Rush Limbaugh is now trafficking in conspiracy theories over the outbreak of coronavirus at the White House, which has infected President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, and a variety of other Republicans including a few U.S. senators.
“Still can’t find a Democrat that’s been infected,” Limbaugh said at the beginning of his show on Monday. “I don’t know, folks. I just — I don’t don’t believe in coincidence.”
There certainly have been Democratic officials who contracted the coronavirus, such as Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT) and Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA). But the reason that prominent Democrats did not get infected in this specific outbreak is because they did not attend the public rollout at the White House for Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court. That nomination is now widely believed to have been the superspreader event (where a number of people get infected at the same time) due to a variety of irresponsible behaviors by those in attendance at the event.
Limbaugh did acknowledge Barrett’s nomination ceremony, but to castigate Democrats for wanting to delay the Senate hearings and confirmation process as two Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have also tested positive: “And they will pull out every weapon they’ve got to stop Amy Coney Barrett being confirmed. And that’s what we were in the middle of here. That’s what this is all about.”
At the end of his opening monologue, Limbaugh seemed to allude to conspiracy theories from the 1990s about then-first couple Bill and Hillary Clinton.
“But I’m telling you I, for one — you know me, I have been saying ever since the ‘90s and the Clintons that there’s no such thing as coincidence in politics,” he said. “It’s not a new philosophical belief of mine. And I don’t think there’s a whole lot of coincidence going on here.”
And just in case there was any lack of clarity on this point, Limbaugh spoke later on in the show with a caller who even sought to explore the possibility that this outbreak “could be a result of bioterrorism.”
Limbaugh repeatedly said he wasn’t implying that the outbreak was a biological attack on Trump — but he and the caller gamed out some of the ways such an attack might have happened.