In America today, nothing is exempt from politicization by the Left. The coronavirus is the latest example. Because fear of this new virus is sharply impacting the markets, Democrats see in the coronavirus a get-out-of-jail-free card as it pertains to the robust Trump economy. A strong economy is the best reelection insurance an incumbent can have, and Democrats know it.
So, they’re playing the coronavirus card for all it’s worth. And they’re doing it using their tired, shopworn playbook with help from the media.
By executive order, President Trump declared a moratorium on the issuance of U.S. entry visas to non-U.S. citizens who have been in China in the 14 days preceding their proposed entry into the United States.
With the predictability of the rain in Spain, Democrats and lefty talking heads cried racist. Joe Biden piped up:
This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia – hysterical xenophobia – and fearmongering to lead the way instead of science.”
But what about common sense, Joe? If you have a problem, and you know the source of that problem – in this case mainland China – doesn’t it make sense to limit your exposure to that source?
And who, besides Democrats like Joe Biden, says there’s no science behind the president’s order? Researchers at the University of Washington and Johns Hopkins University said in a statement,
Some of the evidence suggests that a travel ban may delay the arrival of an infectious disease by days or weeks.”
The statement goes on to say that in an interconnected world disease will eventually cross international borders. But delaying that crossing is nonetheless valuable. It provides time for public health officials and healthcare organizations to prepare. Do Democrats want coronavirus to begin sickening Americans more quickly?
The president appointed a coronavirus task force. MSNBC lost no time in questioning the task force members’ qualifications. CNN scolded the president for the task force’s “lack of diversity.”
One has to ask; before they reflexively offered criticism, did they bother to see who’s actually on the task force? Did they not look up Anthony Fauci, MD, a veteran of 35 years studying infectious disease? Do they not know that Robert Redfield, MD, the current head of the Centers for Disease Control, has more than 30 years’ experience with HIV/AIDS, another viral disease?
Did they miss the fact that Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD also holds a master’s degree in public health? Oh, and did they not notice that he’s black?
And if Dems and the media do, in fact, know all these things and are remaining critical anyway, is it impolite to ask them what better ideas they have and what better people they have waiting in the wings?
If they were asked, they’d almost certainly duck the question. That’s because the Dems and the media don’t really care how the coronavirus is dealt with or that it’s even dealt with at all – so long as its very existence offers the possibility of damaging Donald Trump.