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3 Reasons Coronavirus Could Prove Trumpís Greatest November Foe
The Federalist ^ | March 9, 2020 | Christopher Bedford

Posted on 03/09/2020 7:17:09 AM PDT by Kaslin

With a visibly aged Joe Biden duking it out with socialist Bernie Sanders, there are three very good reasons that President Trump's greatest opponent in November could be the Coronavirus.


Long before the sun rose Thursday, British regional airline Flybe collapsed. Americans probably haven’t heard of it, but when an Englishman flew domestically there was a 40 percent chance it was with Flybe. Its final demise was swift and brutal: Passengers booked to fly as soon as that morning receiving a 2 a.m. text message informing them otherwise. The company employed 2,300 people, and its 1,300 pensioned employees are now “facing financial ruin.”

Flybe had been struggling for years, with investors losing money and a government bailout in the works, but executives say its final cause of death was the spread of Coronavirus, which demolished incoming cash flow.

Some competing airline executives call this an excuse from a failing company, but true or not, Flybe won’t be the only Coronavirus bankruptcy. The disease’s effect on airlines is “almost without precedent,” the CEO of the International Air Transport Association said in a statement predicting between $63 and $113 billion in industry losses. “It has a 9/11-like feel,” Southwest CEO Gary Kelly echoed Thursday. Southwest, he notes, is “97 percent domestic.” American domestic.

That’s just the airlines. And it’s a sign of what U.S. citizens can prepare for in the coming weeks as we watch to see if the virus’s first First-World hosts, Italy and South Korea, are able to grapple with its spread and impact. Time is not an ally.

With a visibly aged Joe Biden duking it out with socialist Bernie Sanders, there are three very good reasons that President Trump’s greatest opponent in November could be the Coronavirus.

First, the ability to handle a possible medical crisis and the hard choices the triage of limited supplies would then force on us will leave a lasting impact with the American public. Second, the economic consequences spreading through U.S. cities and towns will force Republicans in government to choose between saying this is all partisan hype and executing a plan to protect the gains of the last three years. Third, the potential medical scare lends rhetorical energy to a number of Democrat talking points they’re guaranteed to use in the general election.

The voluntary social separation Americans are already moving toward will go a long way toward curbing the continued spread of the virus, hopefully even to the point that the situation can be handled and all forgotten. In the meantime, emergency spending to bulk up medical supplies and prepare personnel is crucial. The $8.3 billion bill the president signed Friday to aid states and research in the fight goes a long way toward that.

It’s reassuring to hear White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow say the government is communicating with the airlines, thinking of the “small businesses that might get hurt by this,” and of the “individuals who might lose paychecks because they had to stay home if they get the virus.” It is not, however, reassuring to hear Kudlow claim during the same interview that the virus “looks relatively contained” and that Americans should simply “avoid” Seattle.

The disease will threaten the existence of many small and medium businesses, and if Republicans are not drafting legislation to help them they are behind. Recession is fatal to reelection, with William McKinley the last president to win in the midst of one — 120 years ago.

Coronavirus is on the loose and spreading by the hour in populations across the country, and we have no idea where the large majority of America’s infected patients contracted the disease. In addition, we know little about the true nature of the virus, and what we do know shows us there is not yet some miraculous First-World technology to protect us.

What will be needed is old fashioned: hospital beds, ventilators, and N95 respirator masks for medical personnel — three things the United States does not have nearly enough of. For example, “we currently have 30 million N95 respirators in the strategic national stockpile,” Health and Human Services Sec. Alex Azar told senators Feb. 24. The department estimates the country will need 300 million. The government does not have a national stockpile of ventilators.

Democrats have already seized on the crisis, much to the public ire of the president, and free health-care-for-all is a campaign call that will be specifically energized by the pandemic. In addition to serious governance and the action necessary to stave off a recession, the president must make the case to reelect the administration responsible for so much economic success.

So what does Trump have in his pocket? First, his hawkish push to bring American manufacturing home from countries like China looks near prophetic in the face of the country’s responsibility for yet another global pandemic as well as the looming medical supply shortages from Chinese producers. Second, his focus on securing the border is empowered– especially when contrasted with increasingly shrill Democratic calls against any enforcement at all. Finally, his quick move to curtail Chinese nationals from traveling to the United States slowed the virus’s move here a great deal despite, for example, the obscene New York Times claim actions targeting the host country are “xenophobic.”

So far he’s stressed the third point but the first two, not so much. Compare this to President Barack Obama’s administration, which never let “a serious crisis go to waste.”

