Bill O’Reilly on Criticism of His Coronavirus Take: ‘Far Left Wants Chaos and Carnage’ so Trump Loses

By Jerry Dunleavy April 10th, 2020 | Image Source : Western Journal

Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly resumed his longtime position as the center of controversy Thursday as he defended comments he made on Sean Hannity’s radio show concerning the coronavirus.

“The far left wants chaos and carnage so President Trump will lose re-election. They are not interested in facts and will try to punish people who provide perspective,” O’Reilly wrote on his website.

O’Reilly led off his statement with facts supporting his contention that many people who have been hospitalized for — and died of — COVID-19 were already in poor health.

“On April 1, the CDC reported that 73 percent of all Americans hospitalized for COVID have a preexisting health condition that made them vulnerable for the contagion. That lines up with a study out of China that states less than one percent of virus fatalities occur in folks with no health problems,” O’Reilly wrote.

A CDC report published March 31 concluded that, “[p]ersons in the United States with underlying health conditions appear to be at higher risk for more severe COVID-19, consistent with findings from other countries.”

O’Reilly said he was attacked for speaking the facts.

“In a discussion yesterday with Sean Hannity, I stated those things. Almost immediately, the vile, far-left hate site Media Matters smeared my analysis as ‘macabre.’”

Media Matters had posted a clip of the segment on its website.

The conversation captured in the clip began with Hannity asking, “I want life back to normal, can you fix that in a simple way?”

After some chitchat, O’Reilly offered his take on the virus.

“We’re making little steps. Bernie Sanders, you know, he’s — he’s gone, that’s really good for everybody,” O’Reilly said.

“The projections that you just mentioned are down to 60,000. I don’t think it will be that high — 13,000 dead now in the U.S.A. Many people who are dying, both here and around the world, were on their last legs anyway. And I don’t want to sound callous about that.”

Hannity then warned, “you’re going to get hammered for that.”

“Well, I don’t care,” O’Reilly replied. “I mean, a simple man tells the truth.”

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: Bill O’Reilly on Criticism of His Coronavirus Take: ‘Far Left Wants Chaos and Carnage’ so Trump Loses

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