By Jared Holt
Less than two weeks ago, Right Wing Watch reported that Perkins had told his radio listeners across the country that the U.S. government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak had been “irrational” and that U.S. media had fueled a sense of panic among the public. Speaking with Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas at the time, Perkins argued that the response to the outbreak, which the World Health Organization officially declared a pandemic two days later, had been “disproportionate to the threat.”
Perkins attempted to compare the coronavirus to the flu to downplay its risk. As Right Wing Watch reported, Perkins said:
I’m scratching my head when I compare the numbers, the CDC’s numbers on the number of people who’ve contracted the flu this year, this flu season, 32 million people—20,000 people have died from the flu, from influenza. This is a more potent virus, there’s no question about that. Nobody’s arguing that. But the response, again, is just irrational—I think part because the media has been, you know, just pounding it.
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