In all of this, the president and his lieutenants will have to be careful. While his base often rejoices in the president skipping the nuances of political correctness, in this case nuance and cool judgement will be central. “Pandemics are difficult to talk about,” former Health and Human Services Sec. Mike Leavitt correctly warns. “Anything said in advance of a pandemic seems alarmist. After a pandemic begins, anything one has said or done is inadequate.”

Coronavirus might prove the administration’s great crisis, and its leadership will prove crucial in staving off worst-case scenarios or dealing with them when they come. Simply downplaying events and assuring the public everything is under control does not suffice. In addition to swift action to curb infection and shore up the economy, now is the time for Trump and his allies to show the public they are up to the job — and deserve it for the next four years.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2020issues; alexazar; berniesanders; china; coronavirus; dhhs; joebiden; larrykudlow; mikeleavitt; presidenttrump; publichealth; thenewyorkslimes; trumpcdc
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1 posted on 03/09/2020 7:17:09 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Not a chance that Biden or Sanders would be elected because of this virus. They are far worse then the virus.


2 posted on 03/09/2020 7:19:43 AM PDT by minnesota_bound (homeless guy. He just has more money....He the master will plant more cotton for the democrat party)
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To: Kaslin
By the time of the Democratic convention in July, the Corona beer hysteria will long be over.
3 posted on 03/09/2020 7:21:04 AM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: Kaslin

At this moment turner classic movies channel is showing a b&w called “Pacific Liner” about a ships doctor and chief engineer facing an outbreak of cholera on a steam liner...unbelievable coincidence?? I doubt it..
Looks like everybody is gettin’ in on the act. Lol


4 posted on 03/09/2020 7:23:33 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: Kaslin

5 posted on 03/09/2020 7:25:44 AM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Kaslin

The fight against this illness is in the nursing homes.

Down with the Coronavirus Keyboard Concern Commandos!

Up with the Bathroom Brush Brigades!

Don’t be haughty, clean a potty!


6 posted on 03/09/2020 7:25:52 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: minnesota_bound

7 posted on 03/09/2020 7:25:58 AM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: Kaslin

I understand why the leftist media is using the virus to try and get the economy to decline and hurt Trump, but why is the right buying into this, too? I turn into Fox News and “virus, virus, virus!” has replaced “Russia! Russia! Russia!”. Same here on Freerepublic. It seems there are dozens of threads on this every day, like it’s the frigging black plague or something.


8 posted on 03/09/2020 7:29:05 AM PDT by Pravious
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To: Kaslin

The media are pushing the meme that the Trump administration has mismanaged the virus problem. But how many voters really think, that somehow good Democrats would have managed things any better? Vote for Democrats because Democrats are against the spread of disease? Really? Significant numbers would vote in that manner?


9 posted on 03/09/2020 7:29:13 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: minnesota_bound
Not a chance that Biden or Sanders would be elected because of this virus. They are far worse then the virus.

Assume nothing. American voters can be very given to emotions. The "media" are fanning those emotional flames by blaming Trump for this.

10 posted on 03/09/2020 7:31:52 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Prayers up for Rush Limbaugh...)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I’ve asked a number of lefties if they knew over 16,000 people died in the USA ten years ago from the H1N1 virus, all were clueless. Media didn’t hype it under Bammy.


11 posted on 03/09/2020 7:32:26 AM PDT by TiGuy22
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To: Kaslin

Trump support is ROCK solid. Those saying a VIRUS induced economic slowdown will hurt are wrong.

What logic is: I like Trump, uh oh the economy is impacted by the Coronavirus, I’m gonna vote for Senile Joe or Crazy Bernie?

NOT gonna happen.


12 posted on 03/09/2020 7:33:55 AM PDT by LeonardFMason (Lou Dobbs)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

If we had anyone else in charge other than Trump, my anxiety would be through the roof at this point.

I don’t want these lying bastards running anything.

Not even the Kwiki-Mart.


13 posted on 03/09/2020 7:34:09 AM PDT by chris37 (Impeach Chief Obama Injustice Roberts, a fraud, a clown and a tyrant!)
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To: Kaslin
Due to COVID-19 all TCP apps are being converted to UDP
14 posted on 03/09/2020 7:35:09 AM PDT by Vendome (I've Gotta Be Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB0ndRzaz2o)
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To: LeonardFMason

Excellent logic. For the virus to hurt Trump there would have to be a candidate who is a reasonable alternative. There are none.


15 posted on 03/09/2020 7:35:56 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog (Patrick Henry would have been an anti-vaxxer)
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To: Vaquero; a little elbow grease

that nails it

suppose it’s another soros op?


16 posted on 03/09/2020 7:36:56 AM PDT by thinden (How many Barr haters across America are being paid by Soros to attack Barr.)
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Partisan Media Shills update.


17 posted on 03/09/2020 7:37:08 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: Kaslin

Are they planning to let