More than 2,000 Americans died from the novel coronavirus on Tuesday and hospitalizations resulting from the disease surged to a record high of 88,000.
Despite this grim news, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) complained on Wednesday that the news media is only covering the negative aspects of a pandemic that so far has killed 260,000 Americans in just nine months.
"On Covid, media emphasized bad news even when we had positive developments and did more Trump/hydroxychloroquine stories than all vaccine stories combined," he wrote. "Part of a broader pattern of characterizing everything as bad news Republicans are to be blamed for."
As many of Rubio's followers quickly pointed out, the reason the media covered hydroxychloroquine so much was that President Donald Trump himself falsely pushed it as a "game-changing" treatment when most reputable studies of the drug showed it was not effective.
Check out some reactions to Rubio below.
@marcorubio BS. Let’s be honest the Hydroxy stories were carried because because Trump kept them there. And the… https://t.co/hLk7r6LBTk— Cindy L Arnevik (@Cindy L Arnevik)1606303761.0
@marcorubio You think the upswing in deaths and infections is "good news" ? You think thousands lining up for food… https://t.co/phq1idLBoe— ✨☮💙 Kim Ruxton 💙☮✨ (@✨☮💙 Kim Ruxton 💙☮✨)1606304658.0
@marcorubio Edit.. 1 MILLION doses .. I was thinking of the $500 Million in TAX BREAKS he gave Florida corporations… https://t.co/YnHriW5izn— Cathy (@Cathy)1606307267.0
@marcorubio ...works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers… https://t.co/qrpoZhI3t6— Jamie Schler (@Jamie Schler)1606305479.0
@marcorubio People are out of work and hungry. Your “fine people” won’t pass legislation to get them assistance.… https://t.co/bH6Uu4CFvn— Mama_C2 🇺🇸 (@Mama_C2 🇺🇸)1606304853.0
@itsJeffTiedrich @marcorubio And of course, he can't throw his own network under the bus for touting hydroxychloroquine as a cure for COVID!— Terry Daniel (@Terry Daniel)1606309194.0
@marcorubio People died and Trump and the republicans (still) don’t follow what the CDC recommends. Don’t blame the media. Truth sucks— It’s about Country 🇺🇸not party (@It’s about Country 🇺🇸not party)1606304122.0
@marcorubio It doesn't help your case when Trump was touting Covid-19 as a Democrat hoax and didn't encourage weari… https://t.co/GHEZXaxYvz— Essential Worker 🌊🇺🇲💙🍑✊💚 (@Essential Worker 🌊🇺🇲💙🍑✊💚)1606304947.0
@marcorubio Marco Rubio is the poster child for bad news. Republicans have allowed Trump and Governors like DeSanti… https://t.co/UM2lLufRvL— Gailen David (@Gailen David)1606308368.0
@marcorubio Yes, Marco. You're the victim. Not the 200,000+ dead due to inaction. Not the thousands waiting in lin… https://t.co/mKa3wOT3be— I'dReallyRatherNot (@I'dReallyRatherNot)1606309191.0