President Donald Trump just trolled MSNBC host Rachel Maddow with a video clip of her claiming a Navy hospital ship would not be arriving in New York to aid in the coronavirus fight.
The clip featured a buzzer sound every time Maddow said something which ultimately turned out to be bogus.
The liberal MSNBC host told viewers on March 20th that the USNS Comfort would not be helping anywhere in the country “for weeks.
The Comfort arrived in New York Harbor just 10 days later.
Accused Trump of Lying
Maddow told viewers that the President’s claim any such ship would be docking in New York is “nonsense.”
It’s unclear where she was getting her information or if she just wanted to delve into conspiracy theories for the sake of making Trump look bad.
“There is no sign that the Navy hospital ships that the president made such a big deal of, the Comfort and the Mercy, there is no sign that they’ll be anywhere on-site, helping out anywhere in the country, for weeks yet,”she argued.
Lies and Conspiracies
Cue the buzzer for that one. Then cue it again …
“The president said, when he announced that those ships would be put into action against the COVID-19 epidemic, he said one of those ships would be operational in New York harbor by next week,”Maddow claimed. “That’s nonsense, it will not be there next week.”
Hope and Solidarity
The USNS Comfort actually arrived in New York Harbor on Monday three weeks ahead of schedule, where it is set to treat non-COVID-19 patients as a means to help relieve the city’s hospital capacity.
“This great ship behind me is a 70,000-ton message of hope and solidarity to the incredible people of New York –a place I know very well, a place I love,”the President said when seeing it off on its journey.
“We’re here for you, we’re fighting for you, and we are with you all the way, and we always will be,”he told New Yorkers.
NY Officials Thank the President
Officials in New York had a generally positive reaction to President Trump’s efforts in bringing the ship to their shore.
“If there is ever a time that we need to work together, it is today,”Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “The president is right –this is a war, and what does this nation do when it’s at war? It comes together and it acts as one.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose downplaying of the severity of the crisis for weeks led to his city being the epicenter of the pandemic in America, thanked Trump.
“My message to the president is, thank you, and we need more help,”he told reporters.
Oh, and that other ship that Maddow said wasn’t coming to aid anybody, anywhere for weeks?
Rep. Maxine Waters accused President Trump of ignoring early coronavirus warnings and suggested he’s“gotten away with a lot of lying.”
The fact that the first part of that sentence is a complete lie is an irony that apparently escapes the California Democrat.
“The early notifications I’m told were ignored,”Waters said during a weekend interview with MSNBC.
Accuses Trump of Lying
Waters then accused the President of lying regarding his implementation of the Defense Production Act.
“I know that the president has gotten away with a lot of lying about what is going to happen with the Defense Act, and he said that he was going to, first of all, invoke it. He did not,”she claimed.
“He waited until the heat was on him, and then he lied on some of the big businesses that he said he had an agreement with that he really didn’t have.”
These are the same people who couldn’t stomach the thought of the President invoking various war powers acts for the last three years, now demanding he does just that.
Trump invoked the Defense Production Act on Friday, compelling General Motors to start making ventilators.
Shut His Mouth
Waters’comments are in line with those she made weeks ago when she called the President of the United States a “liar”and suggested he should shut his mouth on the coronavirus crisis.
“It’s been said over and over again that you cannot trust this president. Not only is he a liar, he does not believe in anything scientific,”she claimed without evidence. “So the President of the United States cannot be relied upon. Someone said he needs to be quiet, he needs to shut his mouth.”
First, she says he needs to keep his mouth shut, then complains that he hasn’t said or done enough.
Maxine Is Lying
It’s never a good idea to accuse somebody of lying while simultaneously doing the same thing.
As we’ve noted, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has repeatedly credited President Trump with saving countless lives through swift action at the very beginning.
Travel restrictions implemented by the administration in late January helped limit the spread of the virus.
What were Waters and her fellow Democrats focused on at that time? The impeachment sham.
Aside from that, she also blamed President Trump for a lack of respirators.
