As the Coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, the response of U.S. leadership attracts greater scrutiny.
But a coordinated response to a viral health crisis becomes confusing when a post-truth world has some people confident that the whole thing is entirely made up.
While awaiting a MAGA Rally in North Carolina, some supporters of President Donald Trump were asked to share any concerns they have regarding the Coronavirus, which has undoubtedly come to the United States. So far, the virus has killed 6 people in the U.S. and infected a total of 60 people across 12 states.
One supporter shared that she doesn't believe the virus exists at all.
When an NBC reporter probed further, the supporter's answer was as simple as it was bizarre.
"I don't trust anything the Democrats do. I mean, I just don't believe it."
Her response comes at the 2:57 mark.
.@realDonaldTrump has a rally in North Carolina tonight before voters hit the polls tomorrow on Super Tuesday. WAT… https://t.co/ZgHoCgVSnr— NBC News NOW (@NBC News NOW)1583199371.0
Twitter was a bit blown away by the conviction she possessed while disputing a globally acknowledged fact.
@NBCNewsNow @realDonaldTrump @albamonica https://t.co/QFRtCCWKiw— Preisler Harrington/USCG Family Semper Paratus (@Preisler Harrington/USCG Family Semper Paratus)1583256994.0
@NBCNewsNow @realDonaldTrump @albamonica https://t.co/baHSkkWXeW— COUNTRY over Party (@COUNTRY over Party)1583200557.0
@NBCNewsNow @realDonaldTrump @albamonica Nothing exists that they don't understand. Cult— Janet Kay🌴☀️🦎 (@Janet Kay🌴☀️🦎)1583201346.0
@NBCNewsNow @realDonaldTrump @albamonica I'm just going to keep saying this because is true - The herd thins itself.— TheDoods (@TheDoods)1583234095.0
@NBCNewsNow @realDonaldTrump @albamonica https://t.co/kdoNeeJihK— Raymond Young (@Raymond Young)1583234488.0
@NBCNewsNow @realDonaldTrump @albamonica Cool, yeah the people who are watching him speak at an arena named after a… https://t.co/EkQ2mAs7KQ— Darwin Brandalorian (@Darwin Brandalorian)1583201116.0
This Trump supporter is likely responding to some of President Trump's own rhetoric during a prior rally held days earlier in South Carolina.
The 45th President loudly proclaimed that any concern surrounding the Coronavirus is, indeed a Democratic hoax. While he did not deny the existence of the virus, he did assure it was completely under control.
"Now the Democrats are politicizing the Coronavirus. They're politicizing it."
"This is their new hoax."
Since that rally in South Carolina on Saturday, February 29, 4 additional people have died in the U.S. from the Coronavirus.
Thus, it becomes clear that even a pandemic like this one is not insulated from hyper-partisan takes. Moments like these will likely continue to arise, and the response will be that inner conflict Twitter users know best: horrified shock mixed with complete amusement.