The virus that's caused a global pandemic and upended daily life in the United States has killed nearly 60 thousand Americans and unemployed millions more.
To curb the spread of the highly contagious pathogen, governors across the country have heeded the advice of health experts and ordered their constituents to stay at home while non-essential businesses shutter.
As a result, the spread of the virus has slowed and the predicted death toll has significantly decreased.
But with President Donald Trump's reelection largely hinging on the continuation of the Obama-era economy, his supporters are leaping to see businesses reopen—no matter the human toll. Far-Right pundit Dennis Prager is one of those people.
His eagerness to paint the lockdowns as a form of treachery are facing backlash online.
It's time to call it what it is. #COVID19 https://t.co/hLXIkzNJ0R— PragerU (@PragerU) 1588111142
In a recent tweet from Prager's video channel PragerU, he describes the virus as "the greatest mistake in the history of humanity."
Prager University may masquerade as an educational institution, but apparently it doesn't have that great a grasp at just how expansive the history of humanity is. Given the breadth of our history and subsequently our flawed judgments, "the greatest mistake in the history of humanity" seemed wildly hyperbolic.
The account later attempted to clarify that Prager didn't include deliberate evil among the history of mistakes made by humanity.
For those who confuse “mistake” with “evil,” Dennis said over and over on his radio show that the worldwide lockdow… https://t.co/q1r5jrOY7y— PragerU (@PragerU) 1588120993
But it was too late.
(stares in historian) https://t.co/NPLP0s2O95— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse) 1588116170
Let’s assume it’s a mistake. The biggest in human history? The reparations on Germany after WWI? Sending Lenin back… https://t.co/tJZs7UWFxm— Jonah Goldberg (@Jonah Goldberg) 1588113410
The moral poverty of the people holding themselves out to be moral instructors has reached supercritical mass. https://t.co/fA8lxwGQHS— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols) 1588113841
Never mind the burning of the library at Alexandria, European colonialism, the 1914 alliances that provoked the Gre… https://t.co/sq2VnhcUuR— David Simon (@David Simon) 1588117529
The attempt at clarification didn't help.
Nice try. https://t.co/AUVM1YlGFZ— (((Benjamin Donguk Lukoff))) (@(((Benjamin Donguk Lukoff)))) 1588142186
This is a strange clarification. https://t.co/SrYLOiiw98— The SeriousConstituent (@The SeriousConstituent) 1588121845
We'll stick to the advice of experts.
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