A progressive group prepares to run ads throughout Rush Limbaugh’s radio show in 14 states, intending to counter the popular ultra-conservative talk-show host’s false information about the seriousness of the coronavirus and his criticisms of federal government researchers.
“Fox News and their friends ― and I mean that broadly, not in reference to the program ― has turned a global pandemic into a litmus test about loyalty to Donald Trump,” stated Shaughnessy Naughton, a chemist and former Democratic congressional prospect who leads the group 314 Action, which is concentrated on backing prospects with a background inscience Limbaugh, she stated, is “endangering the lives of his own listeners.”
Limbaugh, together with other Trump-aligned conservative media figures, has actually consistently aired apprehension of the deadliness and severity of the coronavirus pandemic, which has actually now declared almost 11,000 American lives and has actually sent out the nation into an all-but-certain economic downturn as millions of Americans remain home in an effort to restrict the pressure on the nation’s healthcaresystem
Limbaugh has actually stated on his show that “this virus is the common cold” and declared that “all of this panic is just not warranted.” He’s likewise recommended the variety of deaths due to coronavirus is overstated and suggested that federal government health professionals at the U.S. Centers for Illness Control and Avoidance and the National Institutes of Health become part of the “deep state,” acting to weaken the Trump administration.
“The American people did not elect a bunch of health experts that we don’t know,” Limbaugh stated in late March. “We didn’t elect a president to defer to a bunch of health experts that we don’t know.”
In the minute-long radio advertisement, which is set to air in 14 states and Washington, D.C., beginning on Tuesday, a storyteller calls Limbaugh a “national disgrace” for assaulting “Dr. Fauci and the other doctors and scientists who are trying to help save lives and stop the spread of the coronavirus,” describing Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergic Reaction and Contagious Illness.
Some Trump allies have actually slammed Fauci, a regular existence at Trump’s day-to-day White House press rundowns on COVID-19, for periodically opposing the president. Both the president and the medical professional have actually minimized the differences.
“The fact that these apologists for Donald Trump have deceived the American people is more than irresponsible – it’s evil,” the storyteller states in the advertisement. “Donald Trump and his allies have failed us. And too many people are dying. It’s time to listen to the facts ― to listen to science ― and stop lying to the American people.”
Trump granted Limbaugh, who has a long history of questionable and offensive remarks, with the Governmental Medal of Liberty at his State of the Union address in February. The award came simply a couple of days after the 69- year-old Limbaugh revealed a lung cancer medical diagnosis. Limbaugh is believed to be America’s most popular radio talk-show host, and Talkers Publication, which covers the talk show market, quotes 15.5 million people listen to Limbaugh every week.
The ads will air throughout Limbaugh’s show in Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin and D.C.
314 Action’s main goal is to increase the variety of researchers, engineers and physicians in Congress, and it has actually backed a host of Democrats in Senate and House races this cycle, consisting of former astronaut Mark Kelly in Arizona’s Senate race; former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a geologist, for his state’s Senate contest; and Illinois Rep. Lauren Underwood, a nurse, for reelection. (It’s supporting one independent: Dr. Al Gross, a doctor who is running for Senate in Alaska with the support of the state Democratic Party.)
The group is likewise running digital ads in 8 states where guvs have yet to release shelter-in-place orders: Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming, all of which have Republican guvs. The ads include a picture of Fauci and note he voiced assistance for a national stay-at-home order.
“I don’t know what these governors are thinking,” Naughton stated. “The only way this works is if we all stay home.”
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