A conservative columnist who is generally a supporter of President Donald Trump recently found himself getting barraged by the president's fans because he admitted coronavirus could be a real problem for the global economy.
As the New York Times reports, Republican Rob Maness recently wrote a column for the conservative LifeZette website that outlined potential negative economic impacts from coronavirus, including the disruption of supply chains.
"The most significant major concern in America is the impact on pharmaceutical supply," Maness wrote in his column. "Large numbers of drugs used to treat serious medical conditions are manufactured or their key components are produced in China. Medicines such as antibiotics amoxicillin, doxycycline, penicillin and other’s availabilities will be impacted as China continues its lock-down of factory workers because 90% of their sourcing is in China."
While this analysis was fairly straightforward in breaking down the economic risks of a viral pandemic, Maness tells the Times that many Trump supporters were furious with him for bringing up unwelcome facts.
"I got accused of being alarmist and trying to hurt the president," he said. "I actually said the government’s doing a pretty good job."
Trump spent the last few days attacking media coverage of the virus and accused the Washington Post of being the "ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE" after it published a devastating report showing his administration was scrambling to respond to the outbreak.