The reality, however, is that it was the Obama-Biden administration that failed to replenish those supplies.
In 2009, the H1N1 swine flu pandemic triggered a massive deployment of respirators and masks.
But the Obama administration never set about replenishing the stockpile, despite warnings from multiple experts and a 2010 report funded by the federal government recommending the repository of masks be restocked for a future pandemic.
“In hindsight, it appears to be shortsighted,”said the senior director of public health preparedness for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.
The Obama administration never replenished stocks of N95 respirator masks after the 2009 H1N1 outbreak, leading to the current shortage.
Obama is to Blame for the Shortage!
President Trump has come under fire by Democrats and leftists for supposedly not preparing the country for the coronavirus outbreak.
“Our hospitals are out of gloves, masks, gowns, respirators, protective shoe coverings and basic supplies,”Representative Maxine Waters tweeted on Sunday. “What the hell more is Trump waiting for? Hey stupid, this is the worst case scenario.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden put the blame squarely on the President for supposedly “eliminating”the White House National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense that the Obama administration set up “to prepare for future pandemics like COVID-19,”with no effect to the biodefense staff.
In response, the President has pointed out that he “inherited”an underprepared system, and it looks like he’s right. highlighted reports from the and , which attempted to criticise the President, but buried an important piece of information about the mask shortages. It turns out that the Obama administration is at fault for the current lack of N95 masks, not President Trump.
The Mainstream Media Want to Hide the Truth from You
After 100 million masks were used in the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, the Obama administration was strongly recommended to replete the masks, but the advice was not heeded. Charles Johnson, president of the International Safety Equipment Association, said that“our association is unaware of any major effort to restore the stockpile to cover that drawdown.”The outbreak “caused a 2- to 3-year backlog orders for the N95 variety,”Bloomberg News noted, adding that “the stockpile distributed about three-quarters of its inventory and didn’t build back the supply.”
In neither story did these supposed journalists link the Obama administration to the shortage of masks at all, but repeatedly bashed the President for his current handling of the coronavirus pandemic. You can expect nothing less from the mainstream media–they want to keep you ignorant of the truth.
In mid-March, as America became the nation with the most cases of the coronavirus (if you trust the Chinese statistics), Trump declared himself “a wartime president,”fighting “an invisible enemy,”which he described as the most dangerous enemy of all. But anyone paying attention to the political battlefield recently knows that there are actually two wars engulfing the country, posing dire threats to its future.
The second – visible – war was launched four years earlier by Democrats and their deep state allies to prevent Trump from being elected, then to sabotage his presidency through a vaunted “resistance,”and finally to remove him from office through several failed partisan impeachment attempts.
The first principal of psychological warfare is to attack the moral character and credibility of the adversary’s commander-in-chief. If their leader is convincingly portrayed as being driven by ulterior motives, which have nothing to do with the common good or winning the war, or worse as being a compulsive liar, he is effectively crippled in the task of mobilizing a united front in the war. Most people understand this, which is why there are so many calls for “unity”and working together in America’s current war with the invisible enemy.
Dealing with a viral epidemic is a complex matter for any leader. It requires a balancing act between reassurance and caution. Avoiding panic is one priority; sounding sufficient alarm so that potential targets will take precautions is another; and the two can obviously be in conflict. That’s why in wartime if the nation’s leader mis-speaks, or makes mistakes in assessing the battlefield, his countrymen who are dependent for their survival on his leadership normally rally around him, and hope he will do better. The last thing they do is exaggerate his errors, and do everything in their power to undermine his effectiveness as their leader.
Not so with Trump. The visible war to destroy his presidency by destroying the man has continued unabated throughout this crisis. Trump’s first action against the invisible enemy was his decision in January to ban all travel from China, the epicenter of the contagion. This life-saving move was immediately denounced by his chief political rival, former vice-president Joe Biden: “This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia, hysterical xenophobia,…and fearmongering.”
