- Feb 16, 2016
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April 1, 2020 ~~ By Tristan Justice
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky charged the Democrats’ recent impeachment coup that stretched into the beginning of February with distracting the administration from the Wuhan coronavirus threat as the outbreak worsened in China.
“It came up while we were tied down in the impeachment trial, and I think it diverted the attention of the government because everything every day was all about impeachment,” McConnell said Tuesday on “The Hugh Hewitt Show.”
While China was implementing large-scale lockdowns across the country at the start of the new year to contain the virus, the White House was focused on fending off a partisan impeachment effort to keep President Donald Trump in office. As January rolled around, Congress was in the midst of bitter battle over whether the Senate trial would include new witnesses who had not testified in the House prior to Democrats rubber-stamping the articles in a rushed process.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi withheld the articles from moving forward unless Senate Republicans offered concessions on how the trial would be conducted. After four weeks of keeping the nation’s legislature at a standstill, Pelosi gave in on the issue where she had no leverage and released the articles for a trial to begin in the upper chamber, all while the Wuhan virus continued to spread across Asia.
Democrats have been quick to cast the Trump administration as radically unprepared to handle the current pandemic tanking the global economy and threatening to kill hundreds of thousands with it, including those who never even come in contact with the virus but who fall victim to suicide over circumstances presented through financial devastation and social isolation.
At the same time, Democrats sought to focus the nation on its grand impeachment efforts with a Senate trial that did nothing but further polarize an already divided nation and divert the administration’s attention away from real threats abroad. Had the White House been able to more closely monitor the ongoing crisis in China rather than fending off a sham impeachment, the federal government likely would have been more prepared to confront the virus with adequate testing made more readily available and a proper advance on replenishing the Strategic National Stockpile.
Instead, the United States was caught off-guard by the pandemic, with current medical supplies in storage found both expired and in short supply. According to ABC News, government officials say the national stockpile had not been restocked with fresh supplies since the H1N1 outbreak in 2009. Meanwhile, as Trump takes fire for failing to meet New York’s request for 30,000 ventilators from the federal government, less than 20,000 were available in the national stockpile. Of the 4,000 that were shipped up to New York this week, Business Insider reported that many were found to be damaged.
A closer examination of federal supplies in anticipation of the virus arriving on U.S. shores rather than a fixation on the Democrats’ latest impeachment attempt could have saved thousands of lives.
Instead, Democrats attacked the early effective measures that the Trump administration did take to stop the virus. In January, the White House implemented a travel ban on China that provoked condemnation from woke liberals as racist. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is now the likely Democratic nominee, condemned the move as “hysterical xenophobia.”
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The Democrats’ three-year failed impeachment effort is one of the nation’s greatest national security blunders in American history by keeping the administration focused more on staying in office than keeping a close watch on global challenges. Now the United States is confronted with a pandemic of epic proportions that has already claimed more American lives than the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
This year’s impeachment proceedings in January and February might not have prevented the Wuhan virus from spreading across the U.S., but they no doubt distracted the White House from getting a head start on adequate preparations.
The Progressive Marxist Socialist leftist hatred for President Trump and Conservatism is so great that they've put the entire country in danger. This should be a wake-up to every American to vote Republican in November. Thank you Senator McConnell for taking the time to expose Nancy Pelosi and the PMS/DSA Democratic Left.
When this virus was emerging internationally Democrats played the impeachment game while their leading presidential candidates all accused the president of racism for doing the smart thing and restricting travel, especially from China the source of the pandemic. When it became obvious this was becoming a full blown pandemic Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer deliberately delayed action in order to demand pet programs unrelated to the crisis filling the proposed crucial aide with their pet wish list. When the country demanded leadership President Trump answered the call and gave them what they wanted and needed and Democrats did all they could to derail and delay this action. Shame on the anti-liberal and anti-American progressive Socialist democratic Party.
Indeed, while President Trump began assembling the Wuhan Covid-19 task force and banning travel from China, that same day, January 20th, 2020 Nancy Pelosi was finally signing the impeachment papers and handing out pens at the signing.
Needless to say, the first CDC pandemic warning occurred in late February nearly a month after Trump stopped flights from China. In addition the fault with this entire warning system, action taken and poor response is on the CDC, is the same CDC that Obama decreased funding and squandered their resources and preparedness.
"The national shortage of N95 respirator masks can be traced back to 2009 after the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, when the Obama administration was advised to replenish a national stockpile but did not, according to reports from Bloomberg News and the Los Angeles Times.
In 2009, the H1N1 outbreak hit the United States, leading to 274,304 hospitalizations, 12,469 deaths, and a depletion of N95 respirator masks.
A federally backed task force and a safety equipment organization both recommended to the Obama administration that the stockpile be replenished of the 100 million masks used after the H1N1 outbreak, according to the Los Angeles Times.Charles Johnson, president of the International Safety Equipment Association, said that advice was never heeded.“Our association is unaware of any major effort to restore the stockpile to cover that draw down,” he said.