Editor's Note: This is the fourth of a nine-part series, with a new installment presented every day in Charisma Digital Daily. You can access the previous story here. These articles are excerpted from Stephen E. Strang's God, Trump and COVID-19, which is now available to purchase. Click here to learn more.
If Donald Trump were to find the cure for cancer tomorrow, his critics would accuse him of putting doctors out of work. They would use the full media apparatus to try and discredit his announcement and label him and his groundbreaking discovery fraudulent. They would tell people not to get the treatment, go on a full media blitz about why it is so "dangerous," and do their best to put fear into the hearts and minds of innocent Americans who truly need the help.
We know this by watching many examples and because if the president were to get positive coverage of the very successful and monumental achievements of his first term in office, he most likely would have the highest approval ratings of any president in recent history. Just look at the crowds he was able to attract when he was having his rallies. Even with the media spin, many Americans are waking up to the extreme bias.
Never have we seen the mainstream corporate media so united against anyone in our lifetime—especially a president. I remember in the anti-Vietnam War era the intense hatred toward Richard Nixon. Since then former presidents Reagan, George H. W Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush have had their challenges with the press, but nothing like this.
Why the hatred of Trump? It must be that Trump is onto something; otherwise why would the six corporations that control 90 percent of the mainstream media (including Fox News) be so united in their attempt to take this man down? Their efforts are tireless—even relentless. They attempt to wear down those who support the president. He's had to battle to get hydroxychloroquine into the hands of doctors on the front lines, even though it has proved quite effective. (More on this later.) That once again proves this point.
In the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen that same media apparatus continue with its vicious and daily attacks. Sometimes I get frustrated watching the outright lack of respect some in the White House press corps have for the president as he gives his coronavirus briefings along with the task force. Even if they don't like him, they could still show honor and respect for his office; instead, there is a blatant disregard. It's quite honestly embarrassing to watch. What must other countries think of our press? What example are these reporters showing our young people? To me it's a spirit of rebellion.
Think about what Trump has had to endure. The same week Democrats were trying to impeach him, he banned travel from China to the United States when it became clear that the pneumonia-like virus that, as late as January 14, the Chinese said could not be transmitted from human to human was getting out of hand. In typical nature the Left continued with its usual accusations, screaming that he was "xenophobic.'' Interestingly, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi actually deleted a tweet in which she encouraged people to "go to Chinatown," and she both mocked and attacked the president in her usual tirades.
The truth is, the president has shown tremendous leadership in all of this. His quick action in implementing the travel ban from China January 31 and then from Europe in mid-March probably saved hundreds of thousands of lives. As bad as the coronavirus is and as many lives as it has taken, it would have been far worse had he not acted so quickly.
The good news for Trump is that people don't forget easily, and there is an army of social media influencers who show the Democrats' own words over and over again to those who may have forgotten. There is nothing more convincing than simply replaying leftists' own interviews and clips on social media so people can see just how hypocritical they are. That's because in the facts war, Trump wins hands down. That is one reason the socialist and Deep State opposition are so afraid.
But regardless, the Left has changed its narrative once again and is now trashing Trump in this way—saying he did too little too late. My own theory is that those on the left want to drag this out as long as they can, hoping the economy is so bad that something weird may happen and their weak and ill-equipped candidate Joe Biden may slip into office on Election Day. They have such a deep lust for power that they'd rather have the economy stop if it meant they could win. Just read what liberal political commentator Bill Mayer said: "I feel like the bottom has to fall out at some point. And by the way, I'm hoping for it. ... One way you get rid of Trump is a crashing economy. So, please, bring on the recession." Can you get any more anti-American than that? Why would anyone who supposedly loves our country wish this upon us?
The truth is, the Left is especially fearful because of the great gains Trump already brought to our economy. Even secular observers such as Dr. Michael Busler, professor of finance at Stockton University, agreed in a Townhall op-ed that President Trump's achievements are truly remarkable.
Busler observes that when Trump was elected in 2016, the nation was in a 10-year economic slump averaging only 2 percent growth—the first time in history the economy did not hit 3 percent growth in a decade. That led to poor employment prospects and stagnant wages, which led to resentment, causing some citizens to embrace socialism and reject capitalism. "The country was headed in an un-American direction," Busler wrote.
Not only was the economy weak, but so was our soft foreign policy, with bad actors in Russia, China, the Middle East, and North Korea. At the same time, many Americans began to place security above freedom, wanting the government to provide a basic income or housing and pay for their health care or higher education. There was also resentment in the heartland and the belief that the country was headed in the wrong direction. Busler notes: "So Donald Trump came along. He was a very, very successful businessperson and TV personality. Although elected president, he was not a politician. But Trump's message was welcomed by Americans. He told people to look in the mirror. He asked them to see where they were and what they had."
Trump then asked, "What do you have to lose?"
His "Make America Great Again" mantra emphasized a return to prosperity. His vision was always clear. His policies made the economy boom, and he also rebuilt the military and adopted a foreign policy of "peace through strength."
Busler concluded: "History will note that Donald Trump was remarkable. In spite of more than 90 percent of media coverage of him being negative, in spite of every Democrat consistently opposing anything he wants to do, and in spite of some members of his own party being against him, he has managed to change the direction of the country."
So what did Trump really do regarding the coronavirus? Cleta Mitchell, a partner in the Washington, DC, office of Foley and Lardner, writing for The Federalist, gives insight into the timetable of what Trump did and when. Of course, this is an evolving story, and only historians can really evaluate what happened. Trump will be judged on his handling of this unparalleled pandemic.
Nevertheless, the Democrats immediately began talking about a new investigation into how the president "mishandled" the coronavirus response as another way to attack him in the upcoming months to try to affect the outcome of the presidential election. We can almost be assured this will be part of the strategy as the next few months play out.
"The leftist national media incessantly reports that the spread of the coronavirus is, well, President Trump's fault. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, always good for the most incendiary and least helpful comments in any difficult situation, said on Sunday, 'the president—his denial at the beginning was deadly,"' Mitchell wrote in The Federalist on March 31. Joe Biden did the same in a feeble effort to make his campaign relevant.
Here is a key fact: In the beginning China lied. People died. The World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also got it wrong. Although the first case of the coronavirus was reported in Wuhan, China, in early December 2019, through January 2020 the Chinese authorities continued to downplay the potential for the disease to spread.
The WHO reinforced China's falsehoods, saying on January 14 that "preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in Wuhan, China." This was five to six weeks after the opposite was confirmed to be the case in Wuhan.
To be continued in God, Trump and COVID-19. To purchase the full book now, click here.
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