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Right-wing radio host: ‘The left is creating the Flint water crisis and Zika virus to scare people’

A listener called in to lambaste Sandy Rios and other right-wingers for not commenting on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, as well as the growing chance that the deadly Zika virus could become an epidemic.

Image: Sandy Rios via screen grab

Sandy Rios is the director of governmental affairs for the right-wing group the American Family Association. She also has her own radio show. On a recent edition, a listener called in to lambaste Rios and other right-wingers for not commenting on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, as well as the growing chance that the deadly Zika virus could become an epidemic.

Rios, however, seemed unconcerned about either of these obviously dire public health issues. Instead, she blamed Democrats for the situation with the lead-poisoned water in Flint, and said the Zika virus was a ploy by liberals to strike fear in the hearts and minds of the public.

To make matters worse, the host decided that unrelated problems, such as America’s “out of control borders” and ISIS are what we should be talking about.

Also read: Report: Christian opposition to birth control is helping the Zika virus to ‘spread explosively’

The caller was outraged, and accused Rios of “devaluing black life.” Rios played innocent, saying she didn’t know if Flint’s population was black or white. She went on to blame liberals again, and to tell the caller:

“The whole issue in Michigan — the left loves to, they’re now creating this, I’m sorry, I’m going to really go out on a limb here, this Zika virus which I haven’t talked about. They love to come up with tragedies and they love to blame and they love to scare people. I think this issue in Michigan is a serious one but I don’t think it’s the big issue that these other issues are.”

Listen to the audio below, via Right Wing Watch:



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    Cameron Tuehy

    February 5, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    This is America and everyone is entitled to their opinion. But not all opinions are valid. If you have no independently verified facts to back up your opinion, a public figure has an obligation to the public to not say anything.

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    February 8, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Sandi Rios is a rightwing BS’ing asshat. It is a mystery to me how ANYONE who does not have their head where the ‘sun don’t shine’ could demonstrate such an incredibly high level of ignorance on this issue. THEN, so as to clearly demonstrate her ignorance and avoid addressing the callers comments she changed the subject! YES, ISIL is horrible and has murdered multiple 1000’s of muslims and fewer christians. However, the republican governor of MI ignored the information provided him about changing Flint’s water source. The State provided water coolers and pure water containers for their offices in Flint … THEY KNEW! So, to answer that asshat’s question about which is more important, ISIL or Flint, let’s reword her effort to distract from the issue and ask, “Is poisoning 10’s of thousands of people (along with the associated illness and deaths) in Flint of greater threat to OUR AMERICAN CITIZENS than is ISIL murdering their own 9,000 miles away?

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    Bec Thumma

    February 10, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Okay, she should check info before opening her mouth, the Governor of Michigan IS Republican, not Democrat like she things. Plus how can one say the Flint water problem isn’t a “big” issue…how can she say that and still have intelligent listeners…oh wait I can answer my own question. No intelligent listerners, just a bunch of right wing idiots who are too worried about what others are doing and not about what they themselves should be doing.

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