As the weeks continue to report more and more cases from the coronavirus outbreak, along with increased numbers of deaths, everyone is looking for someone to blame. And naturally, for the progressive left, that means President Donald Trump and his administration is at the very top of the list.
From the time America saw her first known case and started dealing with the quickly-spreading virus, Democrats have accused President Trump of doing too little too late. If they are to be believed, Trump did little else except twiddle his thumbs until the virus was already here in mass proportions.
And with such beliefs running rampant and being purported by their Trump Derangement Symptom, it is not surprising that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and congressman Adam Schiff have announced yet another probe into the President. This time it will investigate our nation’s (meaning Trump’s) response to the quickly spreading pandemic.
MSNBC reported, “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday announced the creation of a new bipartisan House select committee on the coronavirus crisis that will exercise oversight of the federal response to the pandemic and be chaired by Majority Whip Jim Clyburn.”
The outlet noted that Pelosi said that the “committee’s immediate focus will be on ‘the here and now,’ not the Trump administration’s initial response to the pandemic, though she said there will come a time when such a review will be appropriate.”
California congressman Schiff tweeted that it was a simple “review” into how we responded and what could do to be better prepared in the future.
“After Pearl Harbor and 9/11, we looked at what went wrong to learn from our mistakes. Once we’ve recovered, we need a nonpartisan commission to review our response and how we can better prepare for the next pandemic. I’m working on a bill to do that.”
However, it wouldn’t take any stretch of the imagination to realize that this is really just another excuse to put the Trump administration under a microscope, pointing to all the “wrong” he has done in some fantasy effort to get rid of him.
They already did it once, why wouldn’t they try again?
In fact, even before he was actually in office, Democrats had already made a list of reasons why Trump should be impeached. The Washington Post even stated, “The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun.” And this was just moments after he was sworn into office.
But that impeachment process may have cost the nation more than the Democrats expected. While they sit around pointing fingers at Trump for the devastation our country is currently enduring due to coronavirus, we have to wonder if things would have been much different if, at the start of this outbreak, the failed impeachment process wasn’t going on.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell certainly believes it would.
He told The Hugh Hewitt Show on Sunday, “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.”
And he isn’t far off on that note.
While America was stuck listening to argument after argument about why Trump shouldn’t be in office, China was being put on lockdown. And as the virus spread, first across China and then to other nations, Congress paid little attention to anything but who would be their next witness.
Now, that doesn’t mean that Trump was oblivious to the virus or its threat. He still decisions about the virus, establishing the White House Coronavirus Task Force on January 29 and putting a travel ban on traveling from China on January 31.
Trump even admitted that his staff was “probably” distracted somewhat with the ongoing impeachment trial. And how could they not be, with being pulled into interviews, subpoenaed to sit on the stand, and continually dealing with the press?
That’s time they could have spent on restocking the nation’s stockpile of medical supplies depleted by the H1N1 outbreak during Obama’s time or preparing local governments for what was to come.
But with the Democrats demanding impeachment action, it just wasn’t possible.
The impeachment wasn’t finished until February, and by then, coronavirus was already on our doorstep and in hundreds of other countries worldwide.
If Pelosi, Schiff, and Clyburn want to figure out what should have been done to combat coronavirus more than what Trump has already done, they have nowhere else to look but to their own sham of an impeachment.