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Did impeachment impact on Covid-19?

Did impeachment impact on Covid-19?

Democrats and their media cronies are working overtime to sell the narrative that President Trump did not pay sufficient early attention to the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus in Wuhan, China.  They now use some of his January and February comments – out of context, by the way – to establish their prosecutorial case.

To support their political narrative, they repeatedly play clips of Trump.  They DO NOT, however, play the clips of the much-respected Dr. Anthony Fauci saying the very same things at the very same times.  The leading and most trusted expert in America – according to the press – said that America had nothing to fear from what was happening in China.

The press did not adequately report that Trump cut off all but essential travel from China (you cannot stop Americans from coming home) – and that Fauci said the action was instrumental in saving thousands of lives.  They also did not report that Democrats blasted the action by the President as unnecessary, xenophobic and racist.

But there was something else going on at the time that is now receiving very little attention – actually none.  It is something that actually drowned-out virtually all the Covid-19 coverage.

In December of 2019 – when Covid-19 was appearing on the streets of Wuhan – House Democrats – under the leadership of Speaker Nancy Pelosi – were impeaching Trump in what was the most partisan and the only crimeless impeachment in American history.  They were tying up the Congress, the White House and the national media with a political drama that had no hope of removing the President from office.

In an act of astounding political crassness, Pelosi even held up sending the Articles of Impeachment over to the Senate so as to drag out the drama solely for perceived political benefit.  So, just as the early warnings over Covid-19 appeared on the horizon, Pelosi and her congressional stooges – House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff and House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler – were drawing public attention away from Covid-19 and hoping to decapitate the Executive Branch in the midst of a potential crisis.

Because of them, the nation had to needlessly endure a useless and irrelevant Senate trial for weeks as the Covid-19 was starting to reach epidemic proportions around the world.

More importantly, they diverted the attention of the White House from almost all matters not directly related to the impeachment and trial narrative.  While there has been a lot of contemporary reporting on the historic advance of Covid-19, there was virtually no reporting at the time.  Clearly, the media had been the customer to the Democrat’s political lap dance.

It was not until February 5 that the Senate voted to acquit – and ended the Democrats’ political circus.  At that point – thanks to Pelosi, Schiff and Nadler (and the media) – very few people even knew about the Covid-19 virus attacking the world – and certainly not of the potential danger to America.

While it cannot be measured empirically, it can safely be said that the baseless impeachment events took critical attention away from Covid-19 – and most surely, that distraction played a negative role in addressing what was soon to be a pandemic.  It at least partially explains why the United States seems to be among the hardest hit nations.

Our civil house was already on fire, but instead of sounding the alarm, the Democrats were playing political games.  Not only did Democrats not sound the alarm, but the ensnarement of the White House and the myopic attention of the press prevented anyone else from sounding a timely alarm.

If America was hit worse than it should have been, the Democrats are not without culpability.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

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  1. Sue Lamberson

    well said and YES it did

  2. Mike

    First off, you are dead wrong on impeachment, anyone with half a brain knows that the President was asking for a favor from Ukraine and holding up funds to encourage them to do his bidding. Romney is the only republican with backbone enough to vote his conscience. As to whether it was worth the effort, knowing that republicans are spineless and the administration blocked most potentially incriminating testimony, that is up for debate. So let’s move onto the virus, where you had folks asking for more money in early February to acquire supplies, they were rebuffed. Fauci’s words, you left out the critical “at this time” in your quotes, he never said it would go away or would never affect the US. As for banning travelers from China, clearly that had little affect on the outcome, it may have provided some additional time to prepare, but that time was wasted. We already had the infection spreading here, and the fact that we are the world leader in cases and deaths due to the virus at this time only proves what a disaster the response by this regime has been. So there tis…

    • Tit Tat

      Mike – another entirely braindead response. Thanks for showing us how empty you are.

      • Mike

        But not quite as brain dead as someone who calls names, but has zero facts to back their comments up. Sorry Tit Tat, you have had too much kool aid and can no longer think for yourself…

  3. Joe S Bruder

    From the “liberal” press:

    “Sunday is now finished, at least on the east coast, which means we can finally tally up the day that Donald Trump had on Twitter. Various people have gone back and counted up Trump’s tweets for the day, and it turns out he posted 125 of them in total on Sunday.

    That’s right, one hundred and twenty-five tweets. That’s one tweet, every seven and a half minutes on average, for an entire day. And Donald Trump isn’t some pundit whose job is to tweet all day; he’s the President of the United States, so he’s definitely not doing his job when he’s tweeting all day.

    What’s worse, Donald Trump’s tweets were some of his worst yet. Too many deranged tweets about President Obama to count. Too many incoherent threats to even try to interpret. Something about blackmailing Robert de Niro and Madonna. Something about a Seinfeld character. And then, for no apparent reason, a video of an old guy struggling to cross the street.

    We don’t have a President of the United States. We have a buffoon. A deranged, unhinged, half senile, fully unfit buffoon. Eighty thousand Americans and counting have died as a result of his buffoonery. This is just embarrassing.”

    If you really want to know why Trump is failing in his management of the pandemic crisis, watch this video:

    It shows Trump downplaying the virus and lauding his own efforts even up to the point where 50,000 people are dead from the virus. And this is all well after he took his “victory lab” because the Republicans were never going to convict him of anything. And now, it’s over 81,000, only a week or so later.

    The point is, Trump spends his time bragging about his own (non-)accomplishments and attacking anyone and everyone, that he doesn’t think that it would be easier just to do his damned job. And people wouldn’t die. He’s pressuring states to re-open because his only claim to fame before COVID was the economy. Now that’s in the shitter too.

    Fortunately, he doesn’t stand a chance in hell of getting elected in November. If he and Pence don’t die of COVID and make Pelosi President, Biden will clean up his mess, much like Obama had to clean up after “Alfred E Newmann” Bush.

    • Joe Gilbertson

      So Donald Trump is the most transparent President ever. How’s that working out for you? As opposed to Obama who said he would be transparent and then lied and kept his corruption secret his whole term in office.

      Did you expect Trump to jump up and down and tell everyone to panic? He was working behind the scenes to prepare for it, and, indeed stopped travel from China and Europe, but in January and February there was little in the way of outbreak as far as we knew and it could easily have gone away (had we had the real truth from China…). That fact is that Trump handled the pandemic very well and saved close to two million lives by his quick actions.

      And no, sorry, Trump will have four more years to continue making America greater and greater.

  4. Mike

    Joe, your nose is getting longer and longer. Donald Trump transparent?? Nobody who muzzles his team, fires whistleblowers, inspector general’s, etc. can be called transparent. That is called stifling dissent and is usually considered the opposite of “transparency”.