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As Virus Retreats – Hit Critics with Hard Facts

factsOnce COVID-19 is behind us, the blame game begins. Keep hard facts front of mind.

Expect critics – especially in the media – to tell us they knew better. If we had only listened, all would have been well.  Of course, most were trying to trip Trump, forget China, listen to W.H.O., get airtime, hoard toilet paper and ice cream. Never mind.

If a second wave comes, despite rising test availability, immunities, treatments and inoculations, these wonderchildren will pile on.  They will say our economy should stay shut, imply preventing the last COVID-19 death warrants jumps in domestic abuse, drug overdoses, cancers, heart attacks, suicides, small business bankruptcies, amputated educations, and runaway federal debt.  Most of these wonderchildren are not economists.

To borrow from Ronald Reagan, “facts are stubborn things.”  Here are a few.

Hard fact One:  Communist China bears responsibility for this crisis, not Trump. China saw the first case November 17, 2019, and hid it. They initiated a military-style denial and deception campaign, complete with suppression of medical voices, destruction of evidence, dissemination of global propaganda.

Timelines matter. In December 2019, Chinese doctors, including Li Wenliang of Wuhan, tried to alert the world about the virus. They were silenced. Li Wenliang died on February 6th.  Also in December, Communist leaders learned from samples that the virus was deadly, replicating, transmissible and resembled the 2002 SARS virus. They issued a “gag order” and destroyed the samples.

The samples would have identified strain and origins – namely, bat-to-human and almost certainly Wuhan’s Virology Institute. China propagated the idea that it came from Wuhan’s “wet market,” for dead produce – only bats are not sold there, nor eaten in that region of China. The institute is known for research on bat-to-human coronavirus transmission.

Late January, China stopped domestic travel from Wuhan, but encouraged international. China’s leaders knew the potential impact on world health and economies, but did nothing.  Worse, China enlisted the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros (a non-physician), to deny danger.  Tedros, previously accused of covering up a 2017 cholera epidemic, ignored Taiwan data and defended China.

In what was described as a “bizarre” statement, he demanded “gratitude and respect” for Communist China, minimizing risk of transmission, lethality and China’s role in covering-up truth. These statements proved false, calls for resignation followed, and Trump demanded an investigation. Tedros in April said “please don’t politicize the virus.”

The timeline is damning. China – caught lying – suddenly threatened to withhold life-saving drugs from the United States on March 13.   They delayed shipments of protective equipment and sent defective equipment to Europe. They promulgated wild-eyed stories putting blame on the United States.

Sadly, Western media bought into the Chinese propaganda, contriving ways to blame President Trump for not arresting spread of the novel coronavirus. The New York Times only reported a death in China on January 10, AP News later, other Western media only confirmed China as virus source mid-March. Media – including the Washington Post – threw cold water on links to the Chinese Virology Institute, defended WHO’s statements.  Only when the US and allied intelligence confirmed China’s coverup, did anti-Trump media start to pivot.

Missed in all this is a nimble president’s instincts. Despite critics, Trump closed entry from China in late January, then took heat for closing off Europe. He was hit for attributing the virus to China, mentioning the research institute, demanding investigation of WHO, and calling China deceptive. Turns out, he was right on all counts, able to look around corners.

Hard fact Two:  Media – and anti-Trump governors – continue to use total death numbers, but that is the wrong metric. As the Wall Street Journal reported May 1, the best metric of success is per capita deaths, not overall deaths.  By that metric, Spain has suffered more than 50 deaths per 100,000 citizens, Italy 45, Britain and France just under 40.  The United States?  Less than 20.  Let’s go apples to apples, not apples to oranges.

Hard fact Three:  As President Trump began encouraging social distancing, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) contested him, instead flouting social distancing on February 24, encouraging large gatherings in Chinatown to celebrate China’s Lunar New Year and stir business.  She has since taken down that clip.

