(USA Features) A Democratic congressman appeared to threaten Donald Trump Jr. after the president’s son suggested that the opposition party was politicizing the coronavirus outbreak as a way to attack his father.
On Friday, Trump Jr. also condemned the media for what he says is intentional over-hyping of the threat.
“For them to take a pandemic and seemingly hope that it comes here and kills millions of people so that they can end Donald Trump’s streak of winning is a new level of sickness,” Trump Jr. said on Friday in an interview on Fox & Friends.
He was reacting to a New York Times op-ed by Gail Collins titled, “Let’s Call It the Trumpvirus.”
“I don’t know if this is coronavirus or Trump Derangement Syndrome, but these people are infected badly,” he said.
Trump Jr. also recalled how the media criticized his president father for implementing a travel ban from China last month as a precautionary measure after the virus began spreading and killing.
“They can have it both ways because no one in the media will ever cover themselves honestly,” he said.
During the show, Trump Jr. also said Democrats were hoping the virus “comes here to kill millions of people so it can end the president’s winning,” comments which upset Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif.
In an interview on MSNBC, host Hallie Jackson asked Garamendi to respond.
“He shouldn’t be near me when he says that,” the congressman said.
Asked to explain, he responded, “There would be a serious altercation that’s totally outrageous. That’s totally outrageous. I can assure you there’s not a Democrat or Republican in Congress that wants anybody to be sick.”
State and federal health officials have identified one person in Northern California who contracted the coronavirus without apparently coming into contact with anyone, though it’s not clear if that has been proven yet.
“We know there’s community spread in my district. I know there’s an individual that’s very sick. Don Jr. better not get close to me. It would not be a healthy situation,” Garamendi said.
It’s not clear if the Secret Service has been contacted or if the agency would even consider it a threat that needed to be investigated.