Chelsea Clinton rips Limbaugh for 'peddling' fake news on coronavirus

Chelsea Clinton ripped conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday for "peddling" fake news on the coronavirus. 

The daughter of former President Clinton and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Top federal official says more details coming on foreign election interference The Hill's Campaign Report: COVID-19 puts conventions in flux  MORE tweeted in response to Limbaugh’s comments on his show that the coronavirus epidemic was being “weaponized” against President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE.

“February 25th, 2020: The day I wished Rush Limbaugh had stuck to comparing me to a dog,” she posted, referring to the radio host’s 1993 comments comparing the then-13-year-old Chelsea Clinton to a dog.

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Limbaugh compared the coronavirus to the common cold on his Monday show, although its symptoms can include a deadly form of pneumonia. More than 2,500 people in China have died from the virus, and the disease has infected more than 80,000 people worldwide. 

"Folks, this coronavirus thing, I want to try to put this in perspective for you. It looks like the coronavirus is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump," Limbaugh said.

"You think I’m wrong about this?" he added. "I'm dead right on this. The coronavirus is the common cold, folks."

Top health officials cautioned Tuesday that the spread of the novel virus in the U.S. seems to be inevitable. There have been 57 confirmed cases in the U.S., including 40 people who were returned to the country after being quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.