Mid-Day Digest

Mar. 26, 2020


“As on the one hand, the necessity for borrowing in particular emergencies cannot be doubted, so on the other, it is equally evident that to be able to borrow upon good terms, it is essential that the credit of a nation should be well established.” —Alexander Hamilton (1790)

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The Senate’s $2.2 Trillion Economic Lifeline

Nate Jackson

A record-shattering 3.28 million Americans filed jobless claims this week, as the Great Coronavirus Shutdown has wreaked havoc on the U.S. economy. The previous record was 695,000 in October 1982, followed by the March 2009 mark of 665,000. Until now, the U.S. had experienced a record 113 straight months of job growth — some 22 million jobs were created over that stretch. That not only ended this month, it fell off a cliff.

“The economy isn’t an abstraction,” as Ben Shapiro so aptly put it. “It’s the real lives of hundreds of millions of American citizens.” And those real lives are being devastated by the viral shutdown — a shutdown for which we need an exit strategy. As Mark Alexander noted yesterday, “Clearly, formulating and implementing this exit strategy will be the most difficult and complex policy decision by any president in decades.”

That’s why Democrats finally got off their collective rear ends and stopped obstructing the Senate’s relief bill. Well, after extracting their pound of flesh anyway. The $2.2 trillion aid package — one-half of the entire federal budget — passed the upper chamber unanimously (96-0, minus four Republicans in quarantine) late Wednesday after several days of political wrangling led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The House will hold a vote tomorrow morning at the earliest.

The provision millions of Americans likely care about most is nearly $300 billion for the direct payment of $1,200 to each adult earning less than $75,000 ($150,000 for married couples) in either 2019 (if a tax return has been filed) or 2018. There’s an additional $500 for each child under 17. The administration hopes to have this money distributed within a couple of weeks. Realistically, it could be late April.

Some other provisions include money for emergency medical supplies and a major infusion of liquidity to businesses that have been shuttered by government fiat. There’s $500 billion for large companies and another $380 billion for small businesses. That’s especially important for small businesses that are less able to withstand a month-long (or more) shutdown but that employ the vast majority of Americans. There’s specific aid for airlines, hotels, restaurants, farmers, railroads, the health industry, the U.S. Postal Service, and other industries. Given the widespread economic damage, this is to be expected.

Americans can suspend student-loan payments through September without accruing interest. More than 14% of Americans owe a collective $1.6 trillion in student loans, and the average amount per borrower is around $35,000.

Unemployment insurance greatly expanded. The Wall Street Journal explains that the package “includes a $600-a-week increase for the first four months, with the bonus payment available through July 31.” That’s good for Americans hit hard by a layoff, but a few Republicans worried that this means some number of them may now have an economic incentive not to return to work. They tried unsuccessfully to amend this.

Unfortunately, it’s a given with anything Congress does that there are a litany of bad policies in this monstrosity. Among them is one particularly expensive one: $175 billion for state budgets with no strings or oversight. That means the Democrat statists in New York, California, and Illinois, who’ve driven their state budgets into the ground, get an unmerited bailout at your grandchildren’s expense.

In fact, the federal bill itself reveals the elephant in the room: A nation already saddled with $23.5 trillion in debt isn’t exactly in a great position to be spending 10% of that again in one bill. Americans will be paying for this China-induced economic coma for generations.

As a final thought, where would we be right now had the Trump administration not done so much to shore up and strengthen the U.S. economy?

Editor’s Note: For more on today’s top news, check out our daily Executive Summary.

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Leftmedia Trump Derangement

Thomas Gallatin

A clear majority of Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s handling of the China Virus pandemic — 60% according to Gallup polling. That’s even better than his 49% overall approval rating, which matches the highest of his presidency. But one would think just the opposite is true given the mainstream media’s incessant negative coverage of the president’s handling of this national crisis.

One example that typifies the MSM anti-Trump coverage was the reporting on an Arizona couple who ingested fish-tank cleaner thinking it would prevent them from getting COVID-19. Sadly, that stupid decision led to the death of the husband and put his wife in the hospital. Yet the Leftmedia saw fit to blame Trump for “misleading” people into doing demented things, all because he mentioned a malaria drug that some medical professionals believe could be helpful in combating the virus. The only explanation for this level of journalistic malpractice is Trump Derangement Syndrome.

