A top White House adviser said that California, which typically votes in favor of Democrats, could turn into a Republican-leaning state by not choosing to reopen sooner.
Navarro, originally a native of Massachusetts, told Fox News that California is his home state. “I think it’s going to become a red state with that kind of leadership. The reality is that if we don’t open this economy back up we’re not going to have an economy,” he said.
On Tuesday, U.S. Navy veteran Mike Garcia, a Republican, won a House of Representatives seat in Southern California that was held by a Democratic lawmaker.
“And here’s the other reality that the medical doctors haven’t been telling you,” Navarro added. “Yeah, the China virus kills directly. But if we keep our economy shut down we’re not only gonna lose trillions of dollars in wealth [and] economic activity, that China-virus shock to the economy kills as well—suicides, drug abuse, depression.”
Navarro noted that people who can’t go to the hospital for health issues other than the virus will suffer as well: “That kills too.”
“It’s time to get back to work,” the adviser concluded. “We know a lot more than we did when this first hit us, when it came in like a lightning bolt from China because they hid the virus from us.”