Democrats are hoping to make the 2020 election a referendum on the management of the coronavirus pandemic.
From Barack Obama on down, Democrats should be careful what they wish for.
That’s because Joe Biden made two huge coronavirus mistakes that will come back to bite him.
The Democrats accuse Trump of committing a crime every time he does something that they don’t like.
The radical left thinks they should be in charge of anything and are willing to blame every single coronavirus death on Trump because he didn’t follow their plans.
The Democrats discovered that Obama had a pandemic plan and have made it clear they think Trump should have followed.
There are many obvious reasons why the current coronavirus outbreak has to be treated differently because of the particular way this virus works.
The coronavirus has days before symptoms show and a high percentage of asymptomatic cases. It doesn’t affect the young typically, even as much as the flu, and tends to generally affect the elderly with pre-existing conditions.
While there is more data that should be gathered, these facts can help America have a targeted response that works for America with this new virus that Obama’s administration didn’t know about when they came up with their plan.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany recently crushed any notion that Obama’s playbook should have been used, calling it “insufficient.”
Obama’s playbook is only 69 pages long and the first 13 pages are the table of contents and the last 29 are appendices.
That leaves only 27 pages to deal with a viral outbreak itself.
Even in its introduction the playbook admits, “This Rubric is not intended to serve as a comprehensive concept of operations.”
The introductions also states that it is just a summary of reports that are more complete and color codes the stages of the pandemic.
While it might be fun for the media to state “we’re now in the yellow stage of the pandemic,” it offers very little practical value in fighting the virus.
The steps that Trump did take that were outside what the playbook suggested were vital for stopping the virus.
The playbook is quite ambivalent about travel restrictions and doesn’t seem to think they are ever worthwhile and even screening travelers is discouraged as it notes “It is rarely appropriate to put border screening measures in place at an elevated threat level.”
The other problem with the playbook is its reliance on WHO for guidance.
WHO stated on Jan. 14th 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.”
The shocking failure of the WHO leadership left many countries unprepared to face the virus.
The UK only stopped travel when they issued their stay-at-home order and demanded that people stay in their homes.
The UK has had almost twice the number of deaths as America when adjusted for population.
The playbook that Biden uses is vague and the suggestion in it would have placed America at more risk.
America is lucky that President Trump was wise enough to ignore WHO’s recommendations and take the steps to put America first.