Trump Administration’s Strong Response To Pandemic

Written by Bill Thomas on April 2, 2020

Joe Scarborough of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program rolled out a standard left-wing lie about what they allege to be President Trump’s slow response to the coronavirus insinuating “everybody saw this coming. Everybody saw this coming in early January.”

Joe, though, is lying. While the virus was beginning in China, Joe and his colleagues were breathlessly covering the impeachment sham. Even when they did talk about it, they minimized what it might do.

Joe’s own show didn’t mention it until January 24th when he and Mika interviewed medical contributor Dave Campbell who asserted on that day, “We don’t need to be overly concerned, yet, in the United States, about the novel coronavirus. We do need to keep our eyes open for the seasonal flu.”

The Washington Post tweeted on February 1st, “Get a grippe, America. The flu is a much bigger threat than coronavirus, for now.” 

On January 29th, The New York Times ran an opinion piece under the title, “Beware the Pandemic Panic. Coronavirus is scary. How we respond to it may be worse.” 

President Trump’s January 31, 2020 announcement that banned travel from China into the United States was an early and effective move that made a difference. The media, though, doesn’t seem to get it.

CNN’s Jim Acosta, wanting to make the same point, pressed the president and Drs. Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci by asking “what would the models have looked like that Dr. Birx and Dr. Fauci showed us if we had started the social distancing guidelines sooner in February or January when China and South Korea were doing those sorts of things? … If we had started these practices sooner, could these models be different right now?” 

Dr. Fauci directly took on Acosta’s suggestion, replying, “I believe Jim, that we, we acted very, very early in that.”

What the media and many on the left fail to understand is how most of the country sees this pandemic and the administration’s response to it.

Many Americans understand the serious nature of the pandemic and the situation we’re in as a country. Most are willingly obeying the stay-at-home and social distancing policies. We understand why the government (federal, state and local) are doing this. At the same time, we appreciate the fact that the president speaks to us of the day when this virus will pass, and things will open up.  We get that it is hard, but we are encouraged that our leader is encouraging and speaking to us of a brighter future. The media and the left despise Trump’s optimism, but we are encouraged by it. We want to look ahead to brighter days. Sure, we get that it is bad now and will get even worse. However, to be reminded that we’re not stuck here forever is a great thing.

We are comforted by a leader who understands both sides of our problem. There is no doubt that we are in a medical crisis and face uncertainty. It is also true that we have shut down what was a growing and vibrant economy and people who never have any medical symptoms will suffer. Trump gets that. When we hear him talk about the need to get moving again, we don’t hear him disparaging the medical experts. We hear him saying he understands. He knows we need paychecks.  The stimulus is a start, but what’s really needed is for people to get back to work. The media lies and accuses the president of sacrificing the lives of thousands of Americans, but that’s just not true. He’s telling us he knows what a spot we’re in and is doing what he can to fix both sides of the crisis.

We’re encouraged by the incredible team Trump has put together and by his marshalling support in the private sector for the coronavirus fight. It is hard to watch the daily briefings and not be impressed by Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams has been stellar in this crisis. The daily briefings have been derided by some as “campaign rallies,” but they miss the point entirely. These briefings are incredibly informative, real and reassuring.  The fact that the president’s approval numbers have risen is evidence of that.

Many of us understand that this pandemic is real, and it has affected us. We look to leaders who see the big picture and can motivate and inspire us. The Trump administration, thus far, has done an exemplary job despite those who relentlessly attack it. It’s no surprise the administration is gaining in approval ratings. Look for that to continue while the left continues to misfire.

Bill Thomas
Bill Thomas lives in Washington, Missouri and is a professor at St. Louis Christian College. He's also on staff at First Christian Church in Washington, Missouri. He's authored two novellas, From the Ashes and The Sixty-First Minute published by White Feather Press of MI and three Bible studies, Surrounded by Grace, The Critical Questions and More and The Road to Victory published by CSS Publishing of OH.