WaPo shares ‘positively ghoulish’ and dumbest coronavirus statistic ever about Trump voters

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.

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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 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.

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