Sen. Doug Jones misleads on Trump administration’s coronavirus response
It should come as no surprise that the media and their Democrats are blaming President Donald Trump and his administration for the COVID-19 virus.
Call it predictable, call it politics, call it sad, but at the end of the day, call it wrong.
When U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) took part in what should have been a non-partisan conference call with the Alabama Department of Public Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris, he took the time to call out the Trump administration for its lack of action early on in the pandemic.
After blaming the actual people responsible for this pandemic, China and the World Health Organization, Jones said, “I’ve been disappointed in the administration and their early responses.” He added the president and his team had a “cavalier attitudes.”
Too bad he’s wrong.
And truthfully, it’s not even an original thought as former comedienne Sarah Silverman beat him to it by two days.
Trump knew about it January, called it a democratic hoax, and didn’t do shit until March. But he’s perfect, right? Not to mention despite myriad warnings one was coming, cut the entire pandemic response budget in 2018. He’s responsible for nothing. Literally. https://t.co/00O09jzWLy
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) May 28, 2020
In response to Silverman, the Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra took her apart with a timeline that tells a different story.
January 3: Tried to get CDC into China (numerous attempts made/China never allowed)
January 6: Began issuing travel notices (issued multiple)
January 7: Created issue management system
Janurary 17: Began screenings at airports
January 20: Announces work on development of a vaccine
January 21: Activated its emergency operations center to provide ongoing support to the coronavirus response
January 23: Sought a “special emergency authorization” from FDA to allow states to use its newly developed coronavirus test
January 23: China finally quarantines Wuhan, had lied to the world for weeks about what was going on and how contagious the virus was and deadly
January 29: Creates Coronavirus Task Force
January 31: Bans travel from China / Declares public health emergency / suspends entry from foreigners who pose risk of transmitting coronavirus
February 2: CDC expands screenings at airports
February 5: Briefs lawmakers about pandemic
February 6: CDC ships tests
February 9: Briefs governors about pandemic
February 11: Expands efforts with private sector to expedite vaccine
February 14: Partners with local labs to conduct influenza surveillance to see if alarms are going off
February 24: Writes Congress asking for billions to combat coronavirus
February 29: Bans travel from South Korea / Iran
March 3: Donates entire quarter’s salary to fighting coronavirus
March 4: Announces massive buy in N95 masks (which Obama-Biden admin depleted and never replaced)
March 6: Signs $8.3 billion to combat coronavirus
March 11: Bans travel from Europe/made numerous moves to lower interest rates
March 13: Declares national emergency, freeing up $42 billion.
Over 100,000 Americans are dead, but Jones has to play politics because his job depends on it.
I don’t blame Jones. He’s mostly echoing the talking points of his party, their true leaders like Silverman, and rightly expecting very little actual push-back.
His only hope of hanging on to his job is pleasing the people who fund his campaign and hoping they will keep dumping their money into his account from New York, California and Washington, D.C. He can only do that by blasting Trump, whether he needs it or not.
But President Trump listened to his health officials and our current trajectory is far below the early projections of 2.2 million dead. This is a success.
Monday morning quarterbacking might make Jones and his handlers feel better, but if he is going to do it, he needs to be accurate.
On this front, he fails miserably. And he looks like another politician who doesn’t know what he is talking about.