Although it is too early to comprehensively evaluate the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, we can objectively analyze it thus far and see that the decisions made by the White House have saved American lives – possibly millions of them.
That doesn’t mean there isn’t room for introspection or reforms, which have inevitably followed previous disasters – from JFK’s assassination to 9/11. It’s paramount we learn from history, for history doesn’t repeat itself so much as human beings make the same mistakes. But the media’s unrelenting bias, fueled by a visceral hatred for the president, is beyond the pale. It is past time to put the administration’s response in context.
Writing for National Review, Deroy Murdock explains:
The most incompetent and uninformed president in history has led the federal government into the worst emergency response to a pandemic that we have ever seen in this country,” MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell ranted on March 12. “More people are sick in America tonight, because Donald Trump is president. More people are dead and dying in America tonight because Donald Trump is president.”
Not to be outdone, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) sank to new depths on CNN last Sunday, when she basically accused President Trump of negligent homicide: “As the president fiddles, people are dying.”
As of Wednesday, April 1 at 11:53 p.m., Johns Hopkins University reported 216,515 COVID-19 cases in America, with 5,119 deaths and 8,593 recoveries. These rapidly changing figures are grim, especially with the U.S. now suffering the world’s highest coronavirus caseload. But how do these data compare with those overseas? How is a nation with 332 million people managing against, say, China, from where COVID-19 crawled, population 1.4 billion?
Social scientists would gauge these disparate figures as they would evaluate nations along other key metrics, such as GDP: on a per capita basis. Using Johns Hopkins’ priceless and highly televised COVID-19 website and the CIA World Factbook’s population forecasts for July 2020, one easily can judge America’s relative international performance against this invisible enemy.
The figures show the United States in the middle of the pack of G7 nations in terms of cases, deaths, and recoveries per capita. Those statistics, like any poll, represent a moment in time. What we know for certain is that President Trump and the White House coronavirus task force are working tirelessly to flatten the curve and reopen the economy as soon as possible.