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President Trump appointed Vice President Mike Pence to lead the effort to protect the United States against the coronavirus pandemic at a press conference Wednesday evening.
The coronavirus, known as COVID-19, originated in Wuhan City, China, and is estimated to have killed 2,800 people worldwide. It has infected around 83,000, mostly older people. The virus is active in China, Italy, Iran, Japan, South Korea, and many other nations. America has 60 confirmed cases, with no fatalities. It is a respiratory illness, with symptoms including shortness of breath, fever, and cough.
Although the virus is cause for concern, the left, particularly the mainstream media, is using the coronavirus to spread hysteria and put scrutiny on the Trump administration for their response. Unfortunately, the left cannot let anything go without being politicized, despite the coronavirus being a major health crisis.
Criticizing Pence’s Position and Blaming Trump for the Virus
On Wednesday, The New York Times published an opinion piece titled “Let’s Call it Trumpvirus” by columnist Gail Collins, making it clear that she does not approve of the choice to appoint Pence as the Coronavirus Czar. The article continues to mock the response by the President and the Executive Branch, claiming that “Chances are, if the president is encouraged to mix the subjects of coronavirus and Mexico walls, he’ll suddenly announce that we need a barrier much bigger and thicker and more expensive, so it can stop the flow of immigrant germs.”
Although being critical of the Executive Branch’s response to the public health crisis is completely acceptable, the title and the overall theme of the op-ed is intended to create hysteria and put the blame on a single group of people who have little power of the spread of coronavirus. The left will try to blame everything on Trump, including a pandemic that started outside the United States.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi Creating Divide in Press Conference
During Nancy Pelosi’s press conference Thursday morning, Pelosi made it clear that she wants to “work in a bipartisan fashion in Congress and with the administration to achieve this necessary goal.” However, Pelosi contradicts herself by giving divisive statements throughout the conference, especially mentioning how she “expressed to [Pence] the concern that [she] had of [him] being in this position.”
Pelosi has been in public service for decades and should be better aware of the fear among the American people (mostly due to the media) about the coronavirus. Instead of publicly creating distrust about the officials in charge of the effort to contain the pandemic, Pelosi should be privately working to assure that Americans stay healthy and safe. By insulting Pence, she is furthering partisan politics with an issue that certainly does not need it.
Media Overhyping, Not Putting Focus on Right Statistics
Due to the coronavirus being largely in China, fears about trade and the economy as a whole have caused a major market selloff, with the Dow Jones having the biggest point drop in history Thursday, going down just under 1,200 points. As economic concerns usually make for strong news stories, the media is using the Dow Jones as another tool to spread fear about the virus, signaling the potential for a significant economic crisis. When the media has people more focused on television and the internet because of the fear of impending doom, they make money.
Perhaps the biggest issue with the coronavirus panic from the media and the left is how they are ignoring another killer: the flu. A CDC estimate from October to February reveals that roughly 29 to 41 million Americans have gotten the flu during this period and that up to 41,000 Americans have died of the flu. The only reason that the media is not covering this, despite being more deadly and contagious, is because it is common.
The mainstream media and the liberal politicians that support it are taking advantage of the coronavirus to further spread their hate for President Trump and disdain for the average American. Everyone should be aware and prepared for the changes that will come with the coronavirus outbreak but need to remain logical and realistic about the disease. People are naturally prone to hysteria, and coronavirus is a prime example.
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