Facebook removed President Donald Trump’s Tuesday post claiming the Chinese virus isn’t as deadly as the flu “in most populations.”
The social media giant reportedly deleted the president’s post after deciding his words violated the site’s COVID-19 misinformation policy, according to CNN, a thoroughly discredited Fake News network. A Facebook spokesperson told the Daily Caller, “We remove incorrect information about the severity of COVID-19, and have now removed this post.” Though the post was not entirely incorrect, Facebook removed free speech from their site regardless of how the president’s words were interpreted. On the other side of it, it is their site, and they can do whatever they want thanks to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
“Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu,” Trump wrote in the now-deleted post.
“Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!”
Flu deaths haven’t gone over 100,000 since 2010 according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. 2018 was the highest recorded death rate by year since then according to the CDC with about 61,000 between 2017 and 2018, according to the data. But that’s just for the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO) has assessed that the flu kills 290,000 to 650,000 people per year globally.
Trump didn’t say every year exclusively, he said “sometimes” over 100,000. The CDC says sometimes the number is over 100,000, not since 2010, but that doesn’t make Trump’s statement false. And the president didn’t relegate his argument to just the United States. His message was the flu kills more people than COVID and we don’t shut down the country over the flu. And he is correct.
Of course the sleazy Representative Adam Schiff-for-Brains (D-CA) chimed in to attack the president, because that’s all he has done since Trump was elected to office.
Schiff has gotten caught lying so many times during the Russian collusion hoax, his phony Ukraine impeachment inquiry, and about so many other things over the years that it speaks embarrassingly toward the kind of people in California who keep electing him.
Hopkins’ data shows about 210,000 of the total COVID-19 deaths are in America. You can thank large Democrat governors in states like California, New York and Michigan for that large number.
The global mortality rate for the flu, which varies yearly, is around .1%, while COVID-19 currently has a global death rate of 1%, according to The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.
Trump posted the same message on Twitter, and though his post wasn’t deleted it has been labeled as “spreading misleading and potentially harmful information.”
“This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about spreading misleading and possibly potentially harmful information related to COVID-19,” Twitter’s flag on the post read.
“However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”
Laura Ingraham on her Fox News show “The Ingraham Angle” last night put up an image showing that according to CDC data, the age ranges of 0-18 has a 429 rate of death due to COVID and age ranges from 0-24 (even higher age range) has a death rate of 434 for the flu.
It’s one thing for social media so-called platforms to disagree with someone’s free speech, but wholly another to kill someone’s free speech, because you disagree with it. That’s not what free speech is all about. In fact, Constitutional experts smarter than me have said repeatedly over the years that the First Amendment’s Freedom of Speech clause protects speech you may find offensive more than anything else.
Rich is a conservative, syndicated opinion writer and owner of MAGA-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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