Try as they might, the news media and the Democratic Party cannot help themselves from politicizing the COVID-19 crisis. On March 21, for example, Margaret Sullivan of the Washington Post tweeted, “The media must stop live-broadcasting Trump’s dangerous, destructive coronavirus briefings. He’s just using them as a substitute for his rallies. Put him on tape-delay so journalists can counter his rush of information.” MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow tweeted that continued live broadcasts of Trump’s briefings is “going to cost lives.” The Boston Globe wrote that the president couldn’t be trusted to tell the truth. NBC, The Atlantic, CNN, and a host of other media joined the same chorus of talking points.
All this call for censuring the President and establishing the media’s own brand of truth comes against the backdrop that more than half of Americans approve of the way the President is handling the pandemic. The media’s hated villain of contemporary times is actually communicating with Americans, showing compassion, empathy and effective action to solve a worldwide crisis. They can’t let that happen. Those who rely on First Amendment rights to free speech and freedom of the press are the ones calling to shut up the president by taking away his freedom of speech because his words disagree with their beliefs and narrative. If you have watched their questions, you would see this as true.
Then there is the Democratic Party. Seeing that Trump’s approval rating is improving, the Democrats are no longer being bipartisan in efforts to defeat COVID-19. They, too, have taken off the gloves and are swinging. The crucial legislation to provide assistance to Americans is being blocked by the Democrats, who all the while have said that Trump is not doing enough to stop COVID-19. They are blocking the relief bill because they are loading up on socialistic programs, using the crisis for political advantage. For example, The Hill reports that House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) told some 200 members of the House Democratic Caucus last Thursday, “This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.” They are stuffing the bill with pet projects of the Democratic socialist agenda.
Changing the voting system to mail in, expanding Social Security benefits, abortion funding, increased emission standards, more union bargaining power, and a host of other pork for local congressmen is not meeting the public needs for this crisis. Yet, they claim the Republicans are the problem. This, in addition to blaming the President for the virus spreading in the US after they called him racist for banning travel from China and Europe. Clyburn, himself, said in an interview with Axios that Trump was a racist and compared him and Republicans to Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. There is so much more of which to take note. Exodus 20:16 says, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” These people make it an art form.