Republicans are scrambling to shift blame and shirk accountability for the weeks President Donald Trump spent dismissing the threat posed by the global pandemic during the crucial first weeks of the outbreak in the United States.
With over 400,000 cases and nearly 15,000 deaths, a more robust response from the Trump administration in the early stages could have likely prevented much of the damage that has brought life in the United States to a screeching halt.
Nevertheless, on Fox News host Sean Hannity's radio show, disgraced former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly leapt to shrug off the thousands of deaths the virus has caused with the weirdest silver lining anyone ever heard.
"The projections that you just mentioned are down to 60,000, I don't think it will be that high. 13,000 dead now in the USA. Many people who are dying, both here and around the world, were on their last legs anyway, and I don't want to sound callous about that."
Sean Hannity responded that O'Reilly would "get hammered" for saying that.
For once, Hannity was right.
As someone who’s career is on its last legs, you’d think he’d choose his words more carefully. https://t.co/VhfVJROMEq— Sleeping Giants (@Sleeping Giants) 1586409899.0
🤔💩💩💩 Disgraceful O'Reilly should tell this to a World War II veteran, who stormed Omaha Beach &fought against the N… https://t.co/hgktNMFyEP— Arena Cops (@Arena Cops) 1586451326.0
Textbook Republican hypocrisy.
ladies and gentlemen, the “pro-life” party https://t.co/0xCVX01NnH— shauna (@shauna) 1586410785.0
Remember how "death panels" used to be the rallying cry of people like O'Reilly? Now it's "meh, all these people w… https://t.co/dsWzzoUdDU— Mike Masnick (@Mike Masnick) 1586408921.0
PRO LIFE PRO LIFE PRO errr life before you are born. https://t.co/s7159SfOn8— Erich Fang-Mcfrost Nole (@Erich Fang-Mcfrost Nole) 1586427289.0
Comments like these reminded everyone why Bill O'Reilly should lay off the airwaves.
How strange that this sensitive, empathetic man is no longer on TV https://t.co/a1nF2Nt5ce— David Lazarus (@David Lazarus) 1586444870.0
Like your career? https://t.co/EqnKE5S2wU— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin Maguire) 1586401948.0
Way to go, Bill!
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