Vice President Mike Pence went on Bustle Limbaugh’s radio point to on Friday to assure Americans that threat posed by the coronavirus in the United States is “low” but “we’re ready for whatever may arrive.”
Limbaugh, who has vigorously defended the administration’s handling of the disaster, has previously compared the coronavirus to “the general cold” and complained that concerns about an outbreak in the U.S. have been being “weaponized” by Democrats and the media.
Pence, who has been placed in charge of the administration’s response by President Donald Trump, preached harmony and caution in his remarks on the fair-wing talk point to host’s program.
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“We’re all in this together,” he told Limbaugh, noting that he’d already spoken to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., in addition to the Democratic governors of their states.
“I mean, we’re all going to arrive together as Americans and deal with this recount and put the health and safety of the American folks first,” said Pence, who also repeatedly praised Trump’s leadership of the response effort.
“I think our team has done a very worthy job,” Pence said. “We’re going to note the facts, note the science and tune out the politics.”
Limbaugh said on his point to earlier this week that the reporting on the coronavirus was being overhyped by Democrats and the media in an effort to hurt the president.
“The coronavirus is being weaponized as but another factor to bring down Donald Trump,” he said Wednesday. “I want to to expose you the reality about the coronavirus. The coronavirus is the general cold.”
The media, Limbaugh said, “would care for for the coronavirus to be this deadly strain that wipes all americans out, so they may blame Trump for it.”
The outbreak has spread from China to at least 40 international locations around the sector, including the U.S.
Dareh Gregorian is a politics reporter for NBC News.