A close look at what Trump has done to combat the current pandemic amid constant assaults from Democrats.
[The text below is largely stolen/excerpted from John Perazzo’s article at Front Page Magazine. I added the graphics and a few things here and there, with links at the end, to make it all more interesting to look at and easier to read. -CtH]
It has been a very long time since Americans last saw such a clear distinction between the considerable leadership qualities of their president, and the shameless political maneuverings of an opposition party constantly lusting for power. Let us review exactly what has happened in this country over the past few months, vis-a-vis the coronavirus pandemic.
On January 29, President Donald Trump created a White House Coronavirus Task Force to coordinate the federal government’s response to the virus outbreak and to keep the American people as informed as possible.
At that point, Democrats weren’t talking about the virus at all, being still obsessed with their doomed-from-the-start impeachment hoax.
On January 31, President Trump formally declared coronavirus to be a public health emergency and he implemented a ban on travel from China to the United States. Dr. Fauci said the travel ban resulted in relatively few cases getting to us from China.
One day later, presidential candidate Joe Biden depicted the president as a racist whose heart was filled with hatred for Asian people. “This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia — hysterical xenophobia — and fearmongering.”
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs didn’t hold a coronavirus hearing until February 5.
In subsequent weeks, President Trump announced further travel restrictions on certain global hot spots. American citizens returning from these areas were being routed to specific airports, where they could be properly screened and, if necessary, isolated.
Then, in March, the president officially closed both the southern and northern borders of the United States, so as to prevent the unnecessary influx of any further coronavirus cases from Mexico or Canada.
All of a sudden, Democrat talking head were obsessed with the idea that calling a virus that came from China a “Chinese virus” was RAAACIST.
They ignored the fact that they had been doing it themselves. And they ignored the fact that the meme itself originated with the Chinese Communist government that was desperate to deflect attention from its responsibility for not handling the outbreak before it spread to the whole world.
Trump calling it the “Chinese virus” was now more evidence of Trump’s racism and xenophobia.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton jumped aboard the bandwagon with, “The president is turning to racist rhetoric to distract from his failures to take the coronavirus seriously early on, make tests widely available, and adequately prepare the country for a period of crisis.”
The Trump administration’s around-the-clock efforts went into speeding development of diagnostic capabilities, treatments, and vaccines. They worked so well that, on March 16, the National Institutes of Health announced the start of a clinical vaccine trial. This was one of the fastest ever vaccine-development launches in the history of medicine.
The media repeated, rather than fact checked the unadulterated lie that Joe Biden tweeted out.
On March 4, HHS announced that it was going to purchase 500 million N95 respirators for the Strategic National Stockpile. A week later, President Trump signed a memorandum directing his administration to make general-use face masks available to healthcare workers. And six days after that, on March 17, the Department of Defense, in response to a request by the president, announced that it would be providing 5 million additional respirator masks as well as 2,000 specialized ventilators.
Failed Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg lamented that many Americans would tragically have to “pay a heavy cost” for “the president’s management incompetence.”
Failed Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine likewise derided Trump for his “massive missteps that have led to the United States being so far behind other nations in the world” in responding to the crisis.
On March 5, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created new billing codes for coronavirus tests, so as to facilitate accurate tracking of the public health response. The following day, President Trump signed legislation securing $8.3 billion for coronavirus response efforts — money that would cover the costs of things like public lab testing, isolation and quarantine initiatives, the sanitization of public areas, and vaccine research. And a week after that, Trump officially declared a national emergency, which freed up an additional $42 billion to fund the cause.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer issued a statement declaring that “President Trump continues to manufacture needless chaos within his administration, and it is hampering the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.”
On March 10, Trump urged Congress to pass a payroll tax cut, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) — in fulfillment of “a top priority for President Trump and this Administration” — announced new flexibilities that would allow meal-service programs to remain active even while schools were closed, and CMS, after meeting with President Trump and Vice President Pence, announced that Medicare Advantage and Part D plans could now waive co-payments for coronavirus tests and treatment.
Failed Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer opined that “Trump’s incompetence” in dealing with the pandemic was akin to “a neon sign going like, ‘I stink at my job. Yeah, I am a dummy! Ok?’ by Donald Trump.”
On March 11, the Trump administration announced that health savings accounts could be used to cover coronavirus testing and treatment without co-payments. That same day, the president directed the Treasury Department to allow coronavirus-impacted individuals and businesses to defer the payment of taxes that they owed.
Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, said, “We got a guy in the White House who doesn’t know anything about patriotism, doesn’t know anything about empathy.”
On March 12, Trump instructed the Small Business Administration to make available some $50 billion in low-interest disaster loans for businesses impacted by the virus.
That same day, Joe Biden repeated a totally false and already-debunked Democratic talking point about Trump having allegedly “cut our investment in global health” and left us “woefully unprepared for the exact crisis we now face.”
Not only did these cuts never happen, in late 2019, the United States was ranked the best-prepared country in the world to handle a pandemic by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (JHCHS).
On March 12, the Trump administration increased the flexibility of unemployment insurance programs, so as to allow workers impacted by the coronavirus to benefit from them.
