President Donald Trump's Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, whose job reportedly was on the chopping block last year but somehow managed to keep it, just announced his belief that the deadly and fast-spreading coronavirus will bring jobs back to the U.S.
The coronavirus has killed 170 people and there are 7711 verified cases. Death updates are coming sometimes several times a day and in the double digits.
But Secretary Ross found a way to put a positive spin on it.
"Every American's heart has to go out to the victims of the coronavirus," Wilbur told Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo, "So I don't want to talk about a victory lap over a very unfortunate and very malignant disease."
"But the fact is it does give businesses yet another thing to consider when they go through their review of their supply chains," he said, pivoting.
"So I think it will help accelerate the return of jobs to North America. Some to U.S., probably some to Mexico."
Bartiromo was only too happy to support Ross: "Oh, that's a good point."
It's actually not.
There is little movement of jobs returning to the U.S. from China because the U.S. cannot compete with the exceptionally low wages and poor working conditions in China.
Secretary Wilbur Ross says coronavirus will be good for [checks notes] American jobs: "I think it will help to acce… https://t.co/9jsVIF42q3— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1580388447.0
Many were immediately outraged and disgusted.
@atrupar Jobs like: Coffin makers Funeral Home Managers Gravediggers Outbreak suit designers Mad Max era gas hoard… https://t.co/2F6De5LNE7— Untucked with Jeremy Newberger (@Untucked with Jeremy Newberger) 1580388977.0
Good God, these people are monsters. All of them. Every single one of these fuckers in the Trump admin. What sou… https://t.co/5PrVl6cbpV— HawaiiDelilah™ (@HawaiiDelilah™) 1580390718.0
The conclusion that a deadly pandemic is actually good because it will destroy China is a perfect distillation of T… https://t.co/4KXp3JFH2R— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1580388796.0
Trickle-down viral economics https://t.co/4kmtWt6p0S— Bill Shea (@Bill Shea) 1580391783.0
@atrupar @realDonaldTrump administration view is people dying will help American jobs.— Jim (@Jim) 1580388658.0
Reminder how Trump fearmongered over Ebola in 2014. https://t.co/pV4Jz8DVDn— Dr. emptywheel (@Dr. emptywheel) 1580391508.0
@atrupar It will do no such thing. Factories aren't built overnight. Supply chains aren't made overnight. no one i… https://t.co/m7Wal9toWb— lawhawk #maskingforafriend (@lawhawk #maskingforafriend) 1580389383.0
“Have you no sense of decency, sir?" The answer is clearly no: Trump's Secty of Labor Wilbur Ross makes it clear t… https://t.co/uoiBHke22j— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah)))) 1580391418.0
@atrupar I can’t think of a more f**ked up thing for a govt official to say about a pandemic— Dorit Murciano (@Dorit Murciano) 1580389438.0
@atrupar International pandemic, but its good economics. #evil— Fred Kesselman (@Fred Kesselman) 1580388558.0