As Coronavirus Cases Exceed 1 Million, Colorado Springs GOP Wonders If It’s Even Real

While President Donald Trump intensely backpedals from his own monthslong campaign to minimize the coronavirus “hoax,” it appears Republican politicians at the county level missed out on the message.

This, after the Republican Politician Party of El Paso County– home to Colorado Springs, Colorado– questioned aloud on Facebook Wednesday if coronavirus is in fact a “PSYOP,” or “psychological operations,” campaign.

“Hello El Paso County! Do you believe that the Coronavirus is a PSYOP (Psychological Operation)?” The post read. “Post your answer … the definition of (PSYOP) is below.”

The meaning read: “Psychological operations (PSYOP) are operations to convey select information and indicators to audiences to influence their emotions, motives, and objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of governments, organizations, groups, and individuals.”

Posted then rapidly erased by@gopelpaso Negligent and outrageous that it increased at all. Be much better. (Upgraded to show the CO, not TX, county). pic.twitter.com/1pmDAfVXjf

— Person Benson (@guypbenson)April 1, 2020

The post was erased soon after it went live, under pressure from Republican authorities at the state level. El Paso County party chair Vickie Tonkins told Colorado Politics she does not see what the big offer is.

“I posted a question. I’m sorry people couldn’t answer it,”she told the newspaper “Don’t get all offended.”

She elaborated in a followup post on Facebook:

“I put a post on our Facebook earlier today to see what people thought!” Tonkins composed, in part. “I am sorry a few of you were offended by a definition, that was NOT the intention. I did not give an opinion I just asked what people’s thoughts as we have asked your thoughts on other issues.”

El Paso County has among the country’s highest death rates from coronavirus. A senior resident who posthumously checked favorable for the diease attended at least six bridge games at the Colorado Springs Bridge Center while contagious, possibly exposing approximately 300 other individuals. Individually on Wednesday, Jeff Hopkins, a 41- year-old El Paso County constable’s deputy, died of COVID-19.

As of April 1, there have actually been 3,342 validated cases of the infection and 80 deaths in the state. The variety of cases of COVID-19 all over the world exceeded 1 million Thursday, with 236,000 validated cases in the U.S.– the most recognized infections of any nation.

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