While blaming the president for not pushing social distancing, she pushed anti-social distancing – or large gatherings.  She showed up no mask, no matter – downtown San Francisco.  In ordinary America, we want to be back at work– but ordinary Americans would say, that is “the pot calling the kettle black.”

Hard fact Four:  After President Trump assumed office, he was condemned by Democrats and media for calling out Communist China – for lying.  Democrats accused him of starting an unjust trade war, endangering US interdependence with China, and diplomatic naivete.  Remember that?

What did Trump do? Like Reagan, he called a spade a spade. He accused China of lying about creating and militarizing artificial islands in the South China Sea, fielding space weapons, busting UN sanctions for North Korea, manipulating currency, abusing World Trade Organization membership, violating human rights of religious minorities and in Hong Kong.

Was Trump wrong? No, he was right. China’s denial and deception on coronavirus – what allied intelligence now calls a “cover-up” – proves Trump’s instincts were right.  China ignores truth.

Other hard facts. Let’s be frank, the entire world was ill-prepared for this Chinese origin virus, without adequate testing kits, protective equipment, stockpiles, ventilators, hospital space, inoculations, vaccine trials, or proven protocols. The US was not alone.

Bottom line:  President Trump did what good presidents do. He used judgment. He shut off the source of damage, from China and Europe. He established a process for integrating medical expertise and policy. He accelerated medical innovation, production of protective equipment. He refused to federalize the effort, respecting our Constitution. He informed the public daily – and wants us rolling again.

The blame game is about to start. As the trouble retreats, critics pop. Be prepared. Hard facts matter.


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Connie Clancy
2 years ago

Excellent article! If only those who only watch CNN would bother to read it.

Jeannie Huppert
2 years ago

Excellent, fact-filled article

Dick Lammerding
2 years ago

OutSTANDing!

Dick Lammerding
2 years ago

OutSTANDing!!

Dr. N.W.
2 years ago

What Robert B. Charles wrote in this article is 100% accurate, all of the facts have been presented. Dr.Li Wenliang who died on February 6th in prison from Coronavirus tried to alert the world and was told to “keep quiet” by the Communist Government.
Ronald Reagan said, “facts are stubborn things.” But the truth is more stubborn.
China will feel the wrath of the world, many countries will no longer purchase defective and dangerous garbage from this country that treats their own citizens like disposable objects.
Listen to what the Bolskevk Senator from the idiot state of Connecticut, Sen. Chris Murphy said that President Trump, not China or the World Health Organization, is responsible for “tens of thousands” of Americans dying from coronavirus. This an example of a man having gangrene of the brain.

Bob L.
2 years ago

A brand new article in The New American is about Gov. cuomo’s admission that most new hospitalizations due to COVID are people who have stayed locked in at home. My oh my, now how is that happening?

Ronf789
2 years ago

Thank you for an outstanding and truthful summary of the corona virus history. Everything you said was from Trump, himself, and Fox News.

Ellen korthuis
2 years ago

Again thank you for reliable trustworthy news. I appreciate your coverage !

Gram Cracker
2 years ago

Thank you, Mr. Charles, for your good and faithful reporting of the truth. Hard facts do matter!

Diane
2 years ago

At first, I felt so bad that this happened during the Trump presidency and then I thought THANK GOD it happened during his presidency. Can you imagine what the country would look like with a democrat in office? Would there even be a United States left?

Jeanne
2 years ago

China lied. The W.H.O. denied. The media complied. People died.

