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A registered nurse appeared to surprise a CNN host during a panel discussion of the administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic when she heartily defended President Donald Trump’s actions.
Michele Morrow of North Carolina, who said she has been working in her industry for more than a quarter of a century, was part of a panel of women voters featured during a segment hosted by CNN’s Alisyn Camerota. During the segment, the subject turned to the administration’s coronavirus actions.
“I’m a nurse, and I’ve been a nurse for 27 years. And the response to the pandemic has actually been President Trump’s greatest achievement,” Morrow said.
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“He was the one who closed off all travel at the beginning of February. Do you guys remember what was happening in January? There were no other elected officials that were even thinking about COVID, because they were busy doing their impeachment,” she continued, a statement that triggered a visible response from Camerota.
“Joe Biden, he was the vice president for eight years, so why didn’t they prepare for a pandemic?” Morrow added.
The RN was not the only pro-Trump panel member.
“I’m also a … medical information administrator, worked in hospitals for 25 years,” said Jill Rahrig.
“And I think President Trump actually has done a pretty good job. I’m impressed. I’m impressed with how he has garnered the help of the private sector to help get a vaccine going, bringing the PPEs in. Developing new ventilators. It’s all been good,” she continued.
The president ordered travel from China to the United States closed in late January; he followed that with an order shutting off travel from Europe in mid-March as it became apparent the pandemic was ravaging the continent.
Also, according to then-acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney in late February, the administration attempted to brief members of Congress in mid-January, but hardly anyone showed up.
“My first meeting with Congress, face-to-face, was probably six weeks ago on coronavirus. … We take the medical experts down, we put them in front of Congress five, six weeks ago. Five senators show up. Ten, fifteen members of the House of Representatives show up. We were way ahead [of the issue],” he told economist Stephen Moore during an interview at a Conservative Political Action Conference.
“Just who was asleep, right?” Moore responded.
“Several weeks ago, we put restrictions on travelers coming in from China. We were accused by some on the left of being racist for doing that. I’m not making that up. That was in the press. This was an anti-Asian policy that we’re doing this,” Mulvaney added.
As for Morrow, she has been a supporter of the president and an opponent of her Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, for imposing severe coronavirus lockdown restrictions early on.
She posted a video in late April of a shutdown protest she attended in which she spoke out against Cooper’s order closing ‘non-essential’ businesses.
She also argued that states not hard hit by the virus should reopen, adding that “we cannot allow the issues in big cities to control the rest of our country.”
Speaking at the ‘reopen’ rally, Morrow also said that people who were stricken with other illnesses were “dying from things other than COVID because they can’t go” get medical care “and they can’t have their surgeries and their doctors offices are closed. They’re not wanting to go to the hospital because of fear.”
Morrow also blasted Cooper, saying he has “done nothing to communicate with the people of North Carolina.”
“It’s time for us to reopen America. It’s time for us to reopen North Carolina,” she said.
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