Limbaugh Says Many Americans Are Not Wrong To Fear Economic Damage More Than Coronavirus

On Tuesday, conservative talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh said “more people today are scared about the economic impact of all this than the virus” which he said “makes perfect, total sense.”

‘I’m scared for the people of this country’

“I never have believed that anything like this would happen with people being ruined,”said Limbaugh. “It’s hard to quantify. It’s hard to describe. And I’m frightened for people… You know there’s a poll out that more people today are scared about the economic impact of all this than the virus. That makes perfect, total sense. I’m scared to death. I’m scared for the people of this country.”


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“We had the world’s number one economy,” said Limbaugh. “We were roaring. We had a record number of people going to work. We had people earning wages that were record highs. Wages were increasing. We had a stock market that was up at 30,000.”

“It doesn’t represent the economy as a whole,” he added. “It was just one of the elements that indicated that the economy was roaring. And in many cases the record numbers were unprecedented as record numbers would be defined: number of people working, number of people in the labor force.”

‘No matter where you go in the country, it’s a ghost town. It’s eerie’

“It was a three-year economic boom,” Limbaugh went on. “And we ourselves turned it off. We ourselves shut it down. No matter where you go in the country, it’s a ghost town. It’s eerie. But underlying it all to me is just an abject fear for what this is doing to people. And then the long term changes to our country as a means of dealing with it that are being implemented and will be implemented down the line.”


Limbaugh said it is concerning that elected members in Washington don’t seem to share the same sense of justified fear about what’s happening to the economy.

“[A]t the same time, aside from the president and other people like you and me out here, but in officialdom I don’t see this fear, I don’t see it reflected,” said the legendary host. “I don’t see the concern … from the elites, call it from the establishment or whatever. And that doesn’t make sense to me.”

“There’s a lot of talk about going back to work, lot of talk about restarting economy, but there doesn’t appear to be because every time we talk about it, then we come back with ‘And this week and a half and is gonna be the absolute worst week and a half in the history of the country,’” said Limbaugh.

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‘The normalization of our panic is having dire consequences’

Rush then cited an article written by Real Clear Politics’ Bill Bennet and Seth Leibsohn on Monday that included some important statistics that Limbaugh said runs counter to the dominant media narrative.

“Did you know the chances of recovery from the coronavirus are about 98%—if you catch it?” Limbaugh asked. “Did you know there are models showing 50% of the population may have already had it, never knew they had it, and recovered? Again, one would think this data would be widely available and reported. It isn’t. What is presented widely are numbers and warnings that scare and frighten us, and we are now being conditioned to a lot of panic and speculation.”

“But part of the reason we are getting conditioned to a lot of panic is because of the wide range of speculation about other numbers we accept as our new fright-inducing reality, an increasingly confusing and frenzied set of numbers,” Rush said. “And the normalization of our panic is having dire consequences and augurs for even worse.”

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