However, as mentioned above, even with the negative media coverage, Trump’s approval ratings have been rising. Why might that be? The most likely reason is due to Trump’s daily national briefing in which he speaks directly to the American people on what he and his administration are doing to combat the pandemic. Millions are tuning in to watch, due in large part to the fact that many Americans are quarantined and are looking to the president for information and leadership. And that is exactly what Trump has provided, much to the dismay of the Leftmedia.

The New York Times laments, “The numbers are continuing to rise, driven by intense concern about the virus and the housebound status of millions of Americans who are practicing social distancing. On Monday, nearly 12.2 million people watched Mr. Trump’s briefing on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, according to Nielsen — ‘Monday Night Football’ numbers. Millions more are watching on ABC, CBS, NBC and online streaming sites.” But of course, after reporting the facts, the Times inserts its own anti-Trump spin: “The audience is expanding even as Mr. Trump has repeatedly delivered information that doctors and public health officials have called ill informed, misleading or downright wrong.”

In response to Trump’s rising popularity, many MSM outlets have begun limiting their coverage of his daily briefings, cutting away to their own talkingheads while giving the ridiculous excuse that they must prevent the spread of misinformation. “I would stop putting those briefings on live TV,” pontificated MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, “not out of spite, but because it’s misinformation.”

Former ABC News anchor Ted Koppel perfectly expressed this MSM elitist mindset when he argued, “Training a camera on a live event, and just letting it play out, is technology, not journalism; journalism requires editing and context. I recognize that presidential utterances occupy a unique category. Within that category, however, President Trump has created a special compartment all his own. The question, clearly, is whether his status as president of the United States obliges us to broadcast his every briefing live. No. No more so than you at The Times should be obliged to provide your readers with a daily, verbatim account.” In truth, Koppel’s real beef is that he doesn’t like Trump being able to speak freely and directly to the American people unfiltered by Leftmedia spin.

Don’t miss another important reason why MSM outlets have begun cutting away from Trump’s briefing: ad revenue (or lack thereof). Trump’s evening briefings last an average of two hours during prime-time hours — all without commercial breaks. With millions tuning in to watch, media outlets are loathe to lose ad revenue, even during a national crisis when information is paramount.

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Are We Sacrificing Liberty for Security?

Arnold Ahlert

“There are no solutions. There are only tradeoffs.” —Thomas Sowell

In the midst of the current China Virus pandemic — and the media-generated panic that greatly exacerbates it — the reality of the above quote remains immutable. And right now, the presumptive default position — for reasonable Americans, at least — is that government is operating in our best interests. One says reasonable because there will always be those incapable of transcending politics. What they’re afflicted with is far worse than coronavirus, because while viruses may be ultimately beaten back, rabid partisanship appears eternal. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (SC) privately told his Democrat Party members that a coronavirus bill supposedly aimed at giving relief to millions of unemployed and sick Americans was “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”

What kinds of “tradeoffs” were Democrats seeking? Courtesy of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who showed her true colors in time of crisis, a hard-left wish list of items wholly unrelated to helping a nation teetering on the brink of collapse. One suspects millions of Americans beset by a crushing combination of self-isolation, unemployment, impending bankruptcy, and fear of death or serious debilitation are appalled by “solutions” that included same-day voter registration, ballot harvesting, gender and racial diversity data requirements for corporations and the government, automatic extensions for nonimmigrant visas, more wind and solar tax credits, and requirements that an already reeling airline industry cut its greenhouse-gas emissions by 50%.

Pelosi ultimately caved, but one hopes voters will remember such despicable self-interest next November. Yet that is a topic for another day.


It will be interesting to see if he has even that much time. While our media elites have already branded Trump’s since-revised assertion as a choice “between solidarity and barbarism” or called it an “astoundingly boneheaded idea,” there is either a stunning level of naiveté or monumental self-unawareness attached to such sentiments.

First, the difference between solidarity and barbarism is in the eye of the beholder: New Yorkers fleeing Manhattan and hunkering down at well-stocked beachfront mansions in the Hamptons are likely far more sanguine about self-isolation than a single mother forced to wait it out with her two kids in a tiny apartment in the projects. And again, it’s easier to be noble when one is blessed with recession-proof wherewithal rather than facing financial calamity. Moreover, some people can tolerate loneliness, isolation, and adversity; some cannot — not even for a week.

