A doctor who appeared as a guest on Fox News late Wednesday earned praise from the left and criticism from the right for his attacks on the Trump administration.
Appearing on FNC’s “The Story with Martha MacCallum,” Dr. Rishi Desai of the medical technology company Osmosis blamed the Trump administration for the delayed testing response to the global coronavirus pandemic.
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“They should have been working on [producing quick coronavirus tests] for months,” he said to host Martha MacCallum. “The fact is we knew about this from the [World Health Organization] when? December 31st, 2019. So last year, we knew about this.”
“We knew coronavirus is coming. We knew it was a respiratory disease. We knew it’s person-to-person. Why is it that it’s this week that the FDA finally approves these kind of new Abbott Laboratories testing?”
He was wrong.
It was late last week, in fact, that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted the medical devices and health care company Abbott Laboratories authority to begin distributing a new coronavirus testing kit that works in as few as five minutes.
Second, the World Health Organization spent months repeatedly providing cover for the Communist Party of China by echoing its since-debunked claims that the coronavirus is nothing to worry about.
Case in point:
Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China🇨🇳. pic.twitter.com/Fnl5P877VG
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 14, 2020
WHO didn’t declare coronavirus a “public health emergency of international concern” until Jan. 31. A day after the declaration, President Donald Trump “suspended entry into the United States by any foreign nationals who had traveled to China in the past 14 days,” as reported by The New York Times.
At the time, the mainstream media responded by labeling the president’s ban racist or, in the case of the Times, describing it as “more of an emotional or political reaction.”
That assertion turned out to be wrong.
Months later, the same class of left-wingers who were triggered by the president’s travel ban on China are now thrilled by Desai’s decision to blame the Trump administration for what WHO claims has been a slow global response to the coronavirus crisis.
Thank you Dr. Rishi Desai for telling the truth on FAUX news. They are still not testing people and turning them away.
— BallerAlert (@balleralert) April 2, 2020
Dr. Desai goes on Fox News and blows up Donald Trump’s lies https://t.co/d8bgIJu93Q
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) April 2, 2020
“WHO told us 12/31/19. We knew last year this was coming. Why are we only NOW getting tests?”—@RishiDesaiMD
Share this Fox News clip of Dr. Desai with every person who still doesn’t understand how the WH’s total failure in testing is why we are here.pic.twitter.com/WpDwktZb0b
— Qasim Rashid for Congress (@QasimRashid) April 2, 2020
— Ahmed Shihab-Eldin (@ASE) April 2, 2020
— Jeff Dwoskin Says Stay HOME (@bigmacher) April 2, 2020
Here’s a rare moment when actual reality collides with the alternate universe that is fox “news.” Dr. Desai with no tolerance for lies.
Now if only the audience would listen. https://t.co/6noYxjCUja
— James Michael Sama (@JamesMSama) April 2, 2020
Conversely, his remarks have provoked criticism from the right.
No — we didn’t know about this from the WHO in late December. They were literally Tweeting that there was no evidence of person to person transmission on January 14th: https://t.co/qUMVcI221L
This doctor is lying, period. https://t.co/6gjaK3zW6d
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 2, 2020
Desai continued his statements on FNC by comparing the United States’ coronavirus response to that of South Korea, a significantly smaller nation that’s been more successful in limiting the virus’s spread.
“You look at South Korea and the U.S. had their first official confirmed case on the same date, January 19th,” he said. “You look at what South Korea did and what we did. Their population is one-sixth of ours.”
“Look at the cases they have. Look at the mortality they have. It’s a trifle compared to what we’re dealing with right now because we’ve had a very weak response and they’ve had a very strong response.”
He was right about South Korea. The Asian nation responded earlier than any other nation on the globe by initiating wide-scale coronavirus testing as early as January.
However, the belief by his fact-free groupies that the Trump administration is alone in its delayed response — and thus effectively responsible for the coronavirus’s spread throughout the entire nation — is laughably false.
It neglects so many facts, including that both the Democrat Party and its left-wing media allies all originally downplayed the threat posed by the virus:
Pelosi Accuses #PresidentTrump Of Delay
While SHE Encouraged Constituents To
“Come To Chinatown”
Before You Lecture Us About The #WuhanVirus
— Dr. Marty Fox 🇺🇸 (@DrMartyFox) April 1, 2020
How many San Franciscans died because she told them to go shopping in China town to prove they weren’t racist because Trump said China flu?
— Fred Welch (@fjw09080) April 2, 2020
There has been a genre of “official misinformation” where Washington Post, Wired, USA Today, BuzzFeed, etc have posted dangerously trivial headlines comparing coronavirus to the flu.
Fortunately, NYT has been publishing the science from NEJM, Lancet, CDC, WHO. Credit where due. pic.twitter.com/cbkE4ipq10
— Balaji S. Srinivasan (@balajis) February 2, 2020
“Legal Analysis” 😂 pic.twitter.com/n9kqYfnya1
— Kaye (@Liberty4Life73) March 30, 2020
It also ignores the words of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, who’s tried repeatedly to explain to the stubborn press that the blame for the government’s “delayed” response to the crisis lies squarely with China and its communist government.
His latest explanation came Tuesday after a CNN “journalist” asked whether coronavirus death models would have predicted fewer deaths had the Trump administration taken mitigation efforts earlier.
“[I]f there was no virus in the background, there was nothing to mitigate,” he said. “If there was a virus there that we didn’t know about, then the answer to your question is probably yes,” Fauci replied.
These remarks were of course ignored by the same media “journalists” who rushed to share Desai’s words and praise him for his alleged truth-telling.
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