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Democrats Turn Coronavirus Into Bio-Weapon Against Trump

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In the aftermath of the beating he took in the Nevada and South Carolina Democratic Primary debates, billionaire Democrat Michael Bloomberg released a new campaign ad hitting President Trump over his administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The 30-second clip splices together media coverage of the spread of the coronavirus and its related effects on the stock market. The ad argues that Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, effectively dealt with crises during his oversight of America’s biggest city and would be better able to grapple with the outbreak.

“Managing a crisis is what Mike Bloomberg does,” says a male narrator. “In the aftermath of 9/11, he steadied and rebuilt America’s largest city, oversaw emergency response to natural disasters, upgraded hospital preparedness to manage health crises, and he’s funding cutting edge research to contain epidemics,” reported Tal Axelrod, staff writer for The Hill.

Given that Bloomberg wasn’t sworn in as Mayor of New York until months after 9/11, his claim of managing disasters is more than a little disingenuous, but it is a useful tell about where Democrats are trying to take the response to the China-centered outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19.

They’re not interested in protecting American lives; what they are interested in is defeating President Trump.

On January 31, the United States declared a public health emergency and President Trump signed an order barring entry to foreign nationals, other than immediate family of American citizens and permanent residents, who visited China within the last 14 days, which scientists say is the virus’s longest incubation period.

It also issued its first mandated quarantine for travelers since the 1960s, something the Obama administration did not do during the Ebola epidemic in Africa.

This and the subsequent actions of the Trump administration were immediately labeled as inadequate or even counterproductive by commentators on the Left, such as Laurie Garrett.

Writing in foreignpolicy.com, Ms. Garrett, a Pulitzer Prize winning science writer and former senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations scorched the President for putting the Coronavirus response in the hands of an “all-male group of a dozen advisors” and tried to pin the blame on Trump for Congress cutting the budgets of various Obama-era programs and failing to act on the Administration’s $2.8 billion budget request for the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the bulwark between hospitals and health departments versus pandemic threats.

What the sex of the advisors the President chooses to run the response to a public health crisis has to do with anything remains unknown, but Ms. Garrett makes it clear that getting rid of the “orchestra” of Obama-loyalists assembled to deal with Ebola and swine flu (H1N1) is what she’s really mad about.

As Brian Resnick pointed out yesterday (February 26, 2020) in an article for VOX, you may think “the White House,” or some arm of the federal government is in charge of public health incident response. But per the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution, public health is not a power specifically given to the federal government, and so it rests mainly with the states, as well as large cities with strong public health departments, like New York City.

Mr. Resnick noted that, while there’s much we don’t know about how this could play out with regard to how many people will get sick and how sick they’ll get, what we do know is the United States has dealt with outbreaks — polio, tuberculosis, and H1N1 flu, for starters — before, and many health officials have been anticipating a new one. There are lots of professionals on the federal and local levels who stand ready to try to stymie the spread of coronavirus in the United States.

That’s not to say our system is perfect, or even necessarily prepared for this incoming novel virus, wrote Resnick. But it’s worth thinking through what responses are possible in the United States and how they might become politicized.

The politicization of the response to the coronavirus by the Democrats is already well underway, if you don’t believe it, ask the Democrats if they are ready to clean up California’s vast homeless camps to help stymie the potential spread of the coronavirus.

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