Joe Walsh, a former Republican member of the House of Representatives and a onetime favorite of the far-right tea party movement, has a chilling warning for Fox News viewers amid the coronavirus pandemic.
After sharing a clip of Fox News host Laura Ingraham dismissing social distancing as a way to control the spread of COVID-19, Walsh warned that watching the network could get viewers killed:
Have I mentioned before that watching Fox News can get you killed? https://t.co/gia8oyHXa0
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) May 5, 2020
The White House and public health officials have promoted social distancing to limit contact between people and therefore reduce the spread of the virus.
“Social distancing will be with us through the summer to really ensure that we protect one another as we move through these phases,” Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the leaders of the White House coronavirus task force, said over the weekend.
Walsh wasn’t alone in calling out Ingraham:
Laura Ingraham told her viewers tonight that there is no scientific evidence that social distance works. She quoted an unnamed Doc as saying viruses just spread, you can't stop them. This is exhibit 459 in the class action lawsuit she and Fox are going to face.
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) May 5, 2020
.@IngrahamAngle is truly a dangerous imbecile. I hope she and @FoxNews have the shit sued out of them for literally causing thousands to die with deranged nonsense, lies and misinformation. https://t.co/6X5DzrMwig
— Spiro Agnew’s Ghost, Noble Committee Vice Chair (@SpiroAgnewGhost) May 5, 2020
.@FoxNews — what Laura ingraham said tonight on her show was deadly. You need to remove her from the air. She is habitual liar and a science denier. You said you would hold your hosts accountable for what they put out there... The bill has finally come due. Fire her, NOW.
— Րυɱ૦Ր Һคς ɿ੮ 🔰🔳 (@BrandiLynn4Ever) May 5, 2020
What is the hidden motivation here? She can't really be that dumb, right? https://t.co/VUIkTZD3gA
— Khashoggi’s Ghost (@UROCKlive1) May 5, 2020
"Dr." Laura Ingraham, just so you know, I had to ration my supply of #Hydroxychloroquine for my Lupus these last 3 weeks. I FINALLY got my 90 day supply. All because people like yourself continue to PUSH this drug with no efficacy EXCEPT Veterans died while on this drug. https://t.co/DjmOSSnhZ5
— Peter Morley (@morethanmySLE) May 5, 2020
Who wants to bet that Ingraham herself IS social distancing? https://t.co/I3eZpnCwmV
— Sarah Baicker (@sbbaicker) May 5, 2020
Laura Ingraham is a danger to public health. https://t.co/yZQpgZG4Qn
— Mark Jacob (@MarkJacob16) May 5, 2020
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