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As a deadly virus sweeps across America, it was inevitable that we would also suffer an outbreak of the blame game. With the body count soaring and the economy collapsing, finger-pointing is in full bloom.
Never mind that all the blame in the world will not save a single life or create a job. The game must go on because politics is ultimately a zero-sum affair.
President Trump, of course, is the most common target, and his critics are the usual suspects. Democrats and the media are ganging up to create a narrative that people died because Trump failed to act fast enough.
“As the president fiddles, people are dying,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in announcing an investigation that smells like impeachment 2.0.
She and others cite the president’s reluctance in January and early February to fully grasp the threat of the coronavirus and delays in providing test kits.
They have a point, especially about the testing fiasco. But they conveniently ignore their own culpability.
First, the president was up to his neck in the flimsy Ukraine impeachment case Pelosi and the media cooked up. The final acquittal vote came on Feb. 6, but recall that the accusers, which included every Dem in Congress and the party’s presidential candidates, demanded additional witnesses. Had they gotten their way, the trial would have run through the end of February and maybe into March.
The second fact they ignore is that Trump already had declared a public health emergency over the coronavirus on Jan. 31, barred entry for most people who came from or visited China and put American travelers under quarantine. At the time, there were only seven known cases in the US, with zero deaths.