Fox News host Steve Hilton warned of the “catastrophic overreaction” to the coronavirus outbreak being caused by the media and Democrats.
Hilton slammed leaders and media personalities who are creating harm amid a panic over coronavirus during his opening monologue on “The Next Revolution” Sunday.
(Source: Fox News)
“Of course, no one should minimize it, and we must do all we can to stop preventable deaths — but it seems to me that we’ve got a bunch of people in leadership positions in the media and business and Congress who are running around maximizing coronavirus without a thought for the harm they may be causing,” Hilton said.
“With a virus like this, there’s a policy choice: containment or mitigation. You try and stop it spreading or accept it will spread and focus on reducing the harm,” he explained.
“In China, they went for containment with great success,” Hilton noted while pointing out the effects if the U.S. followed suit by closing down cities and “ruthlessly” quarantining people.
“Doing that here would mean right now, tonight, sealing off Seattle, probably California too, canceling domestic air travel, closing schools, separating families, canceling March Madness, putting the Democrat primary on hold. All of that and much more deliberately and consciously tanking our economy,” Hilton said.
“And for what? For this,” he said, before playing a news conference video clip in which a health official explains that “coronavirus is responsible for the common cold” and “our experience to date is that most people, more than 85 percent, will have mild or no symptoms.”
“By the way, that is an actual public health official. When Trump says literally the same thing, the idiots on the ruling-class state TV go nuts,” Hilton said.
“I don’t think that in a free society there is any chance of actually pursuing a real containment strategy like China did. The virus is here. It’s going to spread. The vast majority of people who get it won’t even know,” he added. “As Dr. [Anthony] Fauci said today, we know who is at risk: the elderly and those with underlying conditions. So for God’s sake, let’s put our efforts into protecting them.”
Hilton contended that safeguards should be implemented to protect those at high risk of being infected.
“Get hospital ICUs and ventilator capacity ready. Take extra steps to protect nursing homes…make sure no one is put off from being seen by a doctor over fears of the cost,” he continued, “but stop this wild, reckless overreaction based on panic, not science”
Hilton criticized those calling on people to work from home, pointing to the example of the cancellation of the South by Southwest media and music festival.
“These people canceling South by Southwest, telling people to work from home… they’re not going to suffer. The people who will be really hurt are the workers in the hotels, the bars, the food trucks. Who is going to take care of them while the tech workers lounge around at home ordering Uber Eats on their stupid iPhones?” Hilton said.
“This is yet another example of an arrogant ruling elite with no understanding of, or empathy for, how precarious the lives of the poorest Americans are. We need to have this discussion openly,” he argued, saying it is a “trade-off between a potentially pointless effort of containment and the lasting pain it would cause for the poorest Americans.”
“That’s what President Trump has been doing,” Hilton concluded. “That’s what [Trump economic adviser] Larry Kudlow is doing. They are 100 percent right — we don’t need panic, we need to be positive and practical.”
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