In a Friday interview on Fox & Friends, Donald Trump Jr. parroted the Trump administration's latest rhetoric about COVID-19.
Dismissed as a hoax while at the same time restricting travel because of the non-existent—their words—threat, the Trump White House also sought to weaponize the coronavirus.
But not in the way popularized in science fiction thrillers. Instead President Donald Trump and his acolytes seek to use the coronavirus as a political weapon against Trump's opposition.
To that end Don Jr. appeared on Fox & Friends to spread his usual vitriol, lies and smirks.
Fox host Brian Kilmeade set up the premise for Don Jr. saying:
"And so now we're getting to sprint towards November for—to—to see if your dad can get four more years. Are you surprised the way they've been handling the coronavirus situation, meaning Democrats?"
In what always looks like a scripted appearance, Don Jr. had a ready response for Kilmeade's jumbled question.
"Not at all. I mean, we've seen—like you said, we've seen this play out for four years."
"Anything that they can use to try to hurt Trump, they will. Anything he does in a positive sense, like you heard from the reporter that was just suspended from ABC, they will not give him credit for."
"The playbook is old at this point."
"But for them to try to take a pandemic and seemingly hope that it comes here, and kills millions of people so that they could end Donald Trump's streak of winning, is a new level of sickness."
"You know, I don't know if this is coronavirus or Trump derangement syndrome, but these people are infected badly."
Sometimes people can get so desperate for approval or attention they'll sink to any depth.
@Jordanfabian It's so amazing to me that Don Jr goes on Fox and Friends to defend his Dad.... And at the end of the… https://t.co/nYn6JsZEh1— Aoi Todo's wife (@Aoi Todo's wife) 1582898542.0
But most people didn't sympathize with Jr.'s latest ploy on Fox.
Don. Jr was just on Fox & Friends accusing Democrats of hoping coronavirus "comes here and kills millions of people… https://t.co/ySv0KT9WbZ— Lis Power (@Lis Power) 1582899557.0
When people criticized any aspect of the Solemani strike the GOP and Fox News said that Democrats were rooting for… https://t.co/2Le5M73nQf— Lis Power (@Lis Power) 1582903774.0
@LisPower1 I’m https://t.co/Pa2SeinGeI— Rosanne 🐩 Vaccinated (@Rosanne 🐩 Vaccinated) 1582906148.0
@LisPower1 Amazing that one family could be so stupid and nasty. Think about what he’s saying. It’s awful given the… https://t.co/8qAwxO4dLY— Houstonandy🌎 (@Houstonandy🌎) 1582905863.0
@LisPower1 @IslandGirlPRV They. Will. Stop. At. Nothing. Dear Lord, even our lives are bargaining chips for these g… https://t.co/WhfJXLNSdO— Sue Veach 🦋 (@Sue Veach 🦋) 1582900247.0
@LisPower1 #DonJr is a propagandist. Again, he's doing what #trumps do. Projecting! There's a good chance lots of p… https://t.co/utxwBiPyoY— Michael 🌊🧢🌊 #BidenHarris2020 (@Michael 🌊🧢🌊 #BidenHarris2020) 1582917362.0
What will Don Jr. be doing in 2021? Five bucks says he'll be bitching about that Democrat in the White House on Fox… https://t.co/VMsbHMgc9n— Crooks and Liars (@Crooks and Liars) 1582908122.0
However Fox & Friends and Don Jr. aren't looking to spread accurate information. Both seek attention and ratings from a devoted base.
Saying whatever they need to say to get that is just standard operating procedure.