A lot of people do not like President Donald Trump’s demeanor, his style of doing things, or even his tweets, but even his loudest critics admit he’s at his best when he goes on offensive. Over the last several weeks, the president has delivered a a real education in executing uncompromising political offense.
Trump has flushed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden from his basement and has succeeded in forcing some very cringe-worthy backpedaling by the former vice president such as defunding the police, the banning of fracking and others. Don’t forget that back in February, after Trump shut down travel to and from China, Joe Biden said the day before winning the South Carolina primary that Americans should not panic over the virus.
However, there may be still one key issue of the campaign that remains firmly in the Democrats’ favor in nearly every major poll, and that’s regarding how the president handled the Chinese pandemic virus (CV-19). The RealClearPolitics polling average has Trump upside down by 15 points on this subject.
That is an area where the president must flip current wisdom on its head, because this president has done more than any other president in the past when it comes to handling a pandemic, yet the Democrats, the leftists, and mainstream news media have been hammering him with gaslighting on the subject for quite some time. Instead of allowing them to continue to trash him, Trump should fully engage in an offensive mode that will definitively wipe out the lies and replace them with cold, hard facts.
Some key points:
- Took early action to cut off travel from China
- Built the world’s leading testing system from nothing
- Enacted mitigation measures to slow the spread
- Mobilized public and private sectors to secure needed supplies
- Took action to protect vulnerable Americans
- Launched effort to deliver a vaccine and therapeutics in record time
- Provided support to workers and businesses
- Paved way for reopening to get America working again
- Surged resources to hot spots as they arose
- Confronted China as origin of the virus while Democrats and media cowered
Joe Biden gave the president the opportunity about two and-a-half weeks ago when he said during an ABC News interview with David Muir that if the so-called “scientists” told him to shut down the country, “I would shut it down. I would listen to the scientists.”
Think about that for a minute. In late August, as parents and students are preparing themselves for the start of another school year, after having gone through draconian measures imposed on them and their freedoms since March, five months at that point, Biden declares he would completely shut down the country if scientists told him to do it. He didn’t waste a nanosecond to give his answer. By instinct, he said he would do it. Without any consideration at all, the Democratic nominee, with knee-jerk reflexes, said he would further destroy the lives of every American who has lost their businesses, their jobs, their way of life.
The American people were duped into thinking they were to be locked down for just two weeks to help stop the spread of the virus. Now, it’s six months later, and we still have lockdowns in most blue states even though the “science” has told us that lockdowns don’t work to contain the virus. They certainly work to make your life miserable, and the Democrats running those blue states are intentionally making you miserable so that you blame the president and vote accordingly. So, how sick is it then that Biden would go all in for the same plan Democrat governors have foisted on their residents to intentionally make their lives miserable? It makes zero sense, but then again, it is Joe Biden we’re talking about.
First it was two weeks to stop the spread of the virus. Then we had to “flatten the curve.” Time went by, and the science started telling us that the curve was flattening, but then we were told that we had to worry about a resurgence of the virus, so we had to remain in lockdown.
Then, the the hypocrisy came where we saw the very same Democrat leaders telling us that though we could stand in line each week to pay for our groceries at supermarkets, we should fear standing in line to vote. Supermarkets are safe. Polling places are not. We saw the same hypocrisy when after Democrats spent considerable political capital telling us we were not safe if we opened up our businesses, or we gathered at churches and synagogues, or even spent time in the open air at the beach, but protesting the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in the Democrat-run city of Minneapolis was just fine. Beaches, churches and businesses were dangerous places, but protesting among thousands of people with no social distancing and most not wearing masks was perfectly fine.
Americans are angry. They feel betrayed. And they were betrayed by a party that pushed to make their lives miserable. Think of the negative side effects that came from the lockdowns: depression, domestic violence, suicide, alcohol and drug addiction, death by not having necessary medical treatments performed due to fear from catching the virus. This doesn’t even mention the economic devastation handed to millions of Americans who lost their jobs and businesses.
Trump should hammer Biden with these facts against his lockdown statement during debates, that is if Biden actually does a single debate. The president should mention this issue every time he goes on TV to do an interview, during every rally, and in every campaign commercial to drive home the fact that while Joe Biden would lock you down indefinitely, President Trump wants you to have more freedom, he wants you children to go back to school, safely. While Biden emphatically says he will lock the entire country down, Trump wants the country to begin to go back to normal. And don’t forget that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are in full compliance with Biden’s totalitarian philosophy.
The cases of CV-19 are dropping dramatically, especially now as we find out that in many cases, whether done intentionally or not, false positives have been running in the thousands across the country. Also discovered is in many states deaths by things other than CV-19 were reported as CV-19 deaths just to increase the numbers.
TendMicro did a statistical analysis using cellphone data from Google (meaning, Android users) to track the movements of people and then cross-referenced that data against the cumulative number of reported Chinese virus cases in every state. Putting aside for a minute how utterly disturbing that invasion of privacy is (we’ll get into that sometime in a future story), their conclusion was not that lockdowns made the spread of CV-19 worse, but that locking down the country, destroying our economy, did nothing to contain the virus’ spread, while at the same time they concluded that reopening communities in cities and states did not unleash the Democrat notion that a second wave of positive cases.
Forgetting for a second how creepy that is, their conclusion was not that lockdowns made the unfold worse essentially, however that “locking down the economy didn’t contain the disease’s spread and reopening it didn’t unleash a second wave of infections.”
President Trump repeatedly throughout all of this said the cure cannot be worse than the disease. Thanks to Democrats, the Left, and their boot-licking sycophants in the Fake News media, over 100,000 small businesses will never reopen again.
The president has instinctually been on the right side of this since the very beginning when he banned travel to and from China, then Europe, then England to curb the spread, saving hundreds of thousands, or possibly even millions of lives. His instincts on the shutdowns were pretty spot on through every phase as well. Yet we had the collective Left trashing everything he did, while at the same time claiming Trump did nothing at all. The gaslighting on this will be written about in history books.
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Trump still has time to go on offense and make an impact on the lies that have been repeatedly told about his response to the pandemic. The American people deserve the truth.
Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and runs Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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