’s just strange to me how so many are overreacting. The H1N1 virus of 2009 killed 17,000 people. It was the flu also I think. And there was not the same hype,” Falwell said Friday.
“You just didn’t see it on the news 24/7. And it makes you wonder if there’s a political reason for that,” he added.
“You know, impeachment didn’t work. And the Mueller Report didn’t work. And Article 25 didn’t work, so maybe now this is their next — their next attempt to get Trump,” he suggested.
“But, I had the owner of a restaurant ask me last night, he said do you remember the North Korean leader promised a Christmas present? For America. Back in December. Could it be they got together with China and this is that present?” Falwell said, referring to a threat from Pyongyang at the end of 2019 warning of a “Christmas gift” for the U.S., which many thought was possibly a long-distance missile test.
“I don’t know, but it really is something strange going on,” Falwell told Fox News.
He offered no evidence for the idea that the virus is a bio-weapon aimed at hurting Trump, nor any North Korean connection to its original outbreak in China. However, the contention that the media helped hype the reports in an effort to smear the president has been posited by others who have condemned the hysteria.
Fox News host Steve Hilton called for and end to the “wild, reckless overreaction based on panic, not science” in a monologue last week warning of the “catastrophic overreaction” to the coronavirus outbreak being caused by the media and Democrats.
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Many states in the U.S. have declared a state of emergency amid over 1,700 reported cases across the country and 41 deaths. Trump declared a national emergency over the coronavirus outbreak on Friday.
“The action I am taking will open up access to up to $50 billion…and a large amount of money for states, territories and localities,” he said. “We’ve been working very hard on this. We will overcome the threat of the virus.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases and part of the administration’s coronavirus task force, told lawmakers in a hearing this week that the illness is “ten times more lethal than the seasonal flu.”
“The seasonal flu we deal with every year has a mortality of 0.1%. The stated mortality overall of this when you look at all the data, including China, is about 3%, it first started off as 2 and now 3,” he said.
Falwell was attacked on social media for sharing the theory raised by the restaurant owner he spoke with and again after sharing the video on Twitter with his nearly 80,000 followers.
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