Originally posted April 21, 2020.
The national response to coronavirus “cannot be understood in isolation from the part it has played in the larger anti-Trump melodrama,” argues Roger Kimball in Specatator.us.
On 31 January, Trump suspended air travel from China. The Democrats and press went nuts, charging the president with xenophobia and accusing him of racism. Then began the charge of Trump’s overreacting to coronavirus.
President Trump’s First Instinct Was Correct
The public saw a president who, in his concern for the welfare of the American people, communicated sober competence and steady confidence. They also saw a press swept away by extraordinary delusions and partisan madness.
I have always thought that shutting down the country in response to a pathogen which harmfully affects only a tiny part of the population — a part, moreover, that can be kept safe by less extreme measures — was madness.
But the response to coronavirus cannot be understood in isolation from the part it has played in the larger anti-Trump melodrama.
Pussy Hats in It for the Long Haul
Mr. Kimball admits that he was wrong in thinking the hysteria and blind hatred for Trump would abate when “the pussy-hats grew tired of screaming about the president’s crudity, and got back to their Pilates and complaining about how unfair life in modern America was for women.”
I was wrong; Jim Acosta and the other hysterics were in it for the long haul. They would never give up, never surrender. The Deep State went into overdrive, an immune system on red alert to expel the foreign invader. White cells from the FBI, the CIA, the State Department, and the Executive Branch were secreted into the system to destroy the pathogen that was Donald Trump.
They Never Stop
But as I say, they never stop. Someone woke up and said: ‘Let’s make up a story about how Trump colluded with the Russians to steal the election and then we can get rid of him.’ They gave it their best shot, but it didn’t work. Then someone said, ‘Trump talked to the president of Ukraine and mentioned Joe Biden’s son Hunter. Let’s try to impeach him over it!’ That didn’t work either.
Now We Have This Nasty Virus
The public panicked, the market crashed, millions are out of work. And some said, ‘Let’s blame Trump for the virus and do everything we can to prolong the lockdown, which will keep the economy, one of Trump’s greatest boasts, in shambles.’