Second, while it is easy to focus on the mortality rate of the coronavirus wholly by itself, to ignore the potential morality rate associated with isolation-engendered drug and alcohol overdoses, accidents, suicide, or murder is a fool’s errand. In many cases, simply contemplating a future of enduring financial ruination may be enough to push someone over the edge.

Thus, to simply dismiss as barbarism or boneheadedness the idea of what may be best described as a more targeted approach to the dilemma — or, worse, to assume that such an approach is evil — is itself an indication that some types of solidarity are “more equal” than others.

At some point — utterly irrespective of the president’s hopes, expert advice, or a poisonous media thoroughly invested in sowing panic, discord, hatred, and hysteria — the pressure to reintegrate will become unbearable. It’s impossible to say where prolonged purposelessness ultimately leads, but to completely dismiss it as part of the equation is shortsighted.

Another factor? By self-isolating and social distancing, could we be kicking the proverbial can down the road and extending the timeline of the pandemic? We are told such measures are necessary to prevent overloading our healthcare system, but what happens to that same healthcare system when it must deal with a persistent level of coronavirus, coupled with the additional pathologies arising from the scourges of isolation and economic catastrophe? It’s worth remembering that the deaths arising from America’s opioid crisis — largely attributed to economic disruption exponentially less serious than what could happen now — outpaced those arising from car accidents. It’s also worth considering how many healthcare providers would be put out of business by an unprecedented economic catastrophe.

Moreover, when does “an abundance of caution” lead to an abundance of oppression? If it turns out coronavirus is only marginally more deadly than flu, what becomes the “standard” mortality rate for shutting down an entire nation, imposing draconian government controls, and essentially subverting the Constitution?

And not just for coronavirus, but any potential deadly disease going forward?

Already the Justice Department is asking Congress to expand its powers during a national emergency, including the ability to allow chief judges to permanently detain an individual without trial. As columnist Douglas MacKinnon reminds us, such “temporary” power, once given to government, “is rarely returned to the people and often abused.”

Moreover, do the people get a say in the matter? MacKinnon believes — and one suspects millions of other Americans do as well — that some sort of national referendum should be held. Let the people decide whether we continue indefinitely sheltering in place, or embrace a possible “herd immunity” strategy that incorporates a new set of social mores designed to provide safety to the nation’s most vulnerable people. One that can be effected without committing economic suicide.

Unthinkable? With regard to the seasonal flu, it’s a choice we’ve already made, even though millions will get it and thousands will die — year in, year out.

That such a longstanding choice has never been turned into a political issue is telling. There is little doubt that widespread panic is a great enabler of power consolidation, and once the crisis passes — or Americans decide to endure a certain level of risk to put it behind them — the necessity of a thorough review regarding who can essentially suspend constitutional rights “for emergency sake” is absolutely imperative. If we don’t review such power grabs, many Americans will wonder whether we were properly responding to a crisis — or creating a template for totalitarian governance.

And finally, the media. The one that makes a complete mockery of hope, largely because hope doesn’t accrue to its political sensibilities, even when hope may be the only thing keeping millions of Americans from losing their minds. Fueled by arrogance and condescension, the media’s unrelenting effort to divide America during its most dire crisis is the sorriest spectacle of rank self-interest this nation has ever witnessed. This is one American who fervently hopes this contemptible army of doomsayers, panic-mongers, propagandists, and outright liars gets the mother of all comeuppances, as they have proven themselves incapable of embracing simple decency when it matters most.

We certainly hope President Trump’s desire to reopen America by Easter Sunday can be realized. Two resurrections on the same day has a nice ring to it.

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What the China Virus Reveals About Our Vulnerabilities

Harold Hutchison

One of the things we are learning from the China Virus is that we as a country are very vulnerable to pandemics — particularly those that are inflicted on us. It’s a sobering reminder of why America needs secure borders, the intelligence community, and much better preparation through bringing key manufacturing back home.

For starters, while we should not minimize the tens of thousands of Americans infected and the hundreds who have died, we also need to realize that with COVID-19, America got lucky. This virus does not appear to be very lethal, at least compared to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, which killed between 8,720 and 18,050 people in the United States.

