Since the left-wing-aligned media were unwilling to do their jobs, it took an army of well-informed Trump supporters to educate Chelsea Clinton after CNN allowed her to share blatant misinformation/disinformation to the public.
As the coronavirus situation was just beginning to draw some serious media scrutiny last week, CNN ran a scurrilous op-ed from her and a co-author titled, “Under Trump, America is less prepared for a coronavirus outbreak.”
A day after the piece’s official publication, Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, tweeted the dubious column to her roughly 2.5 million followers.
President Trump has left the U.S. dangerously underprepared to face a public health crisis like a #coronavirus outbreak. @devisridhar and I explain how via @CNN https://t.co/gohxobjXOv
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 25, 2020
As of Wednesday morning, the tweet boasted thousands of responses from people annoyed by her factually inaccurate “fear mongering” and “exploitation” of the crisis.
@ChelseaClinton @CDCgov @CDCDirector Chelsea is Spreading panic amongst the public by lying and saying that the president is not prepared apparently neither is the CDC in her eyes. She needs to be educated. https://t.co/JbragjGE8A
— Respect the Flag (@Respect_Flag) March 4, 2020
? FALSE. I ready daily reports & planning from health depts around the country. AND my own county had the first U.S. confirmed patient with ZERO new cases. The medical community in AMerica is the best. IF there is a problem, it will come from cities like poop-infested SF.
— EllieB ? #SayIt Just like that. (@Real_EllieBrown) February 26, 2020
Our Presidents got this! Stop with the fear mongering
— 504girl (@cherelle504) February 27, 2020
Last I checked you were not a member of the @realDonaldTrump admin and therefore all your comments are pathological lying speculation. If your name was not Clinton, like Hunter Biden, you would be a giant zero.
— ??MWilliams? (@mewakwhd) March 4, 2020
It should be illegal, it is definitely immoral to politicize a situation as frightening and damaging as this! You are a lying. I would except more from an educated woman with life experiences. I guess the Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Propaganda!!!
— scottishlyn ??? (@scottishlyn58) February 28, 2020
@ChelseaClinton actually @realDonaldTrump didnt remove anyone from the @CDCgov you leftists are lying again pic.twitter.com/YFdbESVCY2
— never youmind (@realgwjoy) March 4, 2020
Stop trying to cause fear.
— Mia (@MiaCarlaNY) March 3, 2020
Oh, looky what we have here, @ChelseaClinton taking after old whiny drunky mommy and jumps on the exploitation train. Apple doesn’t fall too far from the Moron, does it. https://t.co/836L4u3VPM
— Craig Weishaar TEXT TRUMP TO 88022 (@WeishaarCraig) February 27, 2020
Clinton’s piece contained a large number of misleading statements.
“Unfortunately, President Donald Trump has taken actions that many doctors and experts agree will leave the US less prepared to respond to COVID-19,” she wrote. “He has eliminated the position of Global Health Czar and has repeatedly proposed cuts important to global health funding — thankfully they have failed to pass in Congress.”
She neglected to mention that Trump’s assigned Vice President Mike Pence to serve as the czar of a task force specifically focused on coronavirus prevention.
She also neglected to mention that, despite some proposals, funding to the CDC and NIH have in fact increased during President Donald Trump’s term in office.
Earlier this week, Michael Bloomberg and Joe Biden were called out by the AP for lying about President Trump cutting funding to the CDC and NIH.
The facts from the Associated Press: Financing has increased to the CDC and the NIH.https://t.co/DZ7549XNL0
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) March 1, 2020
“Trump has often shown deep ignorance and cruelty on issues of global health. During the Ebola outbreak, when he was still a reality TV host, he said the US should not allow Ebola-infected citizens and aid workers to come back to the US,” her op-ed continued.
While this was true, the claim that it was an ignorant and cruel remark doesn’t fit with the facts. Keep in mind that Ebola is far deadlier than the coronavirus. Yet as it stands, the CDC has opposed efforts to fly coronavirus-infected Americans back home.
Clinton then slammed Trump for suggesting that the U.S. “stop all flights from Ebola infected countries” and claimed that stopping flights would have brought “potentially harmful consequences.”
Again, keep in mind that Ebola is far deadlier than the coronavirus. And yet numerous airlines have been suspending flights because of the latter.
“[I]n addition to sharing his often false opinions on Twitter, he claimed earlier this month that the coronavirus would weaken in the warmer weather despite no evidence to that effect,” she continued.
“There’s a theory that, in April, when it gets warm — historically, that has been able to kill the virus,” the president said last month.
“I spoke with President Xi of China and he’s working very hard on this. It’s a tremendous problem,” Trump, at border patrol event, says of coronavirus. “There’s a theory that in April, when it gets warm, historically that has been able to kill the virus. So we don’t know yet.” pic.twitter.com/Q2oqP98Ily
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) February 14, 2020
According to actual news sources, there is indeed such a theory, though in this case it doesn’t seem the theory will prove true.
“While it is possible that this virus, like many other respiratory viruses, will not survive as readily in warm temperatures, it will be encountering a ‘completely susceptible’ U.S. population, said Maciej F. Boni, an associate professor of biology at Penn State University,” the Las Angeles Times reported last week.
“Hardly anyone in this country has been exposed to the new virus, so there’s been no chance to develop immunity. That means the coronavirus has plenty of opportunity to infect people and get passed along, Boni said.”
Perhaps the most egregious misinformation peddled by Clinton was the blatant lie that the president has been too “distracted by his impeachment” to plan for the coronavirus.
As acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney revealed last week, the administration has been planning for the coronavirus since January, if not earlier. However, its efforts were ignored by the left because of THEIR obsession with impeachment.
“The last time we enforced a federal quarantine was 1969 for small pox. We did it over a month ago in this administration in order to prevent a further outbreak in this country. We took extraordinary steps four or five weeks ago. Why didn’t you hear about it? What was still going on four or five weeks ago?” he said.
“Impeachment. And that’s all the press wanted to talk about. So while real news was happening, and we were dealing with it … the press was covering their hoax of the day because they thought it would bring down the president. The reason you’re seeing so much attention to it today is that they think this is what’s going to bring down the president. That’s what this is all about.”
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