Pardoned Felon Says COVID Death Totals Are “Padded”

Media Matters reports:

Right-wing commentator Dinesh D’Souza appeared Monday night on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle — on the same day that he had tweeted a conspiracy theory claiming that coronavirus-related death totals were being inflated by medical practitioners, to deceive the public.

During the April 20 show, D’Souza contrasted the approach of economic lockdowns with the program adopted in Sweden. “They have never had an economic lockdown, but they do have social distancing,” he said. “So it’s possible to have one strategy without the other.”

Fox News personalities and other right-wing commentators have celebrated Sweden’s relatively hands-off approach, even as evidence continues to mount that it’s not working — the country now has nearly 10 times the number of coronavirus-related deaths than the other Nordic countries.