Maxine Erickson
2 years ago

Blessed we are to have President Donald Trump. God put Him in and giving us another chance to come back to God in worship, Faith and Truth. Nothing happens but God allows it, for disobedience or obedience. Let us all speak up for our faith in Him as God blesses those who follow Him. He is only one who can clear all this, but we have to recant of our sins and be forgiven by God 2 Chronicles 7:14 Look who He lays it on to trust and obey. There isn’t one single person who is perfect, but that is our aim to Please our God. Not to allow another god in our land He also said. Thanks to President Trump and those who work along side our President throughout our Government-land.
Let’s encourage American’s for 30 days to read one chapter a day of Proverbs

SERGEANT CHOPPER
2 years ago

THIS IS WITHOUT A DOUBT ONE OF THE THE MOST POIGNANT “ON TARGET BULLSEYE” ARTICLES ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP’S PERSONAL JUDGEMENT AND INTUITION CONCERNING THE “WORLD’S SHARED ENEMY”———– COMMUNIST CHINA THAT ANY MEDIA OUTLET COULD DARE TO WRITE AND I LOVED EVERY SINGLE WORD OF IT! THE MAN HAS ALWAYS BEEN RIGHT AND THE GLOBAL LIBERAL FAKESTREAM MEDIA AND 80% OF THE “WORLD ‘P.C’ PANDA-HUGGING POLITICIANS” WERE ABSOLUTELY WRONG ABOUT EVERYTHING CONCERNING CHINA FOR THIRTY YEARS! I KNOW, I WAS ONE OF THEM WHO “FALSELY BELIEVED” CHINA WOULD “DEMOCRITIZE AS THEY CAPITALIZED” AND IT WAS A DREAM GONE WRONG! I LIVE 100 MILES AWAY FROM COMMUNIST CHINA AND FEEL LIKE I AM RELIVING “THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS OF OCTOBER 1962” EVERY DAY, AGAIN AND AGAIN, AND AGAIN……. WAITING FOR THE INEVITABLE UNLESS POTUS TRUMP STOPS IT! VIVA LA TRUMP 2020 AND WAY WAY BEYOND……………. MAY GOD HELP US!

steve
2 years ago

No condemnation by the UN for the Chi-Coms. No US Senate resolution condemning Chi-Com behavior.
No doubling of current tariffs on China produced product ? No replacement for antibiotics all of which
are made in China ? Same old, same old. All we are saying is “please do it again to us China”.

Joanna Johnson-Smith
2 years ago

The Democrats are LOVING this virus. 1) It gave them something else to blame on Trump and the Republicans. 2) It handed unprecedented and unconstitutional powers to Tyrannical Governors across America. 3) It gave free money to states that lied about the number of cases of Covid, allowing these Governors to pay down the debt THEY incurred. 4) Autocrats like Andrew Cuomo have been enjoying free campaign time via daily updates that are peppered with more lies than one can count. 5) The NWO Dems are using their new powers to implement a Test Run for just HOW far they can push, bully, abuse the Constitution, and violate our Rights before we stand up and FIGHT,and 6) The Left is deliberately destroying the best economy we have seen in many decades. There has been NO effective push-back from the Right. What exactly are we WAITING FOR?!

John A Bird
2 years ago

This was a Plandemic, a coincidence = a well defined plan. Since they were unable to rid themselves of President Trump by impeachment, they’ve tried the pandemic, Fauci and Birx are globalist pawns who are ultimately responsible for the killings of 10’s of thousands while ruining our economy and destroying many businesses. It’s time to bear arms and rid ourselves of all globalists, elitists, pawns, etc.

Steve
2 years ago

Come on FACTS to the Free Press . Your in a dreamworld . Ask Jesus how the facts helped him ! The SILENT majority better Wake Up you are seeing right before your eyes what the nutjobs will do to this country .

dino deplorable
2 years ago

Bats have been around for probably millions of years,china’s disgusting food habits not as long.Why did this happen now and not years ago.Someone really needs to start asking some serious questions and taking some serious action.China is the criminal in this mess and should pay dearly.

Nurse nice
2 years ago

Oh this is always so tiresome. God bless America and Donald Trump. Thank goodness for a man who stands up to deception and enemies

Bobbi
2 years ago

The President has been right all along. Yet now that we know the numbers were wrong and the virus will be slowed down by herd immunity we need to get back to work. Those who are at risk need to limit their group activities but liberty must prevail. End this unconstitutional lock-down.

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