So why did COVID-19 pretty much shut down the economy? One reason was because of a cover-up by the People’s Republic of China. Had the Chinese communists been honest, we would not be seeing the bad situation we have today. We would have had more time to get ready. We’d be further along with possible treatments and cures. There would have been time to make more masks, including the N95. There would still be hits, but you wouldn’t be so desperate in trying to find hand sanitizer or toilet paper.

In a way, America is suffering from a biological warfare attack. Now, nobody is saying Xi Jinping ordered the attack. But the cover-up intended to avoid embarrassing the ChiCom regime arguably created the biowarfare version of a “negligent discharge.”

So, one of the things we have learned is that we need our intelligence community to find out this sort of stuff. Sadly, Spygate’s fraying of the bonds of trust and the betrayal of Patriots in that community have done some very serious damage to our ability to get the information we need to protect ourselves. So did the way we lost so many of our sources in China.

It goes without saying that we need to rebuild our intelligence community and restore the frayed bonds of trust. But knowing something is happening is not enough. We need to be able to do something about it.

Part of that is having the ability to secure our borders. It’s clear that Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the United States Coast Guard are all way too small to secure our borders. Massive increases are in order, and they need to have quality training.

In fact, just as we have reserves for our Armed Forces, we should establish reserves for CBP and ICE. This is not unusual — many major police and fire departments have reserve units as well. But this would enhance border security, and not just in the case of pandemics.

Finally, we have learned that we need to be better prepared at home. Part of this is having the ability to manufacture what we need at the quality we need. When 80% of the testing kits China sent to Prague failed, it’s best not to count on them. So, we need to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. Make America a place that businesses want to come to.

That may mean slashing the corporate income tax (again) — or, better yet, abolishing it altogether — to bring the factories home. And don’t call it a giveaway — you pay Walmart’s corporate income tax every time you shop there.

It also means we keep the lines going. We should have stockpiles of the medical equipment necessary. But not just medical equipment. There are other things we may have to stockpile. In some respects, it’s like a war. You laughed at preppers before, but are you laughing now?

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown America where it is vulnerable. Thankfully, the vulnerabilities can be fixed. But it will take work and sacrificing some sacred cows.

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How Deadly Is the China Virus?

Thomas Gallatin

As the numbers of infected and of those dying from the global China Virus pandemic continue to increase exponentially on a daily basis, the question many Americans may be asking is this: How deadly is this virus? Is it worse than the flu, which kills between 20,000 and 60,000 Americans every year? Well, as testing has yet to catch up with this rapidly expanding disease, we are currently left only with educated guesses — guesses that seem to keep changing at the rate the virus spreads.

What has been established is that COVID-19 is highly contagious, likely three to four times as contagious as the annual flu. In fact, it is this high contagious rate that has governments, including cities, counties, and states around the U.S., shutting down vast swaths of the economy and issuing quarantines and shelter-in-place directives in the hopes of preventing hospitals and medical facilities from becoming overwhelmed.

However, adding to the confusion and unease are seemingly vastly divergent mortality rates coming from different countries. For example, the COVID-19 mortality rate being reported out of Italy is a frightening 10%, whereas South Korea, which saw an early high number of infections, has seemingly contained them and maintained a much lower mortality rate of 1.38%. Currently the U.S. COVID-19 mortality rate is 1.5%. What accounts for such drastically different results? Several educated opinions have been proposed, such as the fact that the virus is most dangerous to the elderly and Italy happens to have the fifth-oldest population on the planet. But that is far from conclusive regarding the disparity of results.

The Wall Street Journal recently observed that the COVID-19 mortality rate may actually be much lower than the current World Health Organization estimate of 3.4%. Using the last data, the Journal notes, “The epidemic started in China sometime in November or December. The first confirmed U.S. cases included a person who traveled from Wuhan on Jan. 15, and it is likely that the virus entered before that: Tens of thousands of people traveled from Wuhan to the U.S. in December. Existing evidence suggests that the virus is highly transmissible and that the number of infections doubles roughly every three days. An epidemic seed on Jan. 1 implies that by March 9 about six million people in the U.S. would have been infected. As of March 23, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 499 Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. If our surmise of six million cases is accurate, that’s a mortality rate of 0.01%, assuming a two week lag between infection and death. This is one-tenth of the flu mortality rate of 0.1%. Such a low death rate would be cause for optimism.”

