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In an interview with Vice President Mike Pence on Friday, conservative talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh opined that it appears as though some governors of “blue states” are pushing back on reopening their economies to harm President Donald Trump.
Pence, who told the host that both he and the president had kept Limbaugh in their thoughts as he battles cancer, was there to discuss the administration’s progress on battling the coronavirus as well as plans to reopen the economy.
At one point during the interview, Limbaugh said, “I know you don’t want to get political in the midst of this national fight to defeat this thing,” before observing:
You look at Florida with the job Governor DeSantis is doing. He’s just doing a phenomenal job. Governor Kemp is doing a great job. You go to some of these blue states where these governors seem to have a political desire to inflict pain on your administration rather than get their states reopened. I’m not asking you to comment on that, but how do you coordinate with this new guidance from the CDC to reopen when you have some states that aren’t interested in it?
“Well, look, we’re coordinating with all the governors,” Pence said. “As you point out, when we were only 30 days into 45 days to slow the spread, the president said, ‘Look, we want states to be ready — just as soon as they can safely do it — to open up America again,’ and that’s why a month ago we released those guidelines, the CDC guidelines that came out yesterday and we’ll continue to produce in the future.
“We’re gonna give confidence to businesses and communities to begin to go back to work,” the vice president continued. “But I have to tell you that part of what we want to do is make sure the American people know what’s going on. As I sit here today, even though we are dramatically increasing testing, Rush — because of the public-private partnership the president launched months ago — we just cleared 10 million tests that have been done in this country.”
Early on, Limbaugh observed that Democrats would try to use the coronavirus pandemic to harm President Trump politically.
In February, the host blasted the Leftist establishment media, noting that “the coronavirus is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump.”
As for Democrats utilizing the pandemic to their political advantage, Limbaugh said in March it was their “last chance to destroy Trump and the economy.”
“That’s where we are right now because the Democrats, the bottom has fallen out of their presidential campaign,” he said, noting that the party has had to ‘settle’ on Joe Biden as their nominee.
“So … they’ve got the way they’re looking at this. They’re the ones talking about this could be an opening for the Democrats,” Limbaugh said. “And when you call them out on this, ‘Oh, no, no, no, no, we’re not hoping people get sick. We’re talking about the economy.’
“OK, fine, chance to destroy the U.S. economy for the benefit of the Democratic Party,” Limbaugh added. “And this is what they’ve got going for them.”
Right on cue, Politico reported in early April the Democrats are planning to pin the tanking economy on Trump, even though, as is now evident, a number of blue-state governors and mayors continue to extend lockdown orders, keeping many businesses closed or opened only on a limited basis.
“We think the economy is central to what working people need to hear from candidates and elected officials up and down the ballot,” Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, told the news site.
It should be noted that while the White House put out recommendations for shutting down the country to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Trump never issued a directive. All of them came from governors and mayors.
What’s more, not all states shuttered their economies.
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