This is just getting pathetic.

Courtesy of CNBC:

White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney suggested Friday that Americans ignore the media’s coverage of the coronavirus, arguing that journalists are ratcheting up fears to try to hurt President Donald Trump politically.

Mulvaney, who also heads the Office of Management and Budget, also said that there will “probably” be school closures and transportation issues due to the impact of the virus.

“Are you going to see some schools shut down? Probably. May you see impacts on public transportation? Sure,” Mulvaney said as he attempted to assure his audience that the Trump administration was on top of the virus.

He was interviewed Friday morning by Stephen Moore, Trump’s onetime nominee for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.

Mulvaney claimed that the media has only started paying close attention to the coronavirus because “they think this is going to be what brings down the president.”

Mulvaney claims that the media did not cover the coronavirus in January because they were too busy talking impeachment and that now they are only covering it because it might do what the impeachment trial did not and take Trump out. 

Which, by the way, is not true because I definitely read coverage about the virus in January, but at the time the reports were sporadic and the number of dead was still quite small. 

Now that there are just under 3,000 deaths, and the virus is spreading beyond China, of course, the media has taken notice. 

Let me just take a moment to point out that the only people who would even consider following Mulvaney’s advice and ignoring the news are conservative Trump supporters, so he is literally putting his boss’s voting base in danger.