— The Resistance 🇺🇸 (@NightlyPolitics) March 26, 2020
That is Joe Biden’s latest ad.
Really tells a story doesn’t it?
So Trump claims that his first response, banning travel from China, was the best thing he could have done.
Facts tell us otherwise.
Courtesy of HuffPo:
The way President Donald Trump tells it, his China travel ban was a gutsy move against the coronavirus that “pretty much shut it down coming in from China,” “stopped it,” and put the deadly virus “very much under control.”
Which of course raises the question: Why, then, does the U.S. have 61,167 coronavirus cases and 849 deaths as of Wednesday afternoon, with both numbers on the rise?
Jeremy Konyndyk, who worked in the Obama White House on the response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak, compared Trump’s move to France’s famously useless fortifications against the Nazis in World War II.
“The travel ban was his Maginot Line, the false sense of security that in fact left us hugely vulnerable to attack,” Konyndyk said. “Because it meant we didn’t man our other defenses.”
Global health experts agree that blocking travel from China made sense, particularly given the Chinese government’s attempts to cover up the severity and extent of the disease there. But they also agree that Trump should have simultaneously made it a top priority to set up an extensive testing regime to understand the spread of the virus and to equip hospitals and first responders with the ventilators, respirators and other medical supplies they now need as the disease inevitably spreads around the country.
“Once the virus is introduced to a community, unless it is contained it will grow exponentially. And that is what we are seeing now,” said William Hanage, an associate professor of epidemiology at Harvard. “Travel bans don’t help once the spread has already happened.”
Trump, though, repeatedly claimed for weeks that his Jan. 31 decision, which banned foreigners who had been in China in the previous 14 days from entering the country, had saved the United States from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
Speaking to a favorite interviewer on Feb. 2, Trump assured Fox News viewers that there was no reason to worry about coronavirus. “Well, we pretty much shut it down coming in from China,” he told Sean Hannity.
Giving Trump some benefit of the doubt it is possible that the China ban gave us maybe a day or two of respite, but it was always on its way and Trump did essentially nothing to prepare for it.
We are now in the middle of a full blown crisis, a crisis that I heard experts predicting almost two months ago.
To be frank Trump’s response to this pandemic has been criminal and he not only does not deserve reelection, but he deserves to be dragged from the White House and thrown in prison.
Preferably a prison currently dealing with their own Coronavirus outbreak.