Biden’s first presidential campaign ad followed in March, featuring this message: “Crisis comes to every presidency. We don’t blame them for that. What matters is how they handle it. Donald Trump didn’t create the coronavirus, but he is the one who called it a ‘hoax,’who eliminated the pandemic response team, and who let the virus spread unchecked across America. He should stop talking and start listening to the medical experts.”This was Biden’s response to the fact that Trump had shut down travel from China, declared a state of emergency held daily hour-and-a-half briefings at the White House flanked by his scientific team to reassure, caution and guide the public in dealing with the virus and its spread. Every claim Biden made, moreover, was demonstrably false. Trump did not call the virus a “hoax”; he called the campaign to discredit him during the crisis a continuation of the“Russia hoax.”He did not eliminate the pandemic response team; and his chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci is on the record saying that whenever he and the president have disagreed on a matter affecting the virus, the president deferred to the doctor.
When infections reached 100,000 making America the nation with the most cases in the world (assuming one could trust the numbers coming out of China), Trump’s political rival Hillary Clinton tweeted: “He did promise ‘America First.’”
This was a reference to the slogan Trump used to defeat her in the 2016 election –it was, he had said, time to put America First. In using the phrase in this context, Hillary not only mocked the American victims of the virus but insinuated that Trump was responsible for the epidemic. She also denigrated Trump’s remarkably successful effort to revive America’s economy, restore its military, secure its borders, boost the nation’s confidence, and provide a leadership that put the safety and prosperity of Americans first.
In case anyone was uncertain of the priorities of Democrat leaders as to which war and which enemy was of primary importance, Nancy Pelosi was there to remind them. In a Sunday interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on March 29, she accused the president of being responsible for the crisis. “His denial at the beginning was deadly. His delaying of getting equipment to where it is needed is deadly….When did the president know about this, and what did he know?….That’s for an after-action review.”Quoting the key question in the Nixon impeachment inquiry was a not so subtle warning of what a new impeachment inquiry would look like if Democrats retained control of the House the following November.
Like Biden’s, Pelosi’s slanders had no basis in fact. The lack of masks, for example, was the result of the Obama administration’s failure to replenish the nation’s stockpile, which he and Biden had used up t during the H1N1 epidemic and failed to replace. The claim that Trump was in denial at the beginning of the crisis is belied by his swift ban on travel to China and the distortion of his remark that the Democrats’attacks on him –not the virus –were an updated version of the Russia hoax.
A more pertinent question was what were Pelosi and the Democrats focused on as the virus spread from China outward and then to America in December and January 2018. Answer: led by Pelosi, Democrats were entirely focused on impeaching Trump on a partisan basis, and causing the entire nation to focus on that objective as well.
Here’s the timeline:
On December 18, the Democrats in the House impeached the president without a single Republican vote. During the process the House prosecutors defended the unprecedented speed with which they drove the process as a matter of “national security”alleging that Trump had tried to rig the elections once and would likely do so again. For the same reason, Rep. Adam Schiff who was running the prosecution said the 130 million voters scheduled to cast their ballots in the coming elections could not be trusted to decide the president’s fate, which was better kept in the hands of Schiff and the 232 Democrats in the House.
Then, in an unexpected move, Pelosi refused to send the impeachment articles to the Senate for trial. A month later, she changed her mind, sending them on January 15. This was only four days after China’s state media reported the first death from the virus in Wuhan. Five days later the first U.S. case occurred in a man who had traveled to the infected city. On January 23, the Chinese government sealed off Wuhan to stop the virus’spread, even as the House prosecutors opened their case for the removal of President Trump.
On January 30, the World Health Organization declared a “global health emergency”because of the dangers posed by the virus. The next day Trump declared a state of emergency and imposed a ban on travel from China, which Democrats opposed as “racist”and “anti-immigrant.”
Five days later, Trump delivered his State of the Union message to a joint session of Congress. In it he said, “Protecting Americans’ health also means fighting infectious diseases. We are coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the Coronavirus outbreak in China. My Administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.”When Trump’s remarks were over, Speaker Pelosi, who was standing on the podium behind him, tore up the official copy of his speech in front the television cameras, as a gesture of protest and contempt.
