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 Trump 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.”
“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.”
.@SteveHiltonx: Don’t turn a public health crisis into America’s worst catastrophe. Save small businesses. Flatten the curve, not the economy. And do it before it’s too late.#SteveSays #NextRevFNC pic.twitter.com/DYo65cUdpM
— The Next Revolution (@NextRevFNC) March 23, 2020
Trump appeared to echo Hilton’s perspective in an all-caps tweet later Sunday night.
“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.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2020
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.