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Peter Navarro: 'Lockdown Economy' Hurts Poor People the Most

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White House trade adviser Peter Navarro (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 20 November 2020 02:26 PM

The "lockdown economy" sought in states run by Democrats serves to hurt poor people most of all during the coronavirus pandemic, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Friday. 

"The states which have the highest number of people, percent of the workforce, on unemployment are all states run by Democratic governors," said Navarro on Fox Business' "Mornings With Maria." "The top 13 states are all Democrat-run. What they share in common is a kind of a lockdown economy ... it is a regressive tax on the poor."

People who are being forced out of work because of lockdowns are at the lower end of the income scale, said Navarro, and it is "just cruelty" from Democrats to encourage lockdowns. 

"The 14 out of 15 states who have the best performance with respect to initial [unemployment] claims are all run by the Republican governors," said Navarro. "I am concerned into winter we will hear more and more drumbeats for lockdowns."

President Donald Trump has done "very well" to "thread the needle" between having lockdowns that prevented people from dying from the virus and preventing them from dying from the indirect effects of shutdowns, said Navarro. 

"I think Democrat governors, judged simply by data, have done a horrible job," he said. "I have friends in Minnesota telling me the governor there wants to micromanage how many people who can come to the Thanksgiving dinners. This is the definition of insanity."

Navarro on Friday also said he has concerns about how a Biden administration will deal with China, because "if you do not have some kind of stick with the Chinese Communist Party, they will continue to do what they are doing. ... People in this country needs to unify around the fact that that is the single greatest existential threat. They not only destroyed our economy back in the days of George Bush, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden, now they have infected this country and killed over a quarter million Americans, put 20 million Americans out of work at this point."

He added that he doesn't "accept the premise" that Trump won't have a second term in office and insisted that Trump has "woken this nation up to the fact that the Chinese [are] coming for us."

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