The next day the Senate voted to acquit Trump. It was only then that Pelosi’s party finally took up the subject of the virus in the House Foreign Affairs sub-committee on Asia.
Perhaps the most troubling aspect of the war on Trump –a war that for most Democrats takes precedence over the war on the virus, is how it shapes the attitudes of the media elites who should know better and who in other circumstances would have been critics not allies of self-absorbed, ethics-free Machiavellians like Nancy Pelosi.
Andrew Sullivan is a talented and nuanced writer, who has written sharp and valuable critiques of the ideological left. But when it comes to Trump, Sullivan’s usually astute judgment succumbs to calamitous outbreaks of Trump Derangement Syndrome. In a recent cleverly titled article “Trapped in Trump’s Blind Spot,”Sullivan dismisses Trump’s attempt to find light at the end of the tunnel before the measures to contain the virus kill the economy and leave millions of Americans without jobs to go back to. There were reasons to question Trump’s timetable –he originally proposed Easter Sunday as the day the nation would come back to life. But he has already adjusted the deadline by a month, and it is hard to fault his intention in providing a stricken nation with a ray of hope.
But Sullivan will have none of this. To him, Trump is an egomaniacal menace with no interest in the public good or in anything but himself. The nation is trapped because the Democrats’three-year seditious effort to overthrow him failed. Therefore, since he is still the president, “given the crisis, we have only one option. We need to listen to the experts, rely on governors, trust in Drs. Fauci and Birx, and do our bit. But we also have a more urgent patriotic task: to ignore this president until we can eventually rid ourselves of him. This is too grave a crisis to give him the respect he doesn’t deserve.”(Emphasis added).
In other words, no support for the nation’s leader in his fight against the invisible enemy that has laid the nation low. To Sullivan, Trump’s determination to defeat the virus and revive the economy is “explained entirely by Trump’s reliably rock-solid instinct to preserve himself and his own perceived interests over any kind of rational assessment of the public good, or any measure of internal consistency or coherence.”
This is the typical giveaway that shows we are dealing with an irrational tic rather than a credible analysis. It’s a giveaway because it is refuted by facts so obvious that everyone not so deranged can see them. One would never know from this arrogant dismissal, for example, that while Obama and Clinton made themselves multi-millionaires by exploiting the high offices with which they were entrusted, Donald Trump is the only American president who has donated his entire $400,000 annual salary to the public good, or that he had just given $100,000 –his first quarter paycheck – to the federal government to fight the corona virus decimating his countrymen.
To reduce Trump to such a repulsive caricature one has to ignore how he has dedicated himself against all odds –and opposition across the spectrum – to reshaping America’s trade deals in order to end the fleecing of his fellow citizens to the tune of trillions of dollars over three presidencies. The fleecing was done by foreign powers who took advantage of the laziness of previous presidents both Democrat and Republican who didn’t care enough to make those deals fair for the citizens they were supposed to serve. Truth be told, as a politician dedicated to the public good, Trump has few if any modern presidential rivals.
Ana Navarro is a pundit for CNN, ABC and other anti-Trump channels. Shocked by the fact that one poll was reporting that 51% of Americans approved of Trump’s handling of the corona virus, while only 45% disapproved, Navarro wrote: “Who are these 51% of Americans who approve of the way this lying, narcissistic, science-denying, petty, partisan, infantile, intellectual wasteland, lame excuse for a President with the vocabulary of a 4 year-old (apologies to 4 year-olds), is mishandling this crisis?”