Indeed, that would be cause for optimism, but it also means the sobering reality that even at that lower estimated mortality rate, COVID-19 will likely end up killing between 20,000 and 40,000 Americans. In the grand scheme of things, of course, death is a reality none of us will escape. We have been fortunate to live at a time in history where our technological innovations and medical developments have led to Americans living longer, healthier lives. Many of us are not confronted by the reality of death on a regular basis, so we fall into the luxury of not thinking about it. We hope this pandemic will make clear the reality of the frailty and preciousness of life, and cause us to soberly contemplate that deeper, higher, and more significant truth — our eternal destiny.

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Profiles of Valor: U.S. Army CWO 5 (Retired) Douglas Englen

Charles Paige

In the midst of updates on mortality rates and event cancellations, one recent positive story went largely unnoticed. That’s probably just fine as far as the subject — a true “quiet professional” — is concerned, but in this age of the anti-hero, the story of his life and career of integrity, patriotism, and service warrant the widest possible dissemination.

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 (Retired) Douglas Englen was the aviation element commander for the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden, Operation NEPTUNE SPEAR. As such, he led the highly compartmentalized planning effort and was responsible for making several “audibles” during the execution phase that ensured the ultimate success of the mission.

Following his retirement earlier this month, he shared his perspective on the raid with Military Times. The interview highlights the detailed planning and exceptional professionalism that allowed the raid to succeed despite a Blackhawk crashing into bin Laden’s compound in the early stages. That the raid force was able to overcome such a significant setback so early in the mission is a testament to Englen’s leadership. Unsurprisingly — and in contrast to the SEALs’ “I’m really the one who shot OBL!” squabble — Englen didn’t just talk the “aw shucks … it was a team effort” talk; he reportedly demurred when told he was nominated for the Distinguished Service Cross (second only to the Medal of Honor in awards for valor) and argued that the entire crew of his helicopter shared the same risk and should receive the same award. They all — including Englen — received Silver Stars.

While the bin Laden raid had the highest profile, Englen’s 34-year career featured many other noteworthy events, including a second Silver Star-worthy mission in Afghanistan later in 2011. His 2,500 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan alone include inserting the first Special Forces team into Afghanistan in October 2001 and high-risk insertion flights into Iraq prior to the 2003 invasion. Admiral William McRaven, retired Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, called Englen “the finest Army aviator of our generation.” In fact, he added, “There truly are few people of this 9/11 generation that have been as heroic and as courageous.”

As amazing as the “action” side of Englen’s story is, the personal side is equally praiseworthy. Doug has been married to his high-school sweetheart, Tina, for 31 years. She’s been a hero in her own right, effectively being a single parent to their four children during the almost seven (cumulative) years Doug spent deployed to combat zones. The article paints a vivid picture of the life of a military family, particularly one whose service member is special operator.

As if a daughter’s high-school prom doesn’t provide enough drama on its own, imagine it coming on the heels of several months of the husband/father’s undefined absence. Doug was planning and preparing for the OBL raid and couldn’t tell his family what he was doing or when he’d be back. His daughter’s prom was interrupted by news of the raid, with his family knowing that it was the most likely explanation for his absence, while at the same time not yet knowing whether he had survived what was undoubtedly the highest-risk operation in decades. Tina recalled, “As I’m sitting there watching the television, trying to figure out where Doug is, what’s going down — I’m worried: ‘Am I going to get a knock on the door [from a uniformed officer and the chaplain]?’”

We owe Tina and her kids — and the countless other military family members who have endured and are enduring similar hardships — an immense debt of gratitude for their role in making Doug Englen’s heroic career possible. And we will always be grateful for his selfless service to our great nation.

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Above the Fold

  • UNPRECEDENTED, BUT UNSURPRISING: Jobless claims soar past three million to record high; shatters the Great Recession peak of 665,000 in March 2009 and the all-time mark of 695,000 in October 1982 (CNBC)

  • AID IS COMING: Senate approves $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package in unanimous vote; House to vote Friday (Fox News)

  • PORK: Millions for Kennedy Center, arts included in Senate rescue package (Fox News)

  • GAME CHANGER? New Oxford study suggests millions of people may have already built up coronavirus immunity (The Week)

Government & Politics

  • LEADERSHIP: Gallup: Trump approval up five points to 49%, his handling of COVID-19 at 60% approval (CNSNews.com)

  • AND LEFTISTS HATE THEM: Trump’s daily briefings are getting huge ratings (The Daily Wire)

