There are some outrageous claims being reported and passed on by the news media that probably shouldn’t even be stories. On a Friday evening interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) said over 50,000 Americans have died because the US Senate didn’t vote to remove President Donald Trump from office in February. He said that House democrats believed Trump could damage America, but “I don’t think we had any idea how much damage he would go on to do in the months ahead. There are 50,000 Americans now who are dead, in significant part because of his incompetence, because of his inability to think beyond himself and put the country first.”
Let’s unpack this statement. Schiff, who led a relentless impeachment effort against Trump, is saying that Trump and the Republican-led Senate are responsible for all the American COVID-19 deaths–the Senate because it didn’t remove Trump from office, and Trump, because of his alleged incompetence. This inflammatory and extremely outrageous statement should be reason enough to remove Schiff from office. Instead of puffing their chest out in agreement, the news media should be pointing out how ridiculous Schiff’s statement is and how it does not remotely have any factual basis. It is less factual than saying had the House not been vigorously prosecuting impeachment, Trump may have prevented COVID-19.
Here is a chronology of House actions provided by Breitbart News: “The House—after a four-week delay—transferred the articles of impeachment to the Senate on Jan. 15, the day the first coronavirus patient arrived in the U.S. from Wuhan, China. Congress did nothing about the pandemic during the trial. Meanwhile, the president formed the coronavirus task force the week of Jan. 27 and imposed the travel ban on Jan. 31. The Democrat-controlled House held its first hearing on coronavirus on Feb. 5— the day Trump was acquitted in the Senate. Schiff, who said nothing about coronavirus in its early days, is now pushing for legislation to create a “9/11 commission” for evaluating the president’s response to the pandemic.”
There is going to be a lot of Schiff talk between now and the election. Very little of it will have anything constructive to return our country to work safely. The Democrats seem only able to criticize without providing solutions. When Trump acted to ban travel from China, the Democrats said he was overreacting. Then they blame him for not acting sooner. James 1:5-8 says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” What about an entire people group, or political party, that is double-minded and lacks wisdom? More trouble ahead.