This was far more typical of media anti-Trumpers. These attitudes led to widespread calls from Democrats like Joe Biden for the president to just “shut up”as a way of helping the fight against the virus. The consensus among the anti-Trump media was that the hour-and-a-half daily press conferences held by Trump and his scientific team were Trump substitutes for the political rallies he could no longer hold because of the nation’s lockdown, and should be terminated for that reason. On the other hand, when the Democrat governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo held similar hour-long pressers about the virus, the response of the CNN-MSNBC-NY Times-Washington Post anti-Trump media was that the virus had caused the unlikely rise of a new “political hero”and would be a contender to replace the inadequate Biden as the party’s 2020 nominee.
Few things could be more telling in revealing the agenda that the anti-Trump Democrats considered more important, or the war that was closest to their hearts. As for the damage they inflicted on a stricken nation by their sabotage of its duly elected leader, that toll was still being counted.
by: Lloyd Billingsley
“America will soon be open for business,” president Trump said in his Monday press conference. The nation was not going to “let the cure be worse than the problem,” so Congress needed to “stop playing games,” and pass the coronavirus response bill now in the Senate.
On Saturday, the president said it could be a done deal. On Sunday, Senate minority leader Charles Schumer announced that Democrats wanted to move forward with bipartisan agreement, but as it turned out they didn’t.
Schumer called the package “a large corporate bailout provision with no protections for workers and virtually no oversight.” Failed presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, still in the Senate despite decades of fraudulently claiming to be Cherokee, explained, “. This is a Republican proposal.”
Also on Sunday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned that she may not support the stimulus bill, which has grown to approximately $2 trillion. Pelosi said there was no agreement and the House would introduce its own bill.
Senate majority leader that Pelosi was “the speaker of the House, not the speaker of the Senate,” and until her intervention the process was moving forward. The vote came in 47-47, 13 short of the 60 votes Republicans needed.
“The American people are hurting, the clock is ticking,” said North Dakota Republican Kevin Cramer said in a statement. “ My colleagues on the other side of the aisle should worry more about getting relief to their constituents and less about the House Speaker’s partisan wish list.”
If Republicans were not able to act on Monday, said McConnell, “it will be because of our colleagues on the other side continuing to dicker when the country expects us to come together and address the problem.”
On Monday the vote came in 49-46, with McConnell accusing the Democrats of “mindless obstruction,” with a longer list of demands. The new collective bargaining powers for unions, stricter emissions standards for airlines, automatic extension of nonimmigrant visas, a ban on colleges from providing citizenship information, and a return of the “Obamaphone” giveaway program. And so on.
For her part, Nancy Pelosi charged that Senate Republicans’ bill “puts corporations first, not workers and families.”According to her statement on Monday, House Democrats would “unveil a bill that takes responsibility for the health, wages and well-being of America’s workers: the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act.”
Pelosi and Schumer, responded Tom Cotton, Arkansas Republican, “are willing to risk your life, your job, your retirement savings for your job, for a radical, left-wing wish list that has nothing to do with this virus.” For Maine Republican Susan Collins, Democrats’ efforts to delay were “disgraceful.” As Democrats stall the package, Republicans Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Mitt Romney, Rick Scott and Cory Gardner are in quarantine.
Also on Monday, Democrat presidential frontrunner from a studio set up in his home. “Trump keeps saying he is a wartime president, well, start to act like one,” the former vice president said. “Donald Trump is not to blame for the coronavirus, but he does bear responsibility for our response.” For Biden, President Trump and Mitch McConnell were “offering a plan to let big corporations off the hook.”
Democrats have been predicting an imminent economic crisis from virtually the moment Trump was elected,”observed former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik. “Now, as the novel coronavirus sows panic in the markets, the president’s opponents are hoping they’ve finally found a way to hamstring the strong and growing American economy.” The Democrats, Kerik wrote, are not willing to “.”
Biden, Schumer and Pelosi aside, the first Democrat to deploy coronavirus against President Trump was Denver city councilwoman Candi CdeBaca (sic) a member of Democratic Socialists of America. As , “I don’t believe that our current economic system actually works. Capitalism, by design, is extractive, and in order to generate profit in a capitalist system, something has to be exploited.”