  • RACE BAIT: SPLC blames Trump’s “racist, anti-Asian epithets” for coronavirus-related anti-Asian harassment (PJ Media) 

  • KAVANAUGH’S ACCUSERS UNAVAILABLE FOR COMMENT: Woman accuses Joe Biden of sexual assault (The Daily Wire)

National Security

  • A BIOLOGICAL AGENT: Coronavirus crimes can be charged as acts of terrorism, DOJ says (NBC News)

  • ENSURING “THAT WE’RE NOT BRINGING THE VIRUS BACK HOME”: Pentagon orders halt overseas movement for U.S. military (Reuters)

  • “DIED WHILE IN IRANIAN CUSTODY”: Family concludes former FBI agent Robert Levinson died in Iran (NBC News)

Other Notables

  • IVORY TOWER Harvard, boasting $40 billion endowment, lays off dining hall workers (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • PUTTING CONNECTICUT ON NOTICE: Justice Department: Don’t treat trans athletes as girls (AP)

  • CAPITULATING — SORT OF: Pennsylvania gun shops allowed to reopen on a limited basis (NRA-ILA)

Closing Arguments

  • POLICY: Congress should let licensed physicians practice across state lines (City Journal)

  • POLICY: GOP rightly blocked Nancy Pelosi’s mail-in-balloting nonsense (Washington Examiner)

  • HUMOR: PR disaster: President Xi forgets to remove “Made in China” tags from coronavirus (The Babylon Bee)

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Video: Man Eats Fish-Tank Cleaner. MSM Blames Trump. — More fake-news indulgence courtesy of the deleterious Leftmedia.

Video: Socialism Doesn’t Work — And It’s Evil — Even if socialism worked (which it doesn’t), more importantly, it’s morally repugnant.

Video: Trump Rises to the Challenge of COVID-19 — Even his enemies seem surprised.


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Insight: “Since people, in a competitive or any other society, are by no means always just to each other, some regulation by the state in its capacity of umpire is unavoidable. What must be kept in mind is that the greatest injustice of all is done when the umpire forgets that he too is bound by the rules, and begins to make them as between contestants in behalf of his own prejudices.” —Felix Morley (1894-1982)

Upright: “As we entrust our lives to God and faithfully carry out our responsibilities, we have an opportunity to demonstrate what hope and peace look like in the midst of death.” —Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

Political futures: “Like Churchill, Trump must have the right information but also the instincts to determine which expert advice is suspect and which is inspired, and which orthodox recommendation is wrong and which unorthodox alternative is right. Do that, and Trump can defeat the virus, save the economy and turn a disaster into a collective American victory over both infection and depression.” —Victor Davis Hanson

Verbal gymnastics: “We have to take care of the cure. That will make the problem worse no matter what — no matter what.” —Joe Biden

Braying jenny: “America is facing a grave health crisis with a serious impact on our economy. I salute the strong leadership of Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats. I especially thank our House Democratic Committee Chairmen, who worked hard to move the Republican proposal from corporations-focused to workers-first and who will now review the legislative text of this agreement with our Caucus.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Braying jackass: “When you look at Trump’s personal businesses, you know that he is losing almost $500,000 a day because six out of his seven hotels are losing money. They are shuttered every day, and that is why our Founding Fathers put the emoluments clause into the Constitution, because our president should be more concerned about the lives of Americans rather than lining his own pockets and I think that’s what this is really about!” —"The View’s" Sunny Hostin

Alpha jackass: “In the days ahead, Trump will ask us to sacrifice the lives of seniors, the unwell, and other Americans vulnerable to COVID-19 to serve his political and other interests.” —Evan McMullin

The BIG Lie: “In the midst of this global pandemic, at this moment of crisis, the president, as he has been doing daily, as he has done since the first case arrived on our shores, went out today and said things that that are flat-out wrong, that are lies and, more than that, that are dangerous. That’s why we did not play you any sound of what he said today because, frankly, the president has become a kind of — well, he’s a genuine threat to public health, his rhetoric at this point, the things he says.” —MSNBC’s Chris Hayes

And last… “We should be most grateful to the doctors, nurses, and hospital staff at the front lines of this thing. But also to the grocery staff and the delivery guys who are still working, without complaint and despite everything, while the rest of us stay at home.” —Rich Lowry

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