— It doesn’t matter.
President Donald J. Trump could announce tomorrow morning that he pulled an all-nighter, whipped out the Bunsen burners and Petri dishes, and created a combined vaccine and treatment against the deadly COVID-19 virus. Furthermore, under his new Injections for All program, 330 million free shots would be available for every American, starting with doses at every Walgreens and Duane Reade, as of High Noon.
Rather than cheer the president’s diligence and creativity, the guttersnipes who slam him at every turn would moan: “So what? Why didn’t he cure breast cancer? Does he hate women? And what about Tay-Sachs Disease? No cure for that? At last, this proves conclusively that he’s an anti-Semite.”
Soon after this pandemic emerged in Wuhan Province, China, and began its long march overseas, Trump banned the arrival of foreign nationals from China and those who had traveled there within 14 days of reaching the U.S. Rather than applaud Trump’s January 31 action to defend America from these dreadful pathogens, his indefatigable foes lined up to smite him.
“This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia – hysterical xenophobia
– and fearmongering
to lead the way instead of science” former vice president Joe Biden thundered on February 2.
Three days later, Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer said via Twitter: “The premature travel ban to and from China by the current administration is just an excuse to further his ongoing war against immigrants
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D – California) attacked Trump for “using scare tactics
about people coming back to our country.”
CNN warned that “the US coronavirus travel ban could backfire” and wind up “stigmatizing countries and ethnicities
.” CNN also berated Trump’s panel of experts on public health and infectious disease for its “lack of diversity
,” as if germs gave a damn about skin color.
CNN’s odious Jim Acosta berated Trump for calling COVID-19 a “foreign virus,” since this, too, would fuel — what else? — xenophobia. Never mind that this microbe first arose in China, which is not an American state, but a foreign country. Also, on January 23, Acosta referred via Twitter to “the growing spread of Wuhan Coronavirus.” Wuhan is not in Wisconsin. It’s in China. So, Acosta lacks even toothpicks on which to stand when he spews his ugliness.
Despite the Left’s destructive carping, Trump’s “bigoted” travel restrictions kept infections and deaths far lower than they would have been otherwise.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, lauded the “original decision that was made by the president.” He added at a February 29 press conference: “If we had not done that, we would have had many, many more cases right here that we would have to be dealing with.”
If Trump had not
taken these tough-but-effective steps six weeks ago, dead bodies likely would have piled up, as they have in Italy, and these very same
Left-wing jackals would be screaming, “Why didn’t Trump ban flights from China? He knew each one was a missile brimming with biological weapons. But he let them land here anyway. Monster!”
The Daily Mail
transmitted this lie via Twitter
on March 9: “Trump REFUSES to say if he has been tested for coronavirus and storms out of White House briefing on crisis.”
As Turning Point USA’s Benny Johnson demonstrated via a video clip
that he posted on Twitter, President Trump finished his press conference and said, “Thank you very much.” As he turned right to exit the White House press room, the gathered journalists inelegantly hollered questions at him, as they have done in that situation for decades. “Have you been tested?” a man in the crowd shouted. “Have you been tested? Mr. President, have you been tested? Mr. President, have you been tested?”
As presidents have done for decades, Trump ignored these screams and very casually walked out the door. He did not “REFUSE” to say anything, nor did he storm out of anywhere.
LIES! Or, more politely, fake news.
The dinosaur media also claimed that President Trump called COVID-19 “a hoax.” In fact, he referred to the Left’s critique of his Corona response
as a hoax, designed to sandbag him, like the Russia and Ukraine hoaxes.
It doesn’t matter.
Trump is evil for not getting tested for Corona virus. (I use two words; it’s “Swine flu” and “chicken pox,” not swineflu or chickenpox. We are not Germans. There’s no need to squeeze words in a vise.)