The Denver socialist had been told that Cuba was “this evil, uncivilized place because it was communist.” But on her trip, “I saw that this was one of the most educated populations in the world. This was an entire country that really rests on the weekends, because they don’t believe in rampant consumerism.”
During the last week of February , “For the record, if I do get the coronavirus I’m attending every MAGA rally I can.” With that brand of hostility on display, Democrat efforts to delay the coronavirus response bill come as no surprise.
“This is a medical problem, and we will not let it become a financial problem,” President Trump said Monday. “Our country will be stronger than ever before.”
A deal on the stimulus package, the president said, was “fairly close, but we’ll have to see what happens.”
The peace and prosperity of President Trump’s first term in office was his biggest reelection asset, but also the greatest roadblock to his agenda. A strong economy and a lack of major domestic threats lulled much of the country into a false sense of security. These golden years, in sharp contrast to the economic malaise and regular terror attacks of the Obama era, made it hard for many to feel a sense of urgency.
The border crisis was remote for most people. As were the continuing deaths in Afghanistan.
The media’s torrent of smears and hit jobs, the sabotage of the administration by the bureaucracy, and a Democrat House bent on impeachment, made D.C. politics into the single greatest national crisis.
And that was exactly how they wanted it.
The Democrats didn’t really think that they could impeach President Trump and the media didn’t seriously believe that its hit pieces would force him out of office, but they contrived to divert the attention of the White House from its agenda with its Weapons of Mass Distraction. And many conservatives likewise became so focused on these political stunts that they lost sight of the big picture.
We kept all our attention on the inside baseball of D.C. which was just what the Democrats wanted.
The coronavirus crisis breaks up the peace and prosperity of the first term. It makes the path to a second term more challenging. And it makes President Trump a wartime president, empowered by public fears to take all the actions that he needs to lead this country through the crisis and secure a second term.
The Democrats don’t allow a crisis to go to waste. That’s sleazy, crooked, and corrupt. It’s also politics.
Every time there’s a disease outbreak, House Democrats leverage it to secure funds for abortion. They did it during the Zika outbreak. Now they’re doing it again. Speaker Pelosi wants funding for the social welfare state and for the infrastructure of community organizers and lefty activists behind it.
And the Democrats will get their way unless Republicans take the initiative by setting an agenda.
The media falsely claims that President Trump was unprepared for the coronavirus crisis. The truth is that the problem was exactly what Make America Great Again warned about.
Globalism, our dependency on China, our economy’s interdependence with other countries around the world, the divergence of our supply chains, has the potential to bring us to the brink of disaster. Our failure to control our borders, not only with Mexico, but with the rest of the world, is a fatal weakness.
MAGA offered the solution to the coronavirus crisis before it even arrived on our shores.
America must reclaim its manufacturing sector, control its supply chains and its borders, and rebuild our economic relationships with other countries on more secure terms. Unrestricted migration, whether through open borders, birth tourism, visa overstays, family chain migration, and insourcing, must end.
President Trump, better than anyone, can take action and go MAGA on the coronavirus.
A state of emergency and public support for urgent action provide the sense of crisis that can allow a broader MAGA agenda to move forward, over the usual obstructionism of elected and appointed Democrats in the legislatures and judiciary, and by their non-profit activist and their media allies.
The wall was an abstraction to most people. Support for border security could be overridden with photos of crying children because most people don’t see open migration as a threat to them.
Now, if the case is made to them, they can and they will.
Using the military to actively secure the border, shutting down all travel to this country by foreigners, including immigrants and refugees, become much more viable policies in the coronavirus era. What was formerly an uphill battle becomes common sense and forces Democrats into the position of arguing that their ideology and political agendas are more important than the health and safety of Americans.
It couldn’t get any better than this.
President Trump had trouble advancing much of his agenda because the public lacked a sense of crisis. And so he lacked the support he needed to override judicial interference and political sabotage because most people didn’t see that there was a problem big enough to justify cutting through all the red tape.
All that has changed now.
…Globalism is the disease. MAGA is the cure.