‘Coronavirus Fest’ is in full swing all day and night on the leading cable news networks and news sites. The airwaves are loaded with Democratic operatives and liberal journalists gleefully bashing President Donald Trump for the increasing tally of coronavirus illnesses and deaths.
They are happy to trumpet the daily death toll, even though the majority of victims contracted the illness overseas. Some media outlets are even inflating the number of deaths and confirmed cases to make the outbreak appear to be more widespread.
The U.S. death toll rose to 14 on Friday night after Florida health officials announced that two people had died from coronavirus. Both had recently traveled overseas. The deaths are the first ones reported on the East Coast. Eleven deaths have been reported in the state of Washington and one in California.
At least 253 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the U.S. but the numbers are minuscule compared to countries like Italy, which is now battling the biggest coronavirus outbreak in Europe. The death toll in Italy has risen to 197 while more than 4,600 cases have been confirmed. The global death toll has now surpassed 3,000 with more than 100,000 confirmed cases.
The blame for the U.S. government’s uncoordinated response to the outbreak rests largely with China, where the disease first began. Its secretive, totalitarian government failed to warn the public, and by extension the world community, about the threat of the coronavirus, especially in Wuhan, the city where it reportedly originated.
The government has concealed important details about the outbreak and the nature of the virus. This has stymied efforts of health officials around the world to understand the true nature of the deadly virus as they struggle to create a vaccine.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijianevn even suggested this week that the coronavirus did not come from China, claiming that no one yet knew for sure where it originated.
Official data released by Chinese officials Friday claimed that about a quarter of new confirmed cases of coronavirus and almost all of those outside the epidemic’s epicenter in Wuhan originated outside the country.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview with CNBC’s Squawk Box on Friday, “Remember, this is the Wuhan coronavirus that’s caused this, and the information that we got at the front end of this thing wasn’t perfect and has led us now to a place where much of the challenge we face today has put us behind the curve.”
“That’s not the way infectious disease doctors tell me it should work. It’s not the way America works with transparency and openness and the sharing of the information that needs to take place,” he said.
Panelists on HBO’s Real Time with host Bill Maher were ecstatic over the potential political fallout for the president during the “Overtime” segment of the show, expressing confidence that it would ruin his chances for re-election.
Rachel Bitecofer, Political Science Professor at Christopher Newport University, said, “You know, Trump is so screwed. “Right? Because it is totally going to f*ck the economy.”
“Everybody says that,” said Maher. “Every time something happens and he’s never screwed.”
“Oh no, no, no, he is definitely not helped by this,” said Bitecofer. “You can see that in his total panic. The one thing that he had was all that decadence — he had all these rich people who were able to say, well I’ve got my conservative judges who will one day redefine American citizenship so our minority population can hold on to power. And, I have money, right, from the stock market.”
“Well, my parents are living off retirement funds,” she said “They’ve lost 40 percent of their stock.”
MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace entertained a group of happy panelists on Friday while touting the spread of the virus as ‘Trump’s Katrina.’ She reminisced over the political fallout after Hurricane Katrina landed in 2005, killing almost 2,000 people, while she served in former president George W. Bush’s administration.
“But I was thinking about this in terms of politics,” said Eddie Glaude Jr., chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. “We talked about the business community finally not, kind of, sticking with Donald Trump … but this may be Donald Trump’s Katrina.”
“And if there’s any a moment that would shake that 40 percent, the folks that would allow him to shoot someone right down fifth — if there’s any a moment, it’s this one because it’s babies, it’s friends, it’s loved ones,” said Glaude Jr. “And so it seems to me that this is an event that could take down the president.”
Trump’s 2020 National Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, speaking to a Fox News panel after a rally in South Carolina last Sunday, criticized the media’s toxic coronavirus coverage.
“These people don’t recognize it. These are creatures of the swamp, these are leftists, these are people who live and exist in Manhattan and in the swamp and they never leave it,” she said. “And what is so sick to me is that what is good for America — rather, what is bad for America is good for Democrats. It’s incredible that they think this way,” said McEnany.
“They root against the stock market, they root for this to take hold. They have a demented dream of taking down President Trump, it doesn’t matter how many Americans they destroy in order to get there,” she concluded.