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Fox's Hilton: 'TV mouthpieces whipping up fear' over coronavirus

 

Fox News's Steve Hilton said late Sunday that "our ruling class and their TV mouthpieces" are spreading fear over the coronavirus and shared a theme that President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MORE appeared to echo hours later. 

"Our ruling class and their TV mouthpieces whipping up fear over this virus, they can afford an indefinite shutdown," "The Next Revolution" host said in his opening monologue. "Working Americans can’t. They’ll be crushed by it."

"You know that famous phrase, ‘The cure is worse than the disease?’ That is exactly the territory we are hurting towards," he continued. "You think it is just the coronavirus that kills people? This total economic shutdown will kill people."

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"Keep the ban on large gatherings, but stop the total shutdown for everyone and start the total protection of the elderly and those most likely to need hospitalization. Don't turn a public health crisis into America's worst catastrophe," Hilton, a former adviser to British Prime Minister David Cameron, added.

"Save small businesses. Flatten the curve, but not the economy, and do it before it's too late."

Trump appeared to echo Hilton's perspective in an all-caps tweet later Sunday night.

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"WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!" the president wrote to his nearly 75 million followers.

A 15-day period of restrictions recommended by the White House last week concludes on March 31.

Coronavirus cases have soared in the U.S. to more than 35,000, and the death toll stands at more than 470.

A trillion-dollar coronavirus stimulus package designed to help offset potentially catastrophic economic impacts of the virus is still being negotiated after Democrats blocked a procedural vote on the measure late Sunday.