A common refrain from President Donald Trump’s critics is that he failed to take the coronavirus seriously in the early days of the pandemic. But thanks in large part to Democrats and the media, everyone was focused on something else at the time.
Indeed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recently suggested that Dems’ late 2019 impeachment effort was a distraction for everyone going into what has become a global outbreak. But according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), that excuse from McConnell just goes to show that he and President Trump “cannot handle the job.”
Pelosi piles on
According to Breitbart, Pelosi’s galling comments came during an interview on Wednesday with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.
“You’ve said that the president’s denials of the seriousness of the virus, in the beginning, was deadly, that it cost lives. The president and the Senate majority leader are now suggesting that impeachment distracted the president from responding to the virus,” Cooper said, according to Breitbart. “Do you buy that at all?”
“I think that’s an admission that perhaps the president and the majority leader cannot handle the job,” Pelosi replied. “We have a life-and-death situation in our country, and they should not try to hide behind an excuse for why they did not take action — but it does admit that they did not take action.
“But let’s have an after-action review down the road. Right now, we have to work together to get the job done,” the House speaker added, according to Breitbart.
Sanders joins in
Pelosi isn’t alone in suggesting that President Trump and Sen. McConnell are using the impeachment as an excuse to cover up initial failures; Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said much the same thing during an interview on Wednesday with MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell, Breitbart reported separately.
Asked if it was “fair” for McConnell to blame the distraction of impeachment for the administration’s supposed failures, Sanders replied, “No, I certainly don’t. We have a president who should have listened to what the scientists were telling us, what was common knowledge all over the world, that there was a pandemic coming,” he added.
The Democrat presidential hopeful went on to blast Trump for “totally minimiz[ing] the danger” of the pandemic.
“I think it is clear. He was on television a million times saying don’t worry about it. It’s going to go away by April. It’s not such a big deal. We have very few cases. He totally minimized the danger facing the people of our country, and that has nothing to do with what was going on in Washington,” Sanders said, according to Breitbart. “So it’s — you know, I think a very false statement from McConnell’s point of view.”
Here’s the thing Sanders is missing, though: Democrats like himself and Pelosi, as well as media figures like Cooper and Mitchell, were wholly focused on impeachment throughout January and early February, while — at the same time he was fighting off that impeachment — President Trump established the coronavirus task force, banned all flights from China where the virus originated, and began to take other actions to address the developing crisis that nobody else in Washington was paying any attention to.
Thank goodness someone was looking out for America.