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Where Have Democrats, Media, Been Last 2-Plus Months?

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Michael Dorstewitz By Wednesday, 08 April 2020 08:50 AM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

People who listen only to those of like minds tend to miss a lot. That was demonstrated Tuesday by a New York Times journalist, a U.S. senator, and a political activist — all of whom claim to be politically astute.

Late Monday and early Tuesday a memo, prepared by Trump trade advisor Peter Navarro, came to light, warning the administration that the coronavirus could explode into a pandemic, killing millions of Americans and giving a $5.7 trillion hit to the U.S. economy.

"The lack of immune protection or an existing cure or vaccine would leave Americans defenseless in the case of a full-blown coronavirus outbreak on U.S. soil," Navarro's memo said. "This lack of protection elevates the risk of the coronavirus evolving into a full-blown pandemic, imperiling the lives of millions of Americans."

The memo, dated January 29, was addressed to the National Security Council.

Republicans and conservatives thought the story was interesting, and that it confirmed what they'd already known from the start — that the Trump administration was on top of the situation from the beginning.

Liberals read something sinister in the memo.

New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman, who wrote the story for her own paper, tweeted, "SCOOP - WH trade adviser Peter Navarro wrote a late January memo warning of a possible pandemic that would cause financial and human catastrophe."

Sen. Brian Schatz, a Hawaii Democrat, referenced the story and went into full caps lock overload.


Actress and hard-left activist Alyssa Milano tweeted, "January fu**ing 29th," as though the date was proof President Trump had committed high crimes and misdemeanors.

However, on January 23, six days before the Navarro memo, the U.S. State Department  had already ordered the departure of all nonemergency U.S. personnel and their family members from Wuhan, China.

If they missed that news it's because they were watching Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., on that same day make his closing arguments at the Senate impeachment trial of the president.

On January 27, two days before the memo, Vice President Mike Pence told reporters that "we're already conducting screening at 20 American airports, and they're the airports that receive 90 percent of all passengers from China. Any passengers who are ill will receive additional screening."

It's understandable if Haberman, Schatz, and Milano missed the Pence presser. On that same day Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., was holding his own press conference about the Senate impeachment trial, claiming that "We're all staring a White House cover-up in the face."

On January 29, the date of the memo, the Trump administration announced the formation the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

If Democrats missed that event, it was because on that same day Schumer told reporters that failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams would deliver his party's response to the president's State of the Union address scheduled February 5.

Two days after launching the task force, President Trump not only issued a travel ban of traffic coming in from China, but also suspended entry into the United States of all foreign nationals who had traveled to China within the previous 14 days.

Democratic response was to call the president racist and xenophobic.

On February 3, the White House Coronavirus Task Force was urging U.S. pharmaceuticals to begin work on a vaccine and therapeutics at all deliberate speed to combat the disease.

Democrats and liberals probably missed that one also. They were instead reading The Washington Post's warning that "we should be wary of an aggressive government response to coronavirus," and The New York Times saying "Who Says It's Not Safe to Travel to China?"

On March 21 the president challenged major U.S. manufacturers, including Ford, GM, and Tesla, to use their facilities to make sorely-needed medical supplies and equipment, including masks and respirators, after the Obama administration had nearly depleted the federal stockpile of those items.

But they apparently missed that one also.

If Haberman, Schatz, and Milano were surprised by the Navarro memo, it's because they were only listening to the voices within their own liberal echo chamber. They've also been too busy searching for ways to bring down the president.

The Emoluments Clause didn't work. Nor did the 25th Amendment. Russian collusion turned out to be a big fat nothing-burger. The Robert Mueller investigation was a $32 million dud. Ukraine initially showed promise but also fizzled out in the end.

Last week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the formation of a secret committee with subpoena power to audit the Trump administration's response to the pandemic.

It's her own party that need scrutinizing. The Trump administration is doing fine.

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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If Haberman, Schatz, and Milano were surprised by the Navarro memo, it's because they were only listening to the voices within their own liberal echo chamber.
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Wednesday, 08 April 2020 08:50 AM
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