“If he understood his role as a moral leader, Trump would submit to the test — modeling appropriate behavior for the public,” CNN’s Chris Cillizza scolded. He cited the president’s CPAC speech, where he had no direct contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. “Sure, it would be done out of an abundance of caution, given that he almost certainly hasn’t been infected. But it would also provide leadership, destigmatizing and demystifying the idea of being tested. It would show that Trump was willing to go above and beyond prescribed conduct for the good of the American people.”
Cillizza added: “The Point: Trump has never understood the moral responsibilities
and imperatives of being President. And he doesn’t appear to be starting now.”
So, to summarize: Trump is immoral and failed to destigmatize a non-mysterious test for which people are clamoring and whose limited supply is overwhelmed by enormous public demand.
But if Trump had
gotten tested, just imagine the outrage. Cillizza and others would have demanded to know:
Why is Donald Trump wasting precious test kits on himself, while he is asymptomatic? Doesn’t he know that these test kits are extremely scarce, or his he too stupid to understand this? Who the hell does he think he is? This proves, once and for all, that he is a terminal narcissist!
For weeks, these vultures have called Trump’s response lackadaisical.
“What he’s doing is late, too late, anemic,” Pelosi whined. “Hopefully, we can make up for the loss of time.” On February 24, Schumer said Trump was “asleep at the wheel” and had “no plan.”
Perhaps President Trump could have fought this headache harder and sooner if he were not busy battling something that Pelosi, Schumer, and their Democrat comrades concocted all on their own: His impeachment by the House and trial in the Senate. While COVID-19 incubated and expanded, Trump was at least slightly distracted by Democrats’ despicable, futile, and totally failed bid to dislodge him from office. In fact, Trump’s February 6 Senate acquittal came a full week after his Chinese-travel ban.
According to NBC News, “The president doesn’t appear to be taking seriously the threat Americans see to their physical and financial health.”
Trump has failed to take COVID-19 seriously, specifically, through these initiatives: his initial Chinese-travel ban, his original public-health-emergency declaration, his formation of a task force to coordinate these efforts, under the leadership of Vice President Mike Pence; his signature on an $8.5 billion Corona emergency spending bill, meetings with drug companies to speed vaccine development, pressure on the FDA to remove Obama-Biden-era red tape that hinders new-drug production, negotiations with insurance companies to encourage them to offer COVID-19 tests for free (absent co-pays, etc.), and more.
Also, the president addressed the American people from the Oval Office Wednesday night. That’s as serious as a president of the United States can get. He announced a 30-day moratorium on flights from 26 European nations, starting tonight. (The UK and Northern Ireland are exempt.) Centers for Disease Control chief Robert Redfield said: “If you want to be blunt, Europe is the new China.”
Well, now Trump is overreacting. It’s too much. He’s out of control.
“Coronavirus knows no borders but borders are the only thing that President Trump knows with regard to Covid-19,” global-health expert Thomas Bollyky told Vox in an article headlined “Coronavirus is already here. Blocking travelers won’t prevent its spread
.” Supposedly allowing new cases into America “won’t prevent its spread.”
And now that Trump is blocking flights from Austria, France, Germany, Norway and other countries that quite fairly can be called white, does this expose his anti-Caucasian bias? If so, his self-hatred would seem to negate charges of his towering vanity. If not, this suggests that such travel limits are color blind and are a necessary evil when coping with people who, through no fault of their own, carry disease — whether they are Chinese, European, or simply traversing those locations.
It never stops.
Trump haters pummel him with sledgehammers all day, every day, no matter what. In this vital case, these Americans are not laboring to improve this dire situation. Instead, the very worst people in this country use their influence and power for divisive and obscene partisan advantage. Rather than love their fellow Americans throughout this national emergency, the loathsome Left demonstrates consistently that they hate Donald J. Trump more than they hate the Coronavirus.
This reprehensible headline in America’s so-called “Paper of Record” serves as an instruction manual for the enemies of the President of the United States to respond to anything and everything he does or says while battling this national emergency:
“Let’s Call It Trumpvirus
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research. Bucknell University’s Michael Malarkey contributed research to this opinion piece.