With the coronavirus crisis showing no signs of abating any time soon, the president and his loyal sycophants in the media are growing more and more worried that the staggering unemployment and economic instability will drag into November and hamper Trump’s re-election efforts.
The chorus of right-wing voices making the case for re-opening the economy and resuming normal life before medical experts believe it is safe to do so is growing with each passing day — and the more desperate they become, so grows the ghoulishness of their arguments.
Television quack doctor and pseudoscience promoter Dr. Mehmet Cengiz Öz, better known as “Dr. Oz,” made the appalling argument today on FOX News that public schools were an “appetizing opportunity” for early re-opening because projections indicate that *only* 2-3% of children and their parents would die from virus exposure.
DR OZ: "Schools are a very appetizing opportunity. I just saw a nice piece in The Lancet arguing the opening of schools may only cost us 2 to 3%, in terms of total mortality. Any, you know, any life is a life lost, but … that might be a tradeoff some folks would consider." 😳 pic.twitter.com/aifMeKTsIv
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 16, 2020
Dr. Oz did not go into detail about what exactly was appetizing about the prospect of over a million dead Americans from unnessessary coronavirus exposure.
There are about 56 million school kids in the US. So Oz is suggesting that 2% dying is fine. That's, and please check my math, 1,120,000 children Dr. Oz thinks is an acceptable level of loss. https://t.co/IKBWHYi8ga
— David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) April 16, 2020
It is terrifying to see the kind of propaganda and coronavirus misinformation that FOX News and the rest of the right-wing media colossus is spitting out at a stunning pace. There is absolutely no need to put so many lives at risk and cause so many preventable deaths, and we all know Dr. Oz’s four children aren’t going to be the ones in the most danger.
Re-opening the schools puts not just of America’s schoolchildren at risk but also their parents, grandparents, teachers, cafeteria workers, janitors, nurses, crossing guards, everyone who is involved in keeping the nation’s children safe, fed, and educated.
Broadcasting this kind of horrifying drivel to the nation from a fake TV doctor not only undermines the credibility of America’s actual medical experts but also sends a monstrous reminder to the rest of the nation: the upper class believes that your lives are worth less than their pocketbooks and stock portfolios, and they’ll gladly sacrifice your children in order to protect them.
Social media immediately erupted in outrage and disgust:
The Hippocratic Oath – Dr. Oz edition: First, do 2 to 3 % harm. https://t.co/QUDYQDO5XL
— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) April 16, 2020
Dr. Oz says a 2%-3% death rate among school children is a acceptable trade-off. The worshipers of Moloch ain't got nothin' on MAGA. pic.twitter.com/UWCIZ0CKaN
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) April 16, 2020
On Fox Dr. Oz called re-opening schools "an appetizing opportunity" with a death rate of only "2 to 3 percent." He was later seen hanging upside down from a tree beside Rudy Giuliani at a schoolyard, where they referred to children as "tempting little juice boxes" pic.twitter.com/rc2YrNaN1R
— Paul Rudnick (@PaulRudnickNY) April 16, 2020
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— B. Chordial (@BChordial) April 16, 2020