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Liberals Cheering for Coronavirus

Posted on | March 8, 2020 | 3 Comments


On MSNBC, a Friday panel discussion turned into a pep rally for a deadly disease, as Nicolle Wallace and her guests speculated that coronavirus could inflict political damage on President Trump:

Wallace, who worked in the Bush administration during the deadly storm, sees an opportunity for the media to blame President Trump for the virus the same way the media blamed President Bush for Hurricane Katrina.
“We gave them a proof point that we were indeed incompetent and also people died,” Wallace characterized the Bush administration’s response to Katrina. “I mean, this has the making structurally for the same kind of moment for President Trump.”
The panel was optimistic that enough babies, friends, loved ones and old people would perish from the virus that Trump’s solid base of support would finally begin to waver.
“And if there’s any a moment that would shake that 40 percent, the folks that would allow him to shoot someone right down fifth — if there’s any a moment, it’s this one because it’s babies, it’s friends, it’s loved ones,” said Eddie Glaude Jr., an African American Studies professor. “And so it seems to me that this is an event that could take down the president.”

“More people could die, and yet they don’t seem too horrified by that thought, opting instead to focus what effect it might have on Trump? Wow.”

By the way, if you’re a Republican alumnus of Princeton, why would you contribute so much as a nickel to your alma mater? They seem to be operating a partisan political training school nowadays. But more importantly, why is an African American Studies professor on this panel? Wouldn’t a medical professor or a biology professor be more qualified to discuss a public-health crisis? And for those of us who remember Hurricane Katrina, wasn’t the actual failure of emergency response due to the incompetence of local Democratic officials? Remember all those school buses that Mayor Nagin left sitting idle, rather than using them to evacuate the city? Never mind. Facts don’t matter to the MSNBC audience. It’s all about the narrative, and the Katrina narrative was (a) Republicans don’t care if black people die, and (b) global warming.

The only way to counter this kind of spin is to call it out for what it actually is — partisan propaganda. Democrats are willing to exploit natural disasters and diseases in order to win elections, in the same way they exploit poverty and racial division to win elections.



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