Rick Wilson has single-handedly further damaged whatever is left of CNN and MSNBC’s credibility.
Never Trump pundit Rick Wilson literally called on First Lady Melania Trump to “#BeInfected” with coronavirus.
The use of the #BeInfected hashtag appears to be a play on Melania’s #BeBest initiative for the nation’s children.
At a time when people are dying and worried about ventilator shortages, Wilson’s tweet hits all the wrong notes of political hatred and Trump Derangement Syndrome.
See Wilson’s tweet below:
What's even more eye-popping is that Wilson tweeted this in response to an announcement that Melania will appear in public PSAs to help spread awareness around the virus and healthy hygiene.
Wilson is a frequent guest on CNN and MSNBC, offering his viewpoints on hot topics of the day.
Neither network has acknowledged or responded to Wilson's comments.
The Blaze reports that Rick Wilson is a former GOP strategist and Never Trumper:
Frequent CNN guest and former GOP strategist Rick Wilson took heavy fire on social media after mocking first lady Melania Trump's "Be Best" anti-bullying initiative by saying "#BeInfected" in response to an announcement about ads the first lady was going to record.
At the time of this writing, there are at least 9,415 cases of the coronavirus in the United States, with at least 150 deaths.
On Wednesday, the White House announced that Melania would be featured in public service announcements concerning the spread of COVID-19.
The PSAs, according to CNN, will address the "important ways Americans can protect themselves and those most at risk" from contracting and spreading the deadly disease. The outlet also reported that the PSAs will also feature Surgeon General Jerome Adams, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Deborah Birx, and other Trump administration officials.
In response, Wilson — an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump — tweeted, "#BeInfected," a clear jab at the first lady's #BeBest campaign.
At a time when every day Americans are coming together to try to flatten the curve, Wilson's comments were not well received.
In fact, he sparked so much outrage he later issued a follow-up tweet claiming it was a joke.
See some of the responses below:
The backlash was swift and fierce.
Some noted it was ironic he used Melania's #BeBest campaign to mock her.
#BeBest, of course, is an anti-bullying campaign, and social media users were not happy to see Wilson bullying Melania when she's trying to help in a time of crisis.
C. Douglas Golden predicted on the Western Journal that networks like CNN and MSNBC will have no choice but to eventually distance themselves from Wilson:
It’s difficult to imagine networks aren’t going to back away from Wilson, who apparently decided during a pandemic that it was all right to joke that Melania Trump should be a victim of the coronavirus because of her Be Best campaign, or something. Nobody is going to think that’s remotely proportional or the work of a man who’s looking at this situation in a clear-eyed and somber manner.
Say what you will about Ana Navarro and her nail-filing antics, at least I don’t think she’d wish a deadly infection upon anyone.
The same now can’t be said for Wilson, which — one hopes — is enough to curtail his airtime.
You may remember that Lincoln Project that Wilson is involved in that I mentioned at the outset. In December, Wilson, along with a few other ex-Republican NeverTrumpers — the curiously married George Conway, along with Steve Schmidt and John Weaver — co-authored a commentary piece for The New York Times announcing the inception of the organization.
The Lincoln Project, they wrote, is “an effort to highlight our country’s story and values, and its people’s sacrifices and obligations. This effort transcends partisanship and is dedicated to nothing less than preservation of the principles that so many have fought for, on battlefields far from home and within their own communities.”
Do those principles and values involve jokes about someone getting coronavirus as the entire country gets put on pause to avoid a second coming of the 1918 influenza outbreak? I mean, I understand they’re two different arenas, but a lot of Wilson’s talk is about “principles.” That’s why, he implies, principled individuals can’t support the current president.
If only he had enough principles not to call for the first lady to be infected in the middle of a pandemic lockdown.
Wilson's non-apology "apology" was a claim that he was simply joking.
Of course, he took it as yet another opportunity to take a swipe at the Trump family, this time at the president himself.
You can read his excuse-filled tweet below.