Fact-check: Sen. Dick Durbin’s claim about COVID-19’s effect on U.S. economy vs. the rest of the world is false

Following last month’s Democratic National Convention, Sen. Dick Durbin said Democrats would better handle the coronavirus and the nation’s economy if they take control of the Senate next year.

“We have a worse economy than any other country in the world that’s going through COVID-19 by a factor of three,” the Illinois Democrat said on the “Connected to Chicago” podcast hosted by WLS-AM’s Bill Cameron.

While the U.S. economy has been struggling in the aftermath of shutdowns caused by the pandemic, the Aug. 23 claim drew a very stark comparison between the U.S. and the rest of the world that we had never heard. So we decided to check it out.

Asked repeatedly to provide records, studies or any other support to back up the claim, Durbin’s staff did not respond.

So we turned to experts and myriad data collected by economists to compare the U.S. economy to other countries.

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