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Indiana Representative Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN-9) made a case Tuesday afternoon for moving ahead with a smart reopening of the country and putting Americans back to work.

By Tuesday night, Hollingworth was being compared to Adolf Hitler on social media, while CNN and other national news outlets painted him as a heartless capitalist who was anxiously awaiting his opportunity to shove grandma into a wood chipper.

Here’s the quote that caused the kerfuffle:

“The social scientists are telling us about the economic disaster that is going on. Our (Gross Domestic Product) is supposed to be down 20% alone this quarter. It is policymakers’ decision to put on our big boy and big girl pants and say it is the lesser of these two evils. It is not zero evil, but it is the lesser of these two evils and we intend to move forward that direction. That is our responsibility and to abdicate that is to insult the Americans that voted us into office.”

And here’s a fine selection of headlines from our country’s finest media outlets in response to Hollingsworth’s comments:


“GOP congressman says letting more Americans die of coronavirus is lesser of two evils compared to economy tanking”


“Indiana congressman says he’s willing to let more Americans die to save economy”

The Root:

Indiana Rep. Trey Hollingsworth Prefers People Dying of COVID-19 Over a Failing Economy”


“GOP Congressman Says U.S. Will Always Choose ‘Loss of American Lives’ Over ‘Loss of Our Way of Life.'”

The Hill:

“GOP lawmaker: We must choose ‘loss of American lives’ over ‘loss of our way of life as Americans'”

New York Daily News:

“GOP congressman says coronavirus deaths would be ‘lesser of two evils’ compared to economic troubles”

Washington Post:

“GOP Congressman Says He Puts Saving ‘American Way of Life’ Over Saving Lives From The Coronavirus.”

And the mother of all ridiculous headlines intended to cause outrage…

Vanity Fair:

“GOP Congressman: Lawmakers Must ‘Put On Our Big Boy and Big Girl Pants’ and Let Americans Die”

Can you folks on the left stop with the “Fox News is Biased Propaganda” crap now?

Of course, the media’s hatchet job was NOTHING compared to the proud brigade of liberal keyboard warriors on Twitter:


WIBC host Tony Katz comments on the Trey Hollingsworth hysteria in the clip below.

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