Hypocrisy, thy name is liberal.
Within seconds of President Donald Trump delivering a speech late Wednesday announcing a travel ban on all of Europe sans Ireland and the U.K., accusations of incompetency, racism and xenophobia began flying from members of the left.
See just some of the outrage below (*Language warning):
Trump’s Oval Office address was exactly what his Fox wingmen needed – now Sean Hannity et al can celebrate the new travel ban – while evading the real scourge of community spread within the US
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 12, 2020
Why is UK exempted from the travel ban? Here are Stephen Miller and Jared Kushner, the speechwriters, at Buckingham Palace. Maybe should not have pandemic policies made by racists. pic.twitter.com/yQwf9zoxsh
— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) March 12, 2020
Absolute duds out here telling me a Trump travel ban isn’t racist.
— Brandon Bird (@Brandon_Bird) March 12, 2020
This is a political travel ban, not a scientific travel ban. Trump is using the virus to advance his xenophobic agenda while failing to take the appropriate measures to slow the spread of the disease. https://t.co/2GdsmZY2ln
— Mathieu von Rohr (@mathieuvonrohr) March 12, 2020
In the first 30 seconds, President Trump says the virus ‘started in China’ and then calls it a ‘foreign virus’
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 12, 2020
— Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy) March 12, 2020
This is not about stopping the virus. This is about Trump’s anti-Europe obsession
— Ilan Goldenberg (@ilangoldenberg) March 12, 2020
The criticisms were notably devoid of facts.
According to a presidential proclamation issued in tandem with the president’s speech, the restrictions will only apply to foreign nationals — U.S. citizens, permanent residents and their family members are exempted — who’ve traveled within the Schengen Area within 14 days of their scheduled flight to the U.S.
Why the Schengen Area? Because it’s an open-borders zone (which is what some Democrat presidential candidates would like for the U.S. as well) containing 26 European countries, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
“The potential for undetected transmission of the virus by infected individuals seeking to enter the United States from the Schengen Area threatens the security of our transportation system and infrastructure and the national security,” the proclamation reads.
“Given the importance of protecting persons within the United States from the threat of this harmful communicable disease, I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Schengen Area during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.”
The 30-day travel suspension does not apply to American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate family members (spouse and/or minor children) regardless of the family members’ citizenship status. Full text of the proclamation: https://t.co/snchwVHnBD
— US Embassy Madrid (@USembassyMadrid) March 12, 2020
Moreover, the claim the this travel ban will do nothing to stop the spread of the coronavirus isn’t backed by the facts.
During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing Wednesday, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci testified that the president’s original widely panned (by the left) travel ban to China and Iran had been helpful in stymieing the virus’s spread.
“I believe we would be in a worse position [without the bans],” he reportedly said when asked about the Trump administration’s response.
He added that the key going forward is to continue with proper “containment.”
“Whenever you look at the history of outbreaks, what you see now in an uncontained way and although we are containing it in some respects, we keep getting people coming into the country that are travel-related, we’ve seen that in many of the states that are now involved … ,” he said.
“We will see more cases and things will get worse than they are right now. How much worse they get will depend on our ability to do two things: To contain the influx of people who are infected coming from the outside and the ability to contain and mitigate within our own country. Bottom line, it’s going to get worse.”
The president later addressed this very concern in his speech Wednesday evening.
“To keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days. The new rules will go into effect Friday at midnight. These restrictions will be adjusted subject to conditions on the ground,” he said in a speech delivered from the Oval Office.
Listen to the whole speech below:
Of course, members of the left have focused only on Fauci saying “it’s going to get worse” and not even an iota on his praise of the administration’s efforts.
Meanwhile, Dr. Margaret Harris of the World Health Organization has slammed the president’s new ban, reportedly saying, “We are not keen on travel bans generally because it makes the country concerned focus on managing their borders rather than focusing on what we’d like to see.”
But based on the organization’s Chinese Wuhan coronavirus guidelines, which include detailed instructions on speaking about the virus in a way that cannot be perceived as racist, it seems like the organization’s focus isn’t on stopping the virus’s spread but rather on creating a child-like utopia where it’s illegal to hurt someone’s feelings.
Describing the organization’s guidelines earlier this month, conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh noted, “You are forbidden from talking about people transmitting it. You are not to use terminology like infecting others or spreading the virus. You know why? Because it implies intentional transmission and assigns blame, and you can’t do that. So you cannot talk about people transmitting it, you can’t talk about people infecting others, and you cannot talk about the spreading of virus because that’s discriminatory, it’s mean, and it’s assigning blame.”
The fact that the same people echoing such rhetoric are also the same ones upset over his travel bans has led some to wonder, “Wtf is wrong with these people.”
It’s racist to shut down travel from places that are heavily diseased
It’s racist to identify where that disease came from
Wtf is wrong with these people
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) March 12, 2020
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