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Rush Limbaugh blasted the “moving lockdown goalposts” in the coronavirus crisis and argued that the extreme orders that shut down the nation were not necessary.
The conservative radio giant took on the conflicting models and guidelines on the pandemic during the “Rush Limbaugh Show,” where he returned Tuesday, telling listeners that the last week had been hard for him as he went through his third wave of lung cancer treatment which is “kicking my ass.”
“This is — and it’s gonna confirm all your instincts anyway. Two months ago, 2-1/2 months ago, they were telling us, ‘We can’t open until we flatten the curve, and we have to flatten the curve. We have to save our hospitals. We have to save the health care system. We can’t open up ’til we flatten the curve!'” Limbaugh began.
“And all the while, trying to convince people that flattening the curve was actually curing or getting rid of the virus, which was never gonna happen by flattening the curve or staying home or locking down. Locking down was never gonna get rid of the virus,” he added.
“Then one month ago, they said, ‘We can’t open until we have massive testing. We can’t open until we have massive contact tracing. We can’t open ’til we got all these new things,” Limbaugh continued, pointing out each time the “goalposts” were moved for when coronavirus restrictions could be lifted.
“Two weeks ago, ‘We can’t open ’til we have a vaccine!’ Today, ‘We can’t open until Biden’s elected!’ As far as the people on the left are concerned, we can’t open period. We cannot have an economic rebirth. We cannot have economic growth, because all of this is tied to trying to tie Trump to what they’re trying to create as an economic disaster,” he said.
Limbaugh noted the apparent pattern of good news and breaks in the pandemic being followed by cautionary warnings from health experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, whom the radio host likened to an “oracle” for the salivating media.
“Whenever there’s any good news, somebody — usually it has been Dr. Fauci — comes out to rain on the parade,” Limbaugh said, noting how Fauci has recently “done a 180 now on reopening.”
After weeks of dire warnings that seemed to contradict President Trump’s efforts to get the country moving again, the White House health adviser and member of Trump’s coronavirus task force cautioned that “staying locked down” for a longer time could be counter-productive in the efforts to combat the effects of the virus in the U.S., appearing to reverse previous comments urging stricter measures.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 23, 2020
Limbaugh discussed an article in The Federalist headlined: “Data: Left-Demanded Mass Transit Fueled Covid-19 Deaths ” quoting part of the piece to listeners.
“I want to be very precise reading this to you, because this is absolutely true, and it’s gonna nuke everything we were told starting with these coronavirus task force updates by the science community and the medical community,” he said.
“‘There appears to be no statistical connection between improved health outcomes and pandemic policies that forced nearly 40 million people into the unemployment lines,'” he read. “In other words, putting 40 million people out of work by shutting down, by locking down… There is no evidence that doing that improved anybody’s health. There is no evidence that sequestering people worked.”
“There is no evidence, data — none — that flattening the curve improved anybody’s health outcomes, anybody individually or in whatever demographic group. In other words, it was useless. It was unnecessary,” Limbaugh reiterated.
Recent reports show that states that spent millions of dollars preparing for the doomsday predictions of coronavirus cases and deaths are now facing scrutiny over the use of billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money, as questions arise over whether state and local governments were guilty of poor planning for the COVID-19 crisis.
“Said another way: There appears to be no statistical connection between the economic pain of the nationwide shutdowns and the number of COVID-19 cases or fatalities,” he added. “In other words, we’d have the same numbers whether we shut down or not. This is data. This is not somebody’s opinion.”
“There can be a statistical connection made between mass transit and increased cases and fatalities. But there is no statistical connection between the shutdown and the number of COVID-19 cases and fatalities,” Limbaugh explained, citing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision of “keeping the subways open for his essential people to get to and from work.”
Calling the points “stunning,” Limbaugh again emphasized that “in other words, shutting down and putting 40 million out of work and on unemployment and causing all this massive stimulus spending had no connection to improving anybody’s health.”
“It had no connection to keeping people from getting the disease. It had no connection to preventing people from dying from the disease,” he said. “It was totally unnecessary, 100% unnecessary. That’s statistical data.”
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