A reporter appeared surprised by a supporter of President Donald Trump’s who said she does not believe the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus even exits as the death toll climbed to 9 in the U.S. on Tuesday.
Speaking to the president’s supporters ahead of a Charlotte, North Carolina, campaign rally on Monday, NBC News reporter Monica Alba spoke to a woman wearing a baseball cap with Trump’s name on it who dismissed the COVID-19 pandemic as a liberal hoax.
“So you don’t believe coronavirus exists?” Alba asked the woman.
“I don’t,” she said.
“So the two people who’ve been reported to have died from it in Washington state, you don’t trust that that’s true?” Alba pressed the woman.
“I don’t trust anything that Democrats do or say,” she replied.
“So that was put out by the governor of that state, it’s been put out by bipartisan lawmakers,” Alba informed the woman.
“Are they Democrats?” the woman asked.
“Republicans and Democrats agreeing that there are people who have contracted the virus, two of them who have died so far,” Alba clarified.
“Yeah, I mean I just don’t believe it,” the woman replied.
At the same rally, another woman said she was confident she wouldn’t be affected by the virus because she has protection from God.
“We’re under protection from Psalms 91 and God is our protector,” the unnamed woman said.
.@realDonaldTrump has a rally in North Carolina tonight before voters hit the polls tomorrow on Super Tuesday.
— NBC News NOW (@NBCNewsNow) March 3, 2020