After watching political narrative engineering for years, this attempt was predictable. The reason why CTH maintains a “pinned thread” on the White House COVID-19 response from January and February of 2020 is specifically because we knew the narrative engineers would attempt to weaponize the politics of the virus later in the election year.
We knew the narrative engineers would flip the script. Today they did exactly that.
The day after President Trump established a “coronavirus taskforce”, on January 31, 2020, the Washington Post published an article saying that President Trump was hyping the concern over COVID-19 in response to him shutting down travel and implementing major restrictions:
The Trump administration on Friday dramatically escalated its response to the fast-spreading coronavirus epidemic by announcing quarantines and major travel restrictions that officials said were meant to limit contagion.
The White House declared a “public health emergency” and — beginning on Sunday at 5 p.m. — will bar non-U.S. citizens who recently visited China from entering the United States, subject to a few exemptions. Shortly after the White House announced the new restrictions and said there were six confirmed U.S. cases, a seventh case was confirmed in Santa Clara County, Calif.[…] “This is a serious health situation in China, but I want to emphasize that the risk to the American public currently is low,” said Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Our goal is to do all we can do to keep it that way.” […] Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that the process for testing people for the new strain of coronavirus had proved very imprecise so far and that this is one of the reasons for the aggressive U.S. response. (link)
Within hours of President Trump’s decision to restrict travel from China on Jan. 31, top Democrats and media figures immediately derided the move as unnecessary and xenophobic.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden led the way, quickly attacking what he called Trump’s “record of hysteria, xenophobia and fear-mongering” after the travel restrictions were announced. A Jan. 31 article in The New York Times quoted epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm as saying that Trump’s decision to restrict travel from China was “more of an emotional or political reaction.”
In March, another Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, conspicuously insisted at a Fox News town hall that he wouldn’t consider closing the U.S. border to prevent the spread of coronavirus, before condemning what he called the president’s xenophobia. The overwhelming narrative was that President Trump’s proactive measures were fear-mongering and intended to produce panic.
Now we fast-forward to today… predictably, as if on the anticipated cue…. the exact same outlet, the Washington Post, now says President Trump “downplayed” the danger.
Well, don’t expect WaPo to bring this up. The liberal media just blurts out whatever serves the liberal cause with no thought nor care about how they might have to walk back or explain any embarrassing mistakes or contradictions. For, they don’t have to worry about their dim-witted and short-memory span followers think (and they damn sure don’t care what we think) because those guys just LOVE to be lied to.
Yes we saw the you tube vids of the China/democrat response with human slaves dropping dead outside communist free heath care hospitals.
Trump believed the CDC had a handle on the situation when the first few cases showed up, he then found out they were tied with red tape and useless policies and bad testing, had to form a taskforce. Mobilizing government resources and private industry looking for a way to stamp out a virus that the Democrat machine allowed to run rampant, hey lets not be racist celebrate Chinese New Year, clean public transit systems that crazy talk. Having Faux xi on the team had a disasterous effect, but the Media loved him he was a technocrat to the core.
Now Biden says he will do what Trump did months ago.
Did you know H1N1 is a variant of the Spanish flu? Viruses mutate rapidly waiting for a vaccine is insane.
No bombshells the entire process has been transparent the MSM did not want to show the virus briefings with all the actions taken by the team calling them Trump rallies. I remember ventilators ventilators endlessly, then masks masks, no intelligent informative style questions. Not 1 person that needed a ventilator went without one, masks you can get them everywhere.
They are just trying to divert attention from the communist democrat riots. Has Joe denouned BLM inc. and its chants of DEATH TO AMERICA?
Even The Hill wanted to get in on the “fake” news gig. Except…………
Twitter warriors rubbed that egg right into The Hill’s face:
Of course, The Hill decided to delete their twitter (cowards, that they are) as if it was never there.
The old liberal main stream media has yet to learn that there is a new kid on the block and they are not going to be able to push their falsehoods and lies like they used to.
The Biden Virus Debacle Timeline:
Rove reported on Biden’s plan of January 27th, which Biden put in an op-ed. Biden wrote he would give the President authority to declare a pandemic, which he already has and did. Biden said he’s also going to set up a global health service to help people around the world. Rove didn’t think much of that.
On the 31st, Trump put in the China travel ban and Biden said it was xenophobic and racist. Immediately before, Biden’s advisers said a travel ban is premature and the President should “stop panicking.” On February 6th, Biden’s advisers said it’s not very likely it will be a serious pandemic and in a lethal form, it will be negligible.
On February 11 and 13, Ron Klein, Biden’s adviser said it’s not serious. We aren’t facing a health epidemic, we’re facing a fear epidemic. It was an attack on the President for raising concerns.
On the 20th, Biden adviser Zeke Emanuel said this is all an overreaction.
On the 23rd, Pelosi told everyone to gather in Chinatown.
On the 29th, Zeke said the masks do not work (that is the day the first American dies from COV).
On March 12th, the day the President is putting in a ban on Europe, Lisa Monaco, a top adviser to Biden and Biden himself, go out and team up to say the European travel ban is unnecessary. It’s premature.
Biden said nothing about a lockdown, masks, social distancing, the National Defense Production Act until after the President raised these issues.
This clown Biden is telling everyone if people had listened to him, people wouldn’t be dead, but it is not what he said.
@Meremortal: Democrats don’t care to be reminded of facts.