Yep, Trump's Midnight All Caps Tweet Warning of the 'Cure' Being 'Worse Than the Problem' Came Right From Fox News

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Fox News host Steve Hilton claimed that the "ruling class and their TV mouthpieces" were whipping up fear about the current health crisis that's closed businesses across the United States in efforts to slow the spread of the pandemic. The screed was a continuation of the network's repeated dismissals of the threat posed by the pandemic.

Hilton said that an ensuing recession due to these closures could be more deadly than the virus itself.


In reality, closures of non-essential businesses are largely crucial to "flattening the curve"—slowing the rate of transmission so as not to overwhelm the healthcare system, which would result in even more deaths.

Hilton continued:

"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."

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Hilton continued to criticize National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci—one of the few officials Americans widely trust for accurate information regarding the pandemic. Fauci said he didn't mind Americans thinking that containment measures might be an overreaction.

Hilton said:

"Well, that's easy for him to say. He'll still have a job at the end of this, whatever happens."

Scrambling to salvage the economy he's boasted about since his inauguration, President Donald Trump repeated a similar claim in a late-night, all-caps tweet.

The similarity of the talking points led many to believe that Trump was letting Fox News dictate his response to a pandemic.




Fox News and other allies of the President have rushed to dismiss the threat of the virus since reports of the first outbreaks within the United States.

Even with over 33,000 confirmed cases and 428 deaths, a lack of available testing has likely resulted in an undercount of infections. Because one can have the virus while remaining asymptomatic, the importance of all Americans staying home and practicing social distancing is difficult to overstate.

Trump's tweet signaled to some Americans that he would prematurely call for businesses to reopen in an attempt to shore up the economy at the expense of the health of countless Americans.




It's unclear if Trump will actually call for businesses to go back to normal operations in the coming days, but experts insist that it could be dire to Americans across the country.

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Given President Donald Trump's propensity for lying and his administration's constant misinformation regarding the current global pandemic, Americans across the country have become selective about which sources they deem as credible in seeking potentially lifesaving information in the face of a national health crisis.

Iowa's Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, is in stark disagreement with most Americans on whom to trust regarding measures designed to curb the virus.

Iowa is one of a few states that still has yet to issue a stay-at-home order to slow the virus's spread. Reynolds has resisted taking the step despite a unanimous recommendation from the Iowa Board of Medicine to do so.

National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said that all states should institute these orders.

Reynolds's response was...telling.

After calling stay-at-home orders a "divisive issue," the governor said:

"I would say that maybe [Fauci] doesn't have all the information"

Fauci has quickly become one of the most notable figures in the pandemic's response, and one of the few officials in President Donald Trump's virus task force that Americans widely trust to deliver accurate information. He's been an integral part of curbing health crises from the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States to Avian Flu to H1N1 and more.

If Fauci doesn't have all the information, then the country is—for lack of a better word—completely screwed.

People were appalled at the governor's defense.





It's safe to say that Fauci has more information and experience in these situations than any governor in the nation—including Reynolds.



The death toll in the United States from the virus recently surpassed 6000.

Information saves lives. Ignorance endangers them.

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