Guess what happens every year in the fall. Lots of thing happen in the fall, like football, kids go back to school, the weather turns colder, leaves change and people start to get the flu. There are a lot of other things that happen in the fall, but lets keep the list simple. Not surprisingly this year people are getting the flu in the fall. This year has seen a seemingly new virus strand called enterovirus D68. It’s scary because young children are dying from it. Now, young children die every year from the flu, but this year seemingly more than others. As a parent of two young children, one in elementary school, this virus has not gone unnoticed. We should be concerned and we have advised our daughter about the importance of washing her hands and other sanitary tips to help protect her from the virus. However, just being scared of the enterovirus D68 is not enough for those on the right, they need a multiplier. They need a reason and the obvious reason for the spread of the virus are the refugee children from Central America.
It only makes sense if you are some sort of asshole with a racist agenda against immigrant children from Central America. These kids come to the US and then once the fall flu season starts, this new, mysterious virus appears, killing US blond hair, blue eyed kids. These brown kids must have some type of secret immunity, probably implanted into them by Obama, that keeps them safe. Now the fact that this particular strain was discovered in Michigan in 1987 in no way concerns assholes like Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage and Pat Robertson. They have an agenda to advance. Read through this from Media Matters and enjoy the stupidity in their own words:
So, we have those on the right finding a correlation between refugee kids and an outbreak of a virus that originated in the US almost 30 years ago. The thing is that they know there is no correlation. They can’t be that dumb. Of course, they will say they are only asking questions. That is what they do. Limbaugh: “Obama will not tell anybody where all of the children that have crossed the border in the last four months have been relocated to … Now, are the two stories related or are they not? Does this sweeping mysterious virus that’s multiplying across the Midwest, does it have anything to do with that or not? We don’t know. That’s the answer. We just don’t know. But some people think there may be some kind of a connection.” See, he’s not saying it’s true. Just asking questions.
So, is Limbaugh a racist? Does him asking questions the way he does make him a racist? Do they make him a fear monger? We don’t know…but some people think there may be some kind of correlation.