Los Angeles (Reuters) — A majority of Californians say they are OK with various epidemics — including an unstoppable Coronavirus outbreak — instead of another four years of Donald Trump in the White House.
The poll, from the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, found that nearly 52 percent of those surveyed either agreed or strongly agreed that a spreading contagion of Hepatitis A, Cholera, SARS Coronavirus, or even COVID-19, would be preferable to another four years of Trump.
“While voters are generally opposed to a virus that could kill them and their extended families, they would be willing to have the entire state healthcare system overwhelmed by an epidemic than vote for Trump,” said the USC report.
When asked what cities should be decimated first, nearly two-thirds said they’d prefer the contagion to spread up the I-80 corridor from San Francisco to Sacramento. Less than a plurality thought the Los Angeles metro area should suffer first.
The poll comes as San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) became the first California mayor to declare a state of emergency.
“We’re willing to have just about any deadly virus in California if that means defeating Trump in November, but San Francisco is not going down first on my watch,” Breed said.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti agreed that he’d let half the city die rather than see Trump in office until 2025, but hinted that he’d bus the entire homeless population of Skid Row to San Francisco if the City Council approved it.
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