When conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh theorized earlier this week that the institutional left is purposefully trying to politicize coronavirus to hurt President Donald Trump, he suffered mockery and derision from the institutional left.
Yet two days later, a plethora of emerging evidence has provided what appears to be an unbelievably strong bulwark for Limbaugh’s theory.
First, poorly polling Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren has called for funneling money away from border security and to coronavirus prevention programs:
Coronavirus poses a serious health, diplomatic, & economic threat, & we must be prepared to confront it head-on. So I’m introducing a bill to transfer all funding for @realDonaldTrump‘s racist border wall to @HHSGov & @USAID to combat coronavirus. https://t.co/8IEhBWRjeL pic.twitter.com/9oAF0A2lGT
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) February 27, 2020
It seems to many critics as if she’s blatantly trying to politicize coronavirus so as to score points against the president and perhaps boost her ailing campaign.
The evidence includes the fact that this bill would never make it through the GOP-led Senate and, more importantly, the fact that this bill makes zero sense, given that proper coronavirus prevention requires stringent border security.
“The first line of defense against coronavirus is the border. Not just figuratively. Any national border is, by definition, a literal line of defense,” Lew Jan Olowski of the Immigration Reform Law Institute notes.
“Repelling people at the border prevents them from transmitting coronavirus inside the country. Airlines and governments worldwide are taking similar measures. As a result, contagion is slowed and lives are saved.”
And it just so happens that those portions of the president’s wall that have been built thus far have succeeded in “repelling people at the border.”
The border wall system worked exactly as designed. The illicit traffic was slowed down, the detection technology alerted @CBPElCentro USBP agents, agents responded, and the subject was apprehended. pic.twitter.com/N9bLpob9Zg
— CBP (@CBP) December 5, 2019
Yet Warren wants to pull funding away from the wall? Why would that be?
According to critics, the only possible reasons for her proposal are that she’s trying to politicize the coronavirus crisis or she’s simply that stunningly misinformed.
View the growing backlash against her below:
Hey @SenWarren, you insufferable crone, we need resources at the border to make sure we don’t have folks sneaking over with this Wuhan flu causing an epidemic at the southern border. How incredibly dense can you be???
Seriously, stop politicizing threats to American lives!!! https://t.co/ys2uvObB9K
— Shawn (@ShawnLivingLife) February 27, 2020
So how do you control the spread if you can’t control who comes into your country, genius?
— Nick Searcy, INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) February 27, 2020
Which has no chance of passing, so you’re wasting time and our money on a political stunt.
— Common Endeavors (@sonicendeavor) February 27, 2020
And in a twist of vicious irony, part of this $ to fight the coronavirus would necessarily be to monitor people at the borders to ensure more infected people don’t enter.
Thanks for proving why borders are necessary.
— MimBotch (@CBotchis) February 27, 2020
Politicizing a potential health threat. You’re truly an awful person who, thankfully, will never be President
— Scott Akos (@AkosScott) February 27, 2020
Stupid. Just vote to release the $2 billion requested. Quit politicizing what could become a pandemic virus within our borders. If you want to authorize more than so be it.
— Beaver Falls Hosiery (@subBurgher) February 27, 2020
Isn’t controlled imagration a good way to prevent coronavirus from entering & spreading in the U.S.?
— ? ??????? ?? (@MarkBluecheck) February 27, 2020
To combat a highly contagious pandemic, you’d throw open our border to thousands of untested, & unvetted people from all over the world?
This idea is so dangerous I can hardly believe anyone would propose it.
It amounts to a dereliction of your duty to protect the American People https://t.co/vJOpj3YLcq
— Sean Parnell (@SeanParnellUSA) February 27, 2020
If indeed her goal is to politicize the crisis, she’s not alone.
In a statement Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi chastised the president for wanting to relocate money that was allocated in 2014 for the Ebola virus — which is no longer a prominent issue in the U.S. — to coronavirus prevention programs.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi slams President Trump’s dealing with the coronavirus: “Now they’re trying to take the Ebola money and spend it here.” pic.twitter.com/oHXbTuUwgR
— The Hill (@thehill) February 26, 2020
She also accused the Trump administration’s coronavirus response of being “anemic.”
These remarks provoked just as much criticism as Warren’s proposal.
Meanwhile, The New York Times — which is currently facing criticism for uncritically sharing misinformation and/or disinformation about Russian election interference — joined in on the politicization Wednesday by running a stunning column urging the American people to start referring to coronavirus as “Trumpvirus.”
The column prompted even more outrage than Warren’s tweet and Pelosi’s remarks.
So China unleashes a highly viral and significantly deadly virus and actively shuts down information about it, the virus hits every populated continent…and you’re calling it Trumpvirus? https://t.co/6hFZk88uLm
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 27, 2020
The unhinged left is willing to blame anything on @realdonaldtrump regardless of how absurd it is.
The #CoronaVirus started in China, & hasn’t yet become a pandemic in the US.
— Jason Lewis (@LewisForMN) February 27, 2020
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) February 27, 2020
Let’s call it Trump Derangement Syndrome.
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) February 27, 2020
The column’s publication comes only a month after an investigation by the Washington Free Beacon found that “China Daily, an official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, has published hundreds of propaganda articles designed to look like ordinary news stories in some of America’s most influential newspapers,” including the Times.
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