NYT's Donald McNeil: Trump's 'Hostility' Toward Hispanics to Blame for Severity of Flu Epidemic

"Maybe (it's) because of President Trump's hostility to...Hispanics."

On CNN's At This Hour Monday, New York Times Science and Health reporter Donald McNeil Jr. ludicrously implicated Donald Trump as potentially to blame for the decreased number of Hispanics receiving flu shots.


Guest host and senior political correspondent Brianna Keilar asked the columnist -- who has previously penned an article imploring Trump to do more in the area of public health -- what he thought about the eight percent drop in flu shots for Hispanics. McNeil quickly accused President Trump of "hostility to Spanish language and Hispanics." In addition, the left-wing writer called out a "cutback in Spanish-language ads." 

McNeil went on to admit that no statistics supported his theory. Nevertheless, he seemed quick characterize the President as racist. Furthermore, as for the President being against the Spanish language: the language of America is English. It's incumbent upon Americans to learn the language of the country, rather than the country to cater to various languages. Stop signs are in only one language; drivers are responsible for understanding the word. The same goes for any notices of safety or health. Therefore, if a Hispanic couldn't read an English ad, wouldn't that be the fault of the individual, not the government?

McNeil went on to disparage Trump for claiming in 2015 that he had never had a flu shot. The NYT reporter then said he would like for the President to tell the truth, adding that any expectation of Trump to be truthful was "a pretty low bar to reach."

Ultimately, McNeil recognized that flu shots have become less popular in recent years; this would appear to indicate Trump having no part in the decline. Nevertheless, the fact that a writer for the left-wing New York Times could possibly mention our Republican President as in any way responsible for the illness of millions Americans is absolutely repugnant. As is the fact that CNN's Keilar didn't immediately point out the absurdity of the idea.