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The liberal media may have temporarily won the battle to trash the stock market with this Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, but the Trump administration’s proactive response to this disease is winning the larger public relations battle. Polls show a majority of Americans now approve of how the president is handling the crisis.
The anti-Trump media cannot fight a two-front war. They’re not smart enough.
So, either way—Trump has won—again. And if this outbreak is contained—and God-willing that occurs soon—the economy should recover.
The media has done well in stirring up apocalyptic-laced reports about this disease, which while highly contagious, has not reached numbers as bad as the seasonal flu. It could if people don’t take the proper precautions, like engaging in social distancing.
The seasonal flu is bound to kill some 18-50,000 people this year, with another 32-49 million being infected. In 2009, the Swine Flu killed 12,000 and infected some 60 million. We can beat this virus—and the Trump White House has instituted new travel restrictions, pushed back tax filings to July 15, proposed a massive economic package to help struggling Americans and businesses, and continue to push to make tests more readily available to those who need them.
Medical supply production has also been an area of concentration with this administration. Even some of the president’s fiercest critics, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and California Gov. Gavin Newsom, have praised this administration for helping them curb this outbreak in their states that have been hit hard by this virus.
And yet, have you noticed there hasn’t been much from Democrats on this front. It didn’t dawn on me until two things happened. I read the Huffington Post (yes, you should read what the libs are digesting) and saw “#WhereisJoe” was trending on Twitter.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee, is nowhere to be found in the crisis. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ policies are insane, but at least he held some pressers on this matter, mostly to push for his Medicare for All proposal which would have done nothing to shield people from getting sick.
The Democrats are nowhere to be found on this. It’s been Republicans who have been quarterbacking the response on the Hill. HuffPo described their move on this matter as disastrous, as the GOP has taken the leadership role, despite Democrats controlling the House and the money for all this stuff.
Granted, the article does bash Trump for obvious reasons, but equally lays into Democrats (via HuffPo):
Trump does not have a monopoly on political malpractice. As the crisis has spread, Democratic Party leaders ? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden ? have either been missing in action or short on solutions.
Their silence has ? incredibly ? allowed a handful of arch-conservative Republicans to take public credit for advancing the popular, progressive idea of just sending every household a large check for the duration of the crisis.
Pelosi explicitly rejected that very idea in early talks among House Democrats, overruling pleas from Democratic economists. With Democratic leaders thinking small, a majority of the public now actually approves of Trump’s catastrophic pandemic management, according to a new poll.
The leader of one party has caused a national calamity, while the leaders of the other have nothing much to say.
And where is Biden? What, exactly, would Pelosi want to see happen?
What does the Democratic Party even stand for?
Democratic leaders pride themselves on getting things done. They extoll compromise as the highest of all political virtues and boast about reaching across the aisle ? even when the party across the aisle is run by wannabe authoritarians.
An endless parade of centrists vied for the 2020 Democratic nomination not by talking about ideas, but by talking about competence, leadership and other intangibles while warning that candidates that did talk about ideas were too dangerous and scary.
One of those centrists, Biden, has now all but sewn up the nomination — and made himself all but invisible as the worst economic and public health crisis in generations has blossomed.
Concerning Joe, that is a good question. It’s a fair criticism and one that will surely be brought up in the debates between Trump and Biden in the fall.
Biden might very well think he’s running for the U.S. Senate and forgot he’s running for president. I don’t know. But we could be seeing some liberal reporters seething with an extra layer of rage at Democrats for letting a prime opportunity to deliver a potential death blow slip away.
Even in pandemics, political games have to happen.
For now, Trump is winning. He’s working hard to keep this country safe, healthy, and ready to go when this thing breaks, and it will in due time. Just follow the regulations on social distancing, personal hygiene, and just being smart about what you touch. Wash those hands. Be mindful of the elderly. Two weeks of not going to the bars isn’t going to kill you.
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Author: Frances Rice