While President Trump has consistently used his "America First" pledge as a guide to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, politics comes first for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
It announced Monday that it was launching an ad campaign criticizing the Trump administration's response to the emergency.
"The Trump administration would rather pad the pockets of drug manufacturers than provide access to an affordable coronavirus vaccine," the text of the 25-second ad reads.
The ad highlighted Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar's statement at a congressional hearing last week that "we can't control that price because we need the private sector."
The ad will target those House Republicans whose seats the DCCC believes are at risk.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., blasted both the DCCC and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Tuesday.
"We are not in the majority, we cannot determine the floor, so Speaker Pelosi left and had us leave Congress. This week, we hope we're able to bring it up," he said at a Tuesday press conference.
"And why now is ... the DCCC running ads against seven Republicans on something they could not vote on?" he added. "Are they playing politics and holding the money up so their political arm can attack Republicans on this issue? Can they for one time put people before politics?"
McCarthy tweeted, "What a scam" in a follow-up to the press briefing.
"Speaker Pelosi held up the vote on coronavirus funding so that her campaign team could run ads against Republicans for Super Tuesday."
McCarthy added, "Instead of putting America first, she is putting politics first."
This is nothing new for Pelosi. She criticized the president early on into the outbreak, claiming that the administration's response against coronavirus threat was "late — too late — anemic."
Contrary to Pelosi's "anemic" response claim, Trump issued a travel ban to and from China as far back as January — and he's expanded bans and issued travel advisories as conditions warranted.
And Democrats even politicized the initial travel ban by characterizing it as "xenophobic" and "fear-mongering."
"This is no time for Donald Trump's record of hysteria and xenophobia – hysterical xenophobia – and fear-mongering to lead the way instead of science," Biden told a crowd in Iowa.
Fox News host Laura Ingraham observed, while Democrats said "that the travel ban was racist, and it was terrible, which looks like it saved us" from a greater outbreak.
And indeed it did save us. As of Tuesday there were 92,881 total COVID-19 cases reported worldwide, including 3,168 deaths from the virus. By country, there were:
- China: 80,152 cases, 2,945 deaths (population 1,386 million)
- South Korea: 5,186 cases, 34 deaths (population 51.47 million)
- Italy: 2,502 cases, 79 deaths (population 60.48 million)
- Iran: 2,336 cases, 77 deaths (population 81.16 million)
In contrast, the United States, which has a population of 327.2 million, reported 118 total cases and nine deaths as of Tuesday.
Despite these figures, former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, who's now an adjunct assistant professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, claimed that the outbreak caught Trump flat-footed.
"President Trump has left the U.S. dangerously underprepared to face a public health crisis like a #coronavirus outbreak. @devisridhar and I explain how via @CNN," she tweeted.
Professor Clinton's "dangerously underprepared to face a public health crisis" claim more aptly describes the previous administration.
In April 2009, early into President Obama's administration, the H1N1 influenza pandemic began infecting Americans. He waited until October 26 — six months later — to declare a national health crisis. And this is what happened in that six-month interim:
"Since the H1N1 flu pandemic began in April, millions of people in the United States have been infected, at least 20,000 have been hospitalized and more than 1,000 have died, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," CNN Health reported.
Democrats could learn from the GOP. Despite Obama's delayed response to the H1N1 pandemic, no one called it "Obamavirus," no one claimed his response was "anemic," no one said that he was "dangerously underprepared to face a public health crisis."
And the GOP certainly didn't run any political ads over Obama's weak response to a crisis that affected millions of Americans.
The real epidemic affecting the United States isn't the coronavirus — it's the cancer of politicizing a worldwide health crisis.
Only one party is doing it. And Democrats aren't acting from a position of strength. At this point, their party is running on empty. All they have left in their tank is "orange man bad."
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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