The Washington Post was blasted for achieving a new low with an article screaming its disdain for rural America.
A new “analysis” written by The Post’s Philip Bump sparked scathing backlash for its “positively ghoulish” premise and apparent attack on supporters of President Donald Trump.
The article, headlined “1 in 8 Trump voters lives in a county with no ICU beds” was published Friday and was focused on a new study presented in an article titled, “Millions Of Older Americans Live In Counties With No ICU Beds As Pandemic Intensifies.”
That piece, which appeared in Kaiser Health News, claimed that “more than half the counties in America have no intensive care beds, posing a particular danger for more than 7 million people who are age 60 and up.”
Bump used the study as the jumping-off point in his “analysis” targeting Trump.
The implication in premise of stories like these is positively ghoulish. https://t.co/64lXqURRts
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) March 20, 2020
“The presence of a hospital and of intensive-care units correlates to how rural the county is, as you might expect. But that also means there is a remarkable bit of overlap with politics, given how central the rural vote was to President Trump’s election in 2016,” he wrote.
“Comparing the county-level data from Kaiser Health News to 2016 presidential election data, we discovered a remarkable bit of data: About 8.3 million people who voted for Trump in 2016 live in counties where there are no ICU beds or no hospitals. That amounts to about 13 percent of the total votes Trump earned in that election, or one out of every eight votes,” Bump continued, adding that the president “won 10 times as many counties with no ICU beds as did Clinton.”
The Post’s national correspondent continued to connect the lack of ICU beds to Trump voters.
“For every person 60 or older in a county which voted for Clinton and has no ICU beds, there are 10 times as many people in that age group in counties that backed Trump and have no ICU beds,” he said, eventually declaring that the issue is actually not “about politics.”
“The issue here isn’t politics. It is that many Americans have limited access to the sort of medical care the virus might necessitate. It’s that many others live in places where that access will quickly be strained by the volume of covid-19 cases that are expected to emerge,” he claimed. “For a president so heavily focused on his base, though, it is worth noting how heavily that former group overlaps with his most fervent support.”
Twitter users slammed Bump and his premise, calling out the paper for its “pure class” – or lack thereof.
This is literally the dumbest effing statistic that anyone has ever posted. https://t.co/Et1qPfeGSx
— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) March 20, 2020
Pure class as always. https://t.co/f2jKd61e1F
— BT (@back_ttys) March 20, 2020
Analysis: 5 in 8 Hillary voters lives in a major metro cesspool, run by other Democrats for decades, with squalor, filth, crime, and disease in their streets. https://t.co/T1pHcKzcBe
— Still not cancelled (but REKT) G (@TCC_Grouchy) March 20, 2020
Translation: people who live in rural communities are ignorant & if they were smarter they would live in large metropolitan areas with bigger hospitals. Why is this post even relevant, except to make a coastal elitist WaPo writer feel superior.
— Sarah Roderick (@sarahroderick) March 20, 2020
I believe they are somewhat subliminally calling us rural hicks
— john s (@jsimi17) March 20, 2020
really…u have to do this right now? do your part during this crisis when we need to come together as One Nation 🇺🇸
— SJ (@RoadTripnIndian) March 20, 2020
Some of the counties have running water, though. Even indoor plumbing.
Yes, Obamacare killed rural hospitals. Nice that you re now discovering it. https://t.co/Hd5IIABDF1
— Oh THAT Guy (@NathanWurtzel) March 20, 2020
Many of us also have more space to socially distance ourselves. https://t.co/sET9WpHD9c
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) March 20, 2020
Trump voters are also more likely to have purchased toilet paper, medicine, food stores and ammunition before anything closed or panic set in. We will be ok.
— Hawkfire (@AHawkfire) March 20, 2020
The media doesn’t even try to hide its disdain for Trump supporters
— Lisa Boothe (@LisaMarieBoothe) March 20, 2020
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