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In a stunning rewrite of history, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday tore into President Donald Trump’s coronavirus response, blasting him for his purported “denial” of the crisis and his purported “misrepresentations” of the facts.
She trotted out these dubious accusations during an interview on PBS’s “NewsHour” in which host Judy Woodruff challenged none of her claims — and in which she, Pelosi, had a facial mask hanging off her neck as if she were a cowboy.
The claims began pouring out of the speaker after Woodruff asked her to cite the factors that have been “impeding the ability of the federal government to address this” crisis.
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“What is impeding the federal government from addressing the COVID-19 crisis is the president’s denial, delay in all of this,” Pelosi replied. “And that has been deadly.”
“Science, science, science. He has refused. We are insisting on the truth. And the president is engaged in a series of misrepresentations to the American people. And that is the impediment.”
But the president began taking actions to stymie the spread of the coronavirus in late January by instituting a ban blocking foreigners traveling to the U.S. from China. At the time, the entire Democrat Party rushed to malign the ban as “racist” and “xenophobic.”
During the 2020 State of the Union address days later on Feb. 4, Trump spoke in more detail about the seriousness of the coronavirus threat.
“Protecting Americans’ health also means fighting infectious diseases. We are coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the coronavirus outbreak in China. My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat,” he said.
Pelosi ignored this portion of the speech to play with her papers.
FLASHBACK: Nancy Pelosi completely ignored President Trump as he was talking about the looming threat of the coronavirus during his State Of The Union speech. pic.twitter.com/ELSSuFdxzq
— MRCTV.org (@mrctv) April 5, 2020
After the conclusion of the entire speech, Pelosi ripped up her copy of it.
Weeks later in late February, she attended a packed event in Chinatown for the sole purpose of downplaying the then-growing threat of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi toured San Francisco’s Chinatown Monday to send a message. She said there’s no reason tourists or locals should be staying away from the area because of coronavirus concerns,” Bay Area station KNTV reported on Feb. 24.
“So, that’s why we want people to come to Chinatown. Don’t be afraid. Enjoy it all. It’s beautiful and there are some good bargains here now, so it’s a good time to come,” the speaker said while visiting the Asian community.
Too late Nancy pic.twitter.com/CSPdTUet7u
— Taina 🇵🇷 (@belovedsyem) April 15, 2020
“I have tried to act in a bipartisan way,” the speaker continued Tuesday. “As I said, three bills in March, bipartisan. Easter, I had sort of an epiphany, an epiphany on Easter, that said, ‘We must call out the truth on this.’”
“Because we cannot – It’s one thing to overlook what happened in the past and be sad about that. It’s another thing to let the misrepresentations continue.”
She did NOT try “to act in a bipartisan way.”
Pelosi spent days blocking one coronavirus emergency spending package last month in an open attempt to stuff it with a slew of unrelated measures. She and her Senate colleagues doubled down this month by pulling the same stunt and holding up another relief bill designed to aid struggling small businesses.
Continuing her rant on PBS, the speaker then began playing the blame game.
“And so that’s why I am saying that he’s a poor leader,” he said. “He ignores his own responsibility and assigns blame, instead of taking responsibility, paying attention to science, recognizing the word – the role of governance in all of this to get the job done for the American people.”
“And so he’s engaged in distractions like immigration, distractions like supporting people in the street. They are all distractions away from the fact, the known fact, that he’s a total failure when it comes to testing.”
Yet Democrats have continually ignored their own responsibility in downplaying the coronavirus and are now ignoring a hash of scientific studies whose results suggest that the coronavirus death rate is significantly lower than what’s being reported.
A study out of Los Angeles County says that 4.1% of the population had the virus – meaning that up to 442,000 adults were infected.
If that’s true, the death rate would be much lower than predicted.
If this is true, it’s a big step towards getting things back to normal. Amen!
— DeAnna Lorraine 🇺🇸 (@DeAnna4Congress) April 21, 2020
It’s in part because of these studies — and also in part because of the economic hell that’s been engendered by the ongoing lockdowns — that so many Americans are protesting the lockdowns and demanding they be allowed to return to work.
As for the president’s new temporary ban on all immigration, evidence strongly suggests it’s one of the best approaches to stymie the disease’s spread.
The evidence concerns what’s happening in Singapore, where the virus is making a reemergence because of immigrant workers.
“Singapore has seen its biggest number of new cases in a single day, driven by increased testing of foreign workers,” the BBC has confirmed. “Once praised for its success in containing the virus, Singapore is now facing a surge of infections linked to industrial worksites and tightly packed worker dormitories.”
“On Thursday, 728 new cases were reported, bringing the total number of cases to 4,427. Almost 90% of these infections have been linked to these workers.”
None of these facts were brought to Pelosi’s attention by Woodruff.
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