By Kathie Haynes
On April 20, 2020, Jeff Erding wrote a commentary titled, “Fact checking the haters.” He says that “the haters” are the leftist writers who attempt to make a case against the Trump administration. I would like to make a case against Jeff Erding’s facts.
1. “Did Trump fire the pandemic response team?” Jeff says that is a nasty lie.
The truth is Trump chose Bolton to lead the National Security Council in April 2018. He had orders to streamline the National Security Council. Bolton disbanded the pandemic preparedness office as part of streamlining the agency. Global health experts believe this left the administration flat-footed and decapitated. It certainly diluted the focus on pandemic threats. Eliminating the senior director position reflected the White House’s misplaced priorities. Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer had been the senior director for global health security. He had also led a global anti-malaria initiative in the George W. Bush administration. Now he is gone.
Therefore, as President, Trump was responsible for disbanding the Response Team when he ordered Bolton to streamline the agency. Remember, “The buck stops here.”
2. “Medicare for All would save $450 billion.” Jeff says, “What a whopper.”
Facts are that colleagues at three University of California campuses examined 22 studies. Every single study predicted that Medicare for All would yield net savings over several years. Even a right-wing think tank Mercatus Center found about $2 trillion net savings over 10 years. The evidence abounds!!!
3. “Asian Americans are being Scapegoated for CV19.” Jeff says, Where? Big Cities? No rational person would do that.
In mid April, three masked men went thru Seattle Chinatown leaving stickers “Better Dead than Red” and “America First.” Advocacy groups are tracking a rise in racist slurs and physical aggression against people of Asian descent.
Erding says, “Americans are overwhelmingly decent people, not racists.” Yes, we are decent but we are also racist. Everybody is racist to some extent. Each person needs to make a decision to see others as equal humans.
4. “Trump called the Coronavirus a Hoax!” “Even the Left leaning SNOPES called this stinker a lie,” said Jeff.
On February 28, Trump likened the Democrats’ criticism of his administration’s response to the new coronavirus outbreak to their efforts to impeach him by saying, “This is their new hoax.” And then he compared the virus to the common flu.
Trump has used the word “hoax” hundreds of times as President. Repetition of a word like “hoax” is a way for Trump to portray himself as a victim and gain support for his causes.
5. “The Trump Administration’s response has been total chaos.”
A strong governmental leadership is needed during a global crisis. Unfortunately, it appears the Trump administration is pushing science aside. Conflicting messages are common, such as when to reboot the economy, the need for testing and the possibility of a resurgence of the virus. Trump attempts to suppress facts that differ from his opinion and he has openly clashed with top public health officials.
Erding’s sarcasm and “put down” language certainly does not make his arguments any stronger or more correct…