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OT: After Trump banned travel from China, Biden called him racist
Back on Jan 31, POTUS Trump ACTED to slow coronavirus spread,
but as typical, was criticised by Democrats and media.
Only 2 countries imposed travel moratoriums as soon as the US did.
But a couple days later many countries had.
Errors in Joe Bidens’ Big Speech on the Coronavirus.
March 14, 2020 by Staff
Filed under Health, News, Opinion, Politics, Weekly Columns
(ThyBlackMan.com) In 2014, former Obama Defense Secretary Robert Gates
famously attacked then-Vice President Joe Biden as “wrong on nearly
every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past
four decades.” On Thursday, Biden made a major speech criticizing
President Trump’s travel ban, warning that it will not stop the spread
of the virus and that Trump is racist. That he rejects Trump’s isolationism.
It is a constant theme that Biden has been taking, but he misses the
point that Trump wants to slow the spread of the virus and help medical
facilities deal with the inflow of cases.
On January 31st, when Trump suspended the entry of all non-US citizens
coming from China, Biden attacked Trump as racist. “This is no time for
Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia – hysterical xenophobia
– and fearmongering to lead the way instead of science,” Biden claimed.
In Biden’s defense, while the World Health Organization (WHO) had the
day before finally classified the coronavirus (COVID-19) as a global
emergency, it also urged countries not to restrict travel or trade.
Earlier this week, Joe Biden attacked Trump as “racist” for retweeting a
reference to COVID-19 as the “China virus.” And again, during Biden’s
address on the disease on Thursday, he repeated the condemnation. Saying
that “Labeling COVID-19 as a foreign virus” was “xenophobia.”
Given the virus originated in China, this seems like a simple factual
reference to the origins of the virus. The Spanish Flu got its name
because news coverage at the time made it seem that the virus originated
there. Ebola was named after a river in Africa. The Zika virus name came
from a forest in Africa. But no one accuses the media of being “racist”
and anti-black every time they refer to the Ebola or Zika viruses. Or
that they are anti-Hispanic when they use the term “Spanish Flu.”
In late January, when the US State Department advised Americans against
traveling to China’s Hubei province, the epicenter of the disease
outbreak, Biden attacked this announcement saying: “the steps [Trump]
has taken as president have only weakened our capacity to respond.”
Only Israel and Australia imposed travel moratoriums as soon as the US
did. But by just a few days later, on February 2nd, 2020, 22 countries
had imposed some form of travel restrictions on people coming from
China. Over 40 countries had bans in place by the end of February.
Limiting contact with countries that have much higher infection and
death rates is a commonsense move.
Biden is correct that Trump’s travel ban won’t stop the spread of the
virus, but that isn’t the reason for the ban. It is to slow the spread
of the disease and make the coming onslaught of patients more manageable.
There are about 95,000 staffed intensive care unit beds in the US. Our
system will probably be inadequate to handle the inflow of patients. On
average, about two-thirds of those beds are already taking care of
patients at any given time, with more beds filled during winter months.
Delaying some cases until spring will make it possible to provide
medical care to more people who contract the virus. It is also an
attempt to buy time for determining treatments that might help save lives.
With 1,016 deaths in Italy as of March 12th, compared to the 40 in the
US, Italy’s medical system hasn’t been able to meet the burdens it
faces. They have to triage patients and decline care to people who they
would normally treat if they had the resources. “These are the choices I
would have never wanted to make,” Dr. Francesca Mangiatordi told the
Wall Street Journal. “It’s somewhat like being in war.”
There have been real problems with the lack of testing for the virus.
But here is the irony. Which candidate has warned about the dangers of
regulations? Trump or any of the Democratic presidential candidates?
Take what happened with Dr. Helen Y. Chu and her colleagues at the
University of Washington and the Seattle Flu Study. They faced one
regulatory delay after another in getting permission from the CDC to
investigate what has been the deadliest outbreak in the US, accounting
for 31 of the 40 deaths. The CDC was insisting that their labs first go
through certification for clinical work, a process that would take
weeks. But with lives on the line, Chu and her colleagues felt it would
be unethical for them not to act, and they began performing coronavirus
tests without government approval.
Possibly Biden and other Democrats are so committed to open borders they
see restrictions as racist. Just last year in the Democratic
presidential debate in Miami, Biden raised his hand in support of
decriminalization of the border. When pressed further, he passionately
spoke out in favor of not deporting people who were in the US illegally.
Possibly Democrats are primed to criticize Trump no matter what he does.
But Trump’s approach is based on solid science, and the Democrats have
to bear some responsibility for delays in testing that occurred because
of the oppressive regulatory environment that they have continuously
Written by John R. Lott, Jr.
Official website; https://twitter.com/johnrlottjr
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