Hillary Clinton tweeted sarcastically: “I know this is all hard for you, @realdonaldtrump, so let me spell it out.” She then proceeded to list a series of anti-coronavirus measures that Trump had already enacted.
Then she sneered that he might do a better job of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic if he were to try “giving a damn” about the American people.
That same day, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell pronounced in the gravest of tones: “More people are sick in America tonight because Donald Trump is president. More people are dead and dying in America tonight because Donald Trump is president.”
On March 13, President Trump authorized HHS to waive its existing rules and regulations so that healthcare providers could respond to the crisis with as few restrictions as possible. That same day, he directed the Energy Department to purchase — at a very favorable price — large quantities of crude oil for the National Strategic Reserve. Trump likewise directed the Education Department to waive interest payments on student loans held by the federal government.
On March 14, the administration negotiated legislation to provide tax credits for businesses that chose to give paid leave to employees affected by the virus. And four days later, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that it would temporarily suspend foreclosures and evictions affecting families whose mortgages were insured by the Federal Housing Administration. The Trump administration has also provided every state in the Union with increased flexibility to approve the establishment of coronavirus testing laboratories as well as drive-through testing sites.
According to failed Democratic presidential candidate, Michael Bloomberg, President Trump had thoroughly “failed” and was “leaving Americans deeply unsettled” as a result.
On March 14, it was announced that the administration was working with Google to develop a website designed to help Americans learn about coronavirus prevention procedures, determine whether or not they needed a test, and, if so, where they could get one.
Four days later, the administration launched a partnership with the Ad Council, various media networks, and a number of digital platforms to produce public service announcements about the coronavirus.
In March as well, CMS dramatically expanded access to telehealth services for Medicare beneficiaries, thereby enabling more patients to consult with their doctors remotely while avoiding potential exposure to the virus.
But Joe Biden, in tones that were at once somber and outraged, again promoted a totally false talking point. On March 15, he said that the World Health Organization had “offered the testing kits that they have available and to give it to us now,” but Trump “refused them.”
World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson Margaret Harris as follows: “No discussions occurred between WHO and CDC [Centers for Disease Control & Prevention] about WHO providing COVID-19 tests to the United States.”
On March 18, the Trump administration announced that the U.S. Navy would soon be deploying two medical ships to help support areas impacted by coronavirus. The next day, the president signed into law a bill to not only ensure paid leave benefits to many Americans, but also to make free coronavirus testing available to anyone in need, including the uninsured. Moreover, that same bill supported nutrition programs ,such as the food stamp system.
During a speech on the Senate floor, Democrat Senator and Hillary Clinton’s failed VP partner, Tim Kaine, chastised the president for engaging in “inflammatory China-bashing” and “weeks and weeks of tweeting lies and misinformation about the virus, while the leaders of other nations were taking steps to make sure their populations could be safe.”
Former basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar took time to weigh in as well, condemning Trump’s “failure as a leader” and depicting the president’s supporters as nothing more than “cult members” who “mindlessly follow a stern dictatorial father-figure who tells them what to do and think. Like, well, Nazis.”
On March 22, Trump asked multiple car companies to mass produce ventilators to help combat the pandemic.
That same day, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio — another Democrat who had recently sought his party’s presidential nomination — accused President Trump of refusing to “lift a finger to help his hometown” (New York) deal with with the coronavirus outbreak. “I can’t be blunt enough,” said de Blasio. “If the president doesn’t act, people will die who could have lived otherwise.”
On March 22, Fox News host Mark Levin asked Dr. Anthony Fauci:
“There is this statement put up, [by] some in the press, [by] some in the opposition party of the president, that the president doesn’t follow the science. Is the president following the science?”
After replying that in the daily Coronavirus Task Force meetings “we make all of our decisions and recommendations that are based on the science,” Fauci said:
“I have never in that room had a situation where I said, scientifically, this is the right thing to do and they said, don’t do it. Or [I have never said] scientifically, this is the wrong thing to do, and they did it anyway. Then we get up and we present it to the president. And he asks a lot of questions. That’s his nature. He is constantly asking the question, and I never, in the multiple times that I’ve done that … he has never overruled me.”
And yet, on that very same day, New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait published an article titled “Trump Is Back to Waging War on Science, at the Worst Possible Moment.”
The piece concludes with this stinging indictment of the president: “Public-health professionals have had nothing to offer him but facts and science. They never had a chance.”
The coordinated campaign of premeditated lies and smears that the Democrats and their media mouthpieces have been waging against President Trump ever since the word “coronavirus” first entered the American people’s consciousness, has been obscene.
But there is something else that also needs to be addressed. Have you noticed that even now — after the life-and-death dangers inherent in the Democrats’ open-borders, catch-and-release immigration policies have been thoroughly laid bare by the current crisis — Democrats in public office have been utterly silent about those dangers?
Have you noticed that they have not ventured even to speculate that perhaps President Trump’s pre-coronavirus warnings about the need to regulate our nation’s borders were well-founded and had absolutely nothing to do with racism?
The Democratic Party has devolved into something quite diabolical. Its very considerable energies are now spent on little more than a constant stream of frenzied efforts to cover their political foes in rhetorical bird droppings. Aside from that, the party has nothing to offer the American people.