In this Aug. 31, 2004 file photo, Matthew Dowd, former pollster and strategist for President Bush, is seen on the floor of the Republican National Convention in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
We’ve been reporting a lot on the Wuhan virus and one of the basic things we have been saying is try not to panic and keep it in proper perspective.
Most people who get it, it’s going to be very mild. They might not even realize they have it. Be conscious that those most affected will be the elderly or immunocompromised people and people who already have respiratory issues.
Obviously approach it intelligently, follow the proper medical guidelines being put out there avoiding big gatherings, making sure your hand washing and isolating if you feel ill.
But apparently, Never Trump ABC political analyst Matthew Dowd either didn’t get the message or isn’t getting the point of it.
He’s trending this morning because everyone is mad at him for this tweet.
Matthew Dowd is a preening idiot, Exhibit 8,829,715,670. pic.twitter.com/WdygNBihYR
— Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) March 14, 2020
Now, a virus isn’t like a terrorist. It’s actually perhaps the one time not to be seemingly encouraging hugging at big gatherings.
Matthew Dowd is now a medical expert. pic.twitter.com/BILRlyHT2L
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) March 14, 2020
I believe in discouraging panic and unreasonable fear. We need to look at things in proper perspective. But that doesn’t mean that hugging or seemingly encouraging hugging makes sense.
What makes this all the more crazy is that Dowd has been attacking President Donald Trump for supposedly not taking the virus seriously. He tweeted about ten days ago condemning Trump for not cancelling rallies. Then he goes to a rally and hugs people? Really? This is what being a hypocrite is, in two tweets.
Matthew Dowd then: Can you believe Trump hasn’t cancelled public events! There is a pandemic! He’s going to kill everyone!
— Greg Scott (@GScottSays) March 14, 2020
We're not changing our behavior because of "fear." We're prudently changing our behavior because we don't want to catch the coronavirus and pass it to someone's parents or grandparents. https://t.co/W07FRLMYur
— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) March 14, 2020
When did Matthew Dowd earn a reputation as a rational, well-spoken anybody? Republican no less?
— Phyllis Moore (@LeftVsRightNow) March 14, 2020
Really amazing to see ABC News’s chief political analyst, who has spent weeks blasting the President for minimizing the virus, tweet positively about getting people together in a group last night and how we need to act as if nothing is wrong.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) March 14, 2020