Fox News is pushing the idea that the people who don’t want the country reopened are unpatriotic cowards who are too scared to take on the coronavirus.
On Monday, Fox News echoed a statement said by Donald Trump last week about Americans being “warriors” during this “war against an invisible enemy.”
On “Fox & Friends” Monday morning co-host Brian Kilmeade urged his weekend co-host, Pete Hegseth, to frame the argument of “the military mindset” on the coronavirus Trump was urging on about for viewers.
“Real quick, Pete just your thoughts in 20 seconds, about 78,000 are dead, we understand how many got the virus and will. I get it,” Kilemade said, as Media Matters reports. “But at the same time, can you get the military mindset with the masses of, take on the enemy because we have no choice — sitting on the sideline will destroy the country. How do you get the military mindset for the everyday American?”
“The military mindset is a patriotic mindset,” said Hegseth, who once was on Trump’s list to become head of the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. “It’s what forged and founded this country. It is courage. We can be responsible, we can follow guidelines — while also reopening. We have to reopen, guys, right now, even in some of the more difficult places, or the livelihoods of people is going to crush more folks, or as many — I’m not talking in a statistical sense — as the actual virus itself. So, I think we can muster it. We’ve done it before, guys, and I think this is another chance to rise to that challenge.”
It is worth noting that Hegseth bragged last year saying, “I don’t really wash my hands ever….germs are not a real thing.”
Take a look at the discussion in the video clip below:
Brian Kilmeade says that to re-open the economy despite covid-19, everyday Americans need "the military mindset" that we must "take on the enemy because we have no choice." pic.twitter.com/55avrZlwhE
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) May 11, 2020