Is this guy for real? What kind of bizarro world does this he live in?!
President Biden’s former COVID Czar, Andy Slavitt — who stepped down last week — appeared on CBS This Morning to peddle his book about “leadership failures” during the pandemic.
Let’s hope he has several chapters devoted to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the other Democrat governors that followed his lead with disastrous nursing home orders that caused thousands of needless deaths and ramped up the spread of the virus among the most vulnerable segment of the population.
During the interview, Slavitt said that there were some technical mistakes with PPE and testing, but that there were also two preventable reasons that caused the pandemic to be as bad as it was. The first was what he called “political leadership mistakes.” He claims that the Trump White House “denied the virus” and was “squashing of dissent and playing on divisions.”
The second thing he said is that the American public just needed to “sacrifice a little bit more” for each other. He said that preventing the disease comes down to “not breathing near each other in large spaces.”
Biden’s Covid czar, @ASlavitt, says the pandemic wouldn’t have been as bad if Americans “had sacrificed a little bit” more.
Avoiding social interaction “requires a certain amount of sacrifice and change.” pic.twitter.com/H6fGFv5hLi
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) June 14, 2021
Alright, Andy. Let’s walk through those one at a time, shall we?
Let’s deal with the elephant in the room first — the claim that the public didn’t “sacrifice” enough.
First off, this little schmuck who lounged at home in his pajamas not missing a paycheck is sitting there hawking his stupid book and claiming that the Average Joe didn’t sacrifice enough?! Over 615,000 Americans have died because of this virus. We’ve lost almost a year and a half of our lives, children have had almost two years of their education stolen from them, jobs have been lost, businesses have been shut down, savings have dwindled, suicide and mental illness are up, and we couldn’t even see our loved ones, celebrate holidays, go to church, get married, rejoice in the birth of new babies, or even bury our dead. But we just need to buckle down and sacrifice more?!
It was supposed to be “15 Days to Slow The Spread” but it’s been over 450 days and some places aren’t even close to back to normal.
Lockdowns didn’t hurt Andy. He kept his paycheck, and it’s likely that his social calendar didn’t change much — after all, would you want to hang around with this yutz? But Andy here wants you to be under house arrest for as long as the “experts” tell you that you need to be locked down because of “variants.” Meanwhile, the “important people” go on about their business, get their hair done, celebrate the birthday of their lobbyist friends at a Michelin star-rated restaurant, and jet off to sunny destinations while lecturing you that you need to “sacrifice” just a bit more.
Give me a freaking break!
There’s only one thing to say to that…
Next, let’s examine the timeline and see where the Trump administration could have done better.
While most of the world was sitting around with their thumb in their butts, doctors appeared on cable news channels poo-pooing the idea that the virus would ever be a threat to the United States, and the WHO was running cover for the Chinese Communist Party, it appears that the Trump White House and the CDC were doing quite a bit behind the scenes.
Fall 2019 [date uncertain] — The coronavirus originates in China but the Chinese Communist Party covers up.
Nov. 17, 2019 — The Chinese government says that the first known patient with coronavirus was a 55-year old from Hubei province, however, this has not been confirmed as “Patient Zero.”
Dec. 2019 [date uncertain] — Doctors in China realize they’re dealing with a brand new “pneumonia-like” illness.
Jan. 3, 2020 — Center for Disease Control Director, Dr. Robert Redfield was notified by his counterpart in China of a “mysterious respiratory illness was spreading in Wuhan.”
Jan. 5, 2020 — The World Health Organization reported a “pneumonia of unknown cause” in Wuhan, China, but advised against travel or trade restrictions.
Jan. 6, 2020 — CDC issues travel notice to the city of Wuhan in Hubei province due to “pneumonia cluster.”
Jan. 11, 2020 — CDC updates the Level 1 travel health warning to Wuhan, China.
Jan. 14, 2020 — WHO tweets, “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China.”
Jan. 20, 2020 — China finally admits human to human transmission of the virus. It turns out that the CCP knew that on January 14 when the WHO sent the now-notorious tweet. State and local health departments in the United States, assisted by teams sent out by the CDC, start monitoring individuals who may have had contact with patients confirmed to have the Wuhan virus.
Jan. 21, 2020 — The first case of the coronavirus is identified in Washington state.
Jan. 25, 2020 — The U.S. government arranges a charter flight to evacuate U.S. diplomats, their families, and U.S. citizens.
Jan. 27, 2020 — The WHO assesses the global risk level for the coronavirus as “high.” In an update to the press, the CDC reports that 2400 travelers from Hubei had been screened and 110 were being monitored for possible infection. Of those, 5 had tested positive for the virus, and 32 tested negative.
Jan. 29, 2020 — Trump assembles and begins meetings of the Coronavirus Task Force.
Jan. 30, 2020 — First case of human-to-human transmission in the United States is confirmed in Chicago.
Jan. 31, 2020 — Trump declares public health emergency and restricts non-citizen travel into the U.S. from Wuhan.
Where could Trump have acted more quickly, Andy?
Remember, it was the end of February when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was out and about in Chinatown encouraging people to go to Chinatown.
That’s probably covered in Andy’s book, right?
Watch the full segment here:
Andy can take his garbage book and shove it — good and hard.