The media’s treatment of the coronavirus outbreak is insane. Instead of the typical intense fear-mongering, pundits and commentators have been weaponizing the disease politically, insisting that the Trump administration is exacerbating the situation, and even going so far as to push the idea of spreading the virus at Trump rallies.
Pakistani-Canadian media man Ali A. Rizvi posted a disgusting quip about Trump supporters on Friday, Feb. 28. The producer of the “Secular Jihadist” podcast and “Atheist Muslim” author proved how godless he is by wishing the coronavirus on Trump supporters. Not kidding.
And it wasn’t just about waiting for the disease to infect MAGA types all over the country, Rizvi’s sick joke mentioned purposely going into Trump rallies and coughing on the current president’s supporters.
Rizvi tweeted, “What to do if you have coronavirus: 1. See your healthcare provider — make sure you call ahead. 2. Separate yourself from family and friends. 3. Wear a face mask. 4. Cover all coughs/sneezes. 4. Attend every Trump rally in your area. (Do all steps in reverse order)”
Oh, did you see what he did there? Nothing’s more fun than imagining the illnesses and deaths of fellow Americans because they support the elected president you don’t like.
Rizvi made a similar joke five days prior. It seems he really wants the joke to make a splash or really feels the need to trigger conservatives. On Feb. 23, he replied to a tweet from former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, saying, “If I contracted coronavirus, I would go out and try to attend every Trump rally possible.”
Yeah, a real class act. But c’mon, we should take a joke, right?
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Rizvi blasted former Congressman Jason Lewis (R-MN) for not having a sense of humor about the means-spirited remarks. Lewis, who’s running for Senate in Michigan, tweeted about Rizvi’s post: “There is no limit to the left’s unhinged hatred for @realdonaldtrump and his supporters.”
Lewis added, “Considering the left just voted in favor of POST BIRTH ABORTION it shouldn’t be too surprising they’d also fantasize about infecting Trump supporters with the coronavirus.” Fair point, Mr. Lewis, though Rizvi responded with more mockery.
“Thank you for your feedback, Congressman. Please fill this out and we’ll see what we can do,” he advised, asking him to fill out a “Butthurt Report” form. He basically told him to stop whining.
Yeah sorry to not love your grotesque humor, Mr. Rizvi. Though we all know that if anyone in conservative media joked about the left the same way, they’d be dragged over the coals.