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Fox News host Tucker Carlson wants to know why Americans in rural areas are being punished with the same strict coronavirus guidelines as those in areas that have been hard-hit by the pandemic.
The host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” acknowledged that deaths caused by COVID-19 are tragic wherever they occur but argued that rural Americans are paying a big price for the strict lockdowns.
(Source: Fox News)
In a monologue on his show Thursday, Carlson took a look at the numbers behind the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., pointing out a curious but telling pattern that emerges.
“Almost 49,000 people have died of the coronavirus in the United States so far, that’s approaching the total of American servicemen killed during Vietnam,” Carlson began.
“But unlike Vietnam, the death toll from this pandemic is not spread evenly across the country. Coronavirus deaths are still clustered in a strikingly small number of places,” he said, adding that only nine states in the nation have had more than a thousand deaths from the virus.
“Close to half of all deaths nationwide have occurred in just two states, New York and New Jersey,” Carlson explained, noting that New York has recorded over 15,000 deaths due to the virus and New Jersey has seen over 5,000.
He went on to note bigger states did not end up having such high numbers, citing California as an example where out of a population of 40 million people, the state “has seen just 1,268 deaths.”
“Why are the numbers so skewed toward the urban northeast?” Carlson wondered.
“The pandemic often seems like a nationwide disaster. It definitely is a disaster,” the Fox News host noted, but contended that it “hasn’t yet been a nationwide killer,” which, he argued, is “good news” since the virus did not sweep across the country as first expected.
“The bad news is many of these barely affected states are still suffering under strict lockdowns,” Carlson said, pointing to Maine where Democratic Gov. Janet Mills painted a bleak picture for residents and issued a stay-at-home order at the beginning of the month.
Based on what officials have repeatedly told us you would expect that Maine would be devastated by the virus,” Carlson said, noting that fewer than 50 people have died in the state since Mills issued the order.
“She will claim her lockdown saved countless lives. The problem is, she doesn’t know that that’s true and there’s evidence it isn’t,” the Fox News host said.
“Maine’s economy has long been fragile. It will not recover from this for years — if it ever does recover,” he said. “So did Janet Mills make a wise decision when she shut down her state? If you think she did please explain what other communicable diseases we should respond to by causing mass unemployment.”
Carlson noted that the same argument could be made for West Virginia and Montana, among other states that imposed strong guidelines while only seeing a small number of deaths.
“So maybe the lesson of all of this is not every place in America is the same. Not everywhere is New York or New Jersey,” he said.
“The threat to rural America from this virus is minuscule, so why are we punishing the people who live outside of the cities?” Carlson asked. “It seems mindless and cruel which is to say it’s perfectly consistent with this political moment.”
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