As I noted earlier this week, the left has nothing to offer on the coronavirus debate but hate and vitriol. The Trump administration is calling the shots, not Chuck Schumer, not Nancy Pelosi, not The New York Times.
Of course, that’s not stopping the left from carping, complaining, and offering unsolicited advice. But its progressive prescriptions are absurd. For example:
CNN complained about the racial makeup of the administration’s coronavirus task force. Just more evidence of how far the “woke” left has strayed from Martin Luther King’s dream that we should judge people not based on the color of their skin but on their abilities and the content of their character.
MSNBC is fretting about xenophobia. The left-wing media outlet Vox lectured us on “the history of racism and ‘cleanliness.’”
“Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd suggested that Trump is to blame for the coronavirus panic, saying, “You reap what you sow.” In Todd’s twisted mind, there is panic because no one trusts the government to handle the crisis because Trump has attacked and undermined our vital institutions. Again, this is total nonsense. The Deep State has been doing its best to attack and undermine Trump since before he was elected.
Meanwhile, the left can barely contain its glee over the fear currently roiling the financial markets. It’s not surprising. It doesn’t have much to run on.
Its radical policies — open borders, abortion on demand, free healthcare for illegal aliens, and much more — are tremendously unpopular.
Its candidates are not compelling.
Its convention could turn into a civil war.
But it’s just giddy about coronavirus!
By the way, Democrats have repeatedly complained in recent days that Trump cut the budgets of critical health-related agencies. This charge came up several times during the South Carolina Democrat debate. The only problem is that it is false.
An Associated Press fact check found that while Trump’s budgets have proposed certain cuts, Congress ignored them and actually increased funding. “The National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aren’t suffering from budget cuts that never took effect.”
The Associated Press also rejected Chuck Todd’s claims that Trump has undermined the government’s response, writing:
The public health system has a playbook to follow for pandemic preparation — regardless of who’s president… Those plans were put into place in anticipation of another flu pandemic, but are designed to work for any respiratory-borne disease.
We Have a Winner!
After 25 days and a partial recount, we finally have a declared winner in the Iowa Democrat caucuses. In a statement Thursday, the Iowa Democrat Party declared, “The recount process resulted in no change to the National Delegate allocation."
Translation: Pete Buttigieg wins and will receive 14 delegates. Bernie Sanders finished second and gets 12 delegates.
Except that the Associated Press isn’t buying it. While acknowledging that the results will be certified Saturday, the Associated Press declared that it will not call a winner due to "remaining concerns about whether the results as reported by the party are fully accurate."
In related news, new polling shows Bernie Sanders with big leads over his closest competitors in upcoming Super Tuesday states. For example:
Sanders is up 17 points over Elizabeth Warren in California (34% to 17%).
He’s up 12 points over Warren in Colorado (27% to 15%).
He’s is up nine points over Joe Biden in Virginia (28% to 19%).
And Sanders (26%) is up six points over Biden (20%) and Bloomberg (20%) in Texas.
Bloomberg and the Mosque
I’ve heard some people suggest that Michael Bloomberg is the "moderate” in the Democrat race, primarily because he’s defending capitalism and calling out Sanders’s socialism. That doesn’t make him moderate.
Bloomberg is promoting a host of big-government solutions and always sides with the radical left in the culture wars. From banning guns to Big Gulps, Bloomberg is anything but moderate. He’s a left-wing elitist who thinks he knows best how to run your life.
If you need any more evidence, let’s go back a few years to the great national debate over the proposed Ground Zero mosque.
A CBS News poll found that 71% of Americans opposed the construction of a mosque just two blocks from the site of the 9/11 attacks, where 3,000 Americans were murdered by radical Islamic supremacists. Many 9/11 families led protests against the mosque.
But Bloomberg aggressively defended the Ground Zero mosque when he was mayor of New York City. At the time he said, “I think it’s fair to say if somebody was going to try, on that piece of property, to build a church or a synagogue, nobody would be yelling and screaming.”
Could you be more tone-deaf?!
Actually, there was a church even closer to Ground Zero that was trying to rebuild, and it spent years fighting Bloomberg’s bureaucrats.
And Bloomberg is still unapologetic about his support for the Ground Zero mosque. In fact, he’s campaigning on it, even tweeting about it this week.
By the way, another great American stepped up at the time, hoping to resolve the dispute over the mosque. His name was Donald Trump.
Trump offered to buy out the mosque’s investors, and he even offered a very generous 25% premium, in order to “end a very serious, inflammatory, and highly divisive situation.”