Donald Trump Jr. accused the Democrats of sabotaging the president's winning streak by wishing for the deadly coronavirus to spread and kill millions of Americans.
In a Friday interview with Fox & Friends, Donald Trump's son implied that the Democrats are rooting for a coronavirus outbreak and mass deaths throughout the United States. The 42-year-old, who is the Trump Organization's executive VP, argued that the media is biased to the left and will not give credit to his father, citing ABC News correspondent David Wright. On February 26, a right-wing activist group caught Wright on camera making deprecating comments about the president, according to CNN.
Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade asked Trump Jr., a former Apprentice boardroom judge, "Are you surprised in the way they've been handling the coronavirus situation, meaning Democrats?"
Trump Jr. referred to Wright's suspension from ABC News and said, "Not at all. Like you've said, we've seen this play out for four years. Anything 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 president's eldest son blamed the Democrats for repeating their strategy against the president. "The playbook is old at this point. But for them to try to use a pandemic, and seemingly hope that it comes here and kills millions of people so that they can end Donald Trump's streak of winning, is a new level of sickness."
Trump Jr. also mentioned how the media has been covering the pandemic. "I don't know if this is coronavirus or Trump derangement syndrome, but these people are infected badly."
Referring to a New York Times opinion piece headlined "Let's Call It Trumpvirus," the president's son said: "To run that in The New York Times—this isn't Vox, this isn't one of these crazy left-wing [outlets]. This is The New York Times writing this, with seriousness. This is truly sick."
Newsweek has reached out to Trump Jr.'s spokesman and has not yet received a response.
Lis Power, director of media intelligence at Media Matters of America, shared a video of Trump Jr. on her Twitter account. Responding to his statements, she tweeted, "Absolutely insane."
Referring to the U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, Power said, "When people criticized any aspect of the Solemani [sic] strike the GOP and Fox News said that Democrats were rooting for terrorists."
Power added, "Now when anyone questions Trump's response to coronavirus, they're accused of wanting millions to die."