MSNBC Host Yasmin Vossoughian: Republicans Want COVID to “Kill as Many People as Possible”

National   |   Tim Graham   |   Dec 11, 2020   |   10:11AM   |   Washington, DC

On Thursday’s MSNBC Live with Craig Melvin, fill-in host Yasmin Vossoughian brought in MSNBC contributor and radical leftist Anand Giradharadas to denounce both parties as inadequately socialist because “this is a country awash in pain right now.” He insisted the Republicans are out to “make sure the pandemic kills as many people as possible.”

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GIRADHARADAS:The real blame is Mitch McConnell, is the Republicans, is the president, is a party that does not want to help people, that is working on one side to actually make sure the pandemic kills as many people as possible. That seems to be the logical consequence of their policy. And then to make sure that all of the people who manage to survive it despite their policy suffer economically and beyond.

Grabien’s Tom Elliott found this nasty clip, and Anand replied: “Where’s the lie?”

Elliott then tweeted: 

Anand: Republicans agreeing to spend $4.8 trillion in 2020 instead of $6 trillion = “trying to kill as many people as possible”

Anand is not alone in this kind of smear. Just before the election, ranting CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert proclaimed “That seems to have really been the plan from the beginning. As much as — you know — Fauci came out and said he advised the President very early on when the President said ‘Just let it wash over the country, what happens if we do that?’ Fauci said ‘You’d have millions of dead people. That’s why you can’t do that.’ But it seems that that really is the plan.”

The Democrats weren’t killing people on purpose, just too milquetoast:

GIRADHARADAS: But it is also the case that Democrats are not meeting this moment with the muscularity required, even the rhetorical muscle required. Why aren’t we hearing thundering speeches from Joe Biden, from Pelosi, from Schumer, in a way that bends public opinion, forces Republicans into a corner.  This is not about Medicare for All right now. We’re not talking about sweeping social policy. This is not about, you know, do we like, reduce our footprint of empire around the world. This is emergency relief in the worst crisis since the Great Depression. And we’re having this little Washington committee talk, instead of talk of muscularly dealing with the restoration of some balance in people’s lives.

He ended his lecture with “This is not a time for milquetoast…This is a time for dramatic sweeping action.” Socialist radicals always want “dramatic sweeping action.” Note: Tim Graham is the director of media analysis for the Media Research Center, a media watchdog group. He was a White House correspondent for World magazine in 2001 and 2002. This originally appeared on the NewsBusters web site.