President Donald Trump’s Resistance media enemies fervently believe the coronavirus crisis is the answer to their prayers.
Who could have foreseen a pandemic engulfing his administration in disease, death and a crumbling economy with no end to the carnage in sight?
They hope the outbreak will accomplish for them what impeachment and a litany of criminal investigations failed to do — destroy the Trump presidency and pave the way for the return of Democrats to office.
The media are having a field day with stories of human suffering. The images of death are jarring and raw, inducing fear throughout the country.
On Thursday evening the United States earned the unfortunate distinction of having the most coronavirus cases of any country in the world, surpassing Italy and China. The number of confirmed cases has risen to 86,105 and the death toll has hit 1,314.
The media are also becoming increasingly combative with administration officials in an effort to discredit their hard work, guidance and leadership, but their number one target continues be the president.
CNN’s Brianna Keilar became unhinged during a Thursday interview with White House trade adviser Peter Navarro when he had the gall to say, “We all as a country got dealt a bad hand by China.” The virus originated in the Chinese province of Wuhan and the government deliberately obscured critical details about the outbreak from world health officials.
“Uh, Peter! That is just a waste of time to say that,” said Keilar. “I’m going to leave it there Peter Navarro.” The overwrought host cut him off and ended the segment saying “that’s just ridiculous.”
Her on-air meltdown may have been triggered by the total futility of the media’s ongoing effort to upstage the president and hurt him politically. Ratings for his daily White House press briefings are at historic heights, to their chagrin, prompting some networks like CNN to quit broadcasting some, or all of the live coverage.
‘CNN analyst’ and Democratic operative Joe Lockhart even attacked esteemed White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Deborah Birx on Thursday. He tweeted that she ‘drunk the Kool Aid’ after she urged the public not to panic over doomsday predictions and projections about the pandemic.
Notorious Trump critic Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large, conceded in a Wednesday article, “Here’s an indisputable fact: President Donald Trump is as popular today as he has been since his first day in office.”
The outbreak is having a devastating effect on Trump’s presumed 2020 opponent, former vice president Joe Biden, who’s online campaign from his home bunker is being drowned out by coverage of the epidemic. He simply can’t compete with Trump’s coronavirus bully pulpit.
In another spectacularly off-message media appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday night, Biden told host Jimmy Kimmel he only wears a Philadelphia Phillies hat as “the way to be able to sleep with my wife.”
The media must also be downright frustrated after the president scored his best approval ratings in three years in a slew of recent polls from ABC, CBS and Gallup, hovering just under 50 per cent.
The latest poll by the Pew Research Center shows 45% of U.S. adults approve of the president’s job performance, his best showing in the poll since the first few months after his inauguration.
Even though 52% disapprove of the job he is doing, his approval rating has increased by 5 percentage points since January during the impeachment trial.
Among women his poll numbers jumped 7 points to 44% from 37% in January. His approval among Black adults rose 10 points to 18% from 8%; and among Hispanic adults it rose 10 points to 37% from 27%.
Idiotic outbursts from political hacks and grandstanding journalists have become virtually irrelevant. Americans are searching for hope, life-saving medical guidance and reassurance to survive this unprecedented worldwide health crisis. They know they can’t count on the media carnival barkers to act like grownups.