House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has come out with guns blazing against Donald Trump’s coronavirus response in recent days.
Some of the comments Pelosi has made about Trump are leading to speculation that she is preparing to initiate another impeachment push once the coronavirus crisis is over.
The California Democrat has blamed thousands of deaths from coronavirus on President Trump. Pelosi cites the president’s response — which she characterizes as denial — as the reason why she thinks he is culpable for the death toll now being seen. There is a growing suspicion that she intends to use this as a means to get another crack at the impeachment that Democrats botched just a few months ago.
Enough blame to go around
It is undeniable that the federal government’s response — and most of the world’s for that matter — to the novel coronavirus could have been faster. However, that failure to act immediately is attributable to every layer of the bureaucracy and cannot be laid at the president’s feet alone.
Pelosi said in a Sunday interview with CNN, “The president’s denial at the beginning was deadly. His delay in getting equipment to where it’s needed is deadly … As the president fiddles, people are dying.”
She continued by saying, “I don’t know what the scientists said to him … What did he know and when did he know it? That’s for an after-action review,” indicating that she’s looking for another opportunity to launch an investigation into Trump’s actions.
President Trump, like most world leaders, may not have taken the threat seriously enough in the very early days, but Pelosi completely failed to mention that Trump shut down travel from China while she was busy concentrating the entire legislative branch’s energy on her failed impeachment scheme.
The president has been extremely proactive in the past few weeks in terms of combating the virus. He has shown that he is decisive enough to lead our nation in a time of crisis, but Pelosi is always looking for a new opportunity to tear him down.
Pelosi’s attack on Trump in which she blamed him for thousands of deaths is a disingenuous deflection of her own role in downplaying the seriousness of the threat.
At the end of February, even as several coronavirus cases had popped up in her own congressional district, Pelosi toured San Francisco’s Chinatown and encouraged visitors to not be afraid to patronize the tourism hotspot. This decision was made in the face of the growing realization of how dangerous the coronavirus truly was.
While Trump began acting on the problem as far back as January, Democrats sat back and claimed Trump was a racist for trying to hold China accountable for exposing the world to the deadly illness.
It was Democrats who were minimizing the danger the entire time. Leftist media outlets refused to acknowledge that international travel was a key factor in the spread of coronavirus, all the while panicking about perceived xenophobia, and Pelosi was right there with them.