"The Road to Coronavirus Hell Was Paved by Evangelicals" read the headline on the New York Times.
After the piece by Katherine Stewart received blowback, the title was quietly updated to "The Religious Right’s Hostility to Science Is Crippling Our Coronavirus Response."
Still, the piece garnered widespread attention and criticism… and Don Jr. is among those speaking out.
Don Jr. took to Twitter to blast the New York times and come to the defense of Evangelicals.
Stewart's criticism of Christians for the COVID-19 pandemic seems odd, since the virus came from China.
See Don Jr.'s statement as well as more details on Stewart's article below:
It is widely reported that China covered up the initial outbreak.
Furthermore, the World Health Organization even claimed on Twitter in January that human-to-human transmission was not possible... this has obviously since been proven wrong.
Yet, Stewart wanted to use the crisis to bash Christians.
No wonder Don Jr. called her out!
In her New York Times piece, Steward accused Christians of denying science:
Donald Trump rose to power with the determined assistance of a movement that denies science, bashes government and prioritized loyalty over professional expertise. In the current crisis, we are all reaping what that movement has sown.
At least since the 19th century, when the proslavery theologian Robert Lewis Dabney attacked the physical sciences as “theories of unbelief,” hostility to science has characterized the more extreme forms of religious nationalism in the United States. Today, the hard core of climate deniers is concentrated among people who identify as religiously conservative Republicans. And some leaders of the Christian nationalist movement, like those allied with the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, which has denounced environmental science as a “Cult of the Green Dragon,” cast environmentalism as an alternative — and false — theology.
This denial of science and critical thinking among religious ultraconservatives now haunts the American response to the coronavirus crisis. On March 15, Guillermo Maldonado, who calls himself an “apostle” and hosted Mr. Trump earlier this year at a campaign event at his Miami megachurch, urged his congregants to show up for worship services in person. “Do you believe God would bring his people to his house to be contagious with the virus? Of course not,” he said.
By all accounts, President Trump’s tendency to trust his gut over the experts on issues like vaccines and climate change does not come from any deep-seated religious conviction. But he is perfectly in tune with the religious nationalists who form the core of his base. In his daily briefings from the White House, Mr. Trump actively disdains and contradicts the messages coming from his own experts and touts as yet unproven cures.
The claim that Trump and his voters ignore science appears wildly wrong, especially since Trump has been trusting the guidance of medical and scientific experts.
To successfully fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Trump has had to surround himself by experts in the field and listen to their advice.
Of course, complex decisions are multifactorial. There are more issues (i.e. the economy) than just the health of our citizens.
Yet, Stewart seems determined to simplify her piece to a religious vs. science bashing.
This is why Don Jr. wanted to call her out and bring attention to her media malpractice.
People were not pleased with Stewart's piece...
During the COVID-19 crisis, President Trump has regularly consulted experts to get the best advice possible.
He's also allowed his advisors to speak on their areas of expertise during his daily briefings.
Breitbart confirms the president's actions in their coverage of Stewart's NYT piece:
Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, Trump has repeatedly deferred to scientists, doctors and experts in the administration — particularly Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Debbie Birx, who feature in his daily press briefings.
Notably, scientists have confirmed that President Trump’s travel bans on China and Europe slowed and limited the spread of the disease in the United States. In Fauci’s case, he specifically urged the travel ban be imposed on Europe.
All of the Democratic candidates for president opposed those bans.
Former Vice President Joe Biden called the China ban “hysterical” and xenophobic, and panned the Europe ban after Trump announced it.
During the entire crisis, the far left media has attempted to bash Trump's response as inadequate and too slow.
Trump, however, has always been ahead of the curve, closing the border with Chinese foreign nationals before Democrat leaders were on board.
The reality is that Trump's closest advisors at the moment are the leading scientists and physicians in the nation.
Dr. Birx and and Dr. Fauci are highly respected, especially since they've both served under Democrat and Republican administrations.
Thank you, Don Jr., for standing up for the president!
Please continue to call out the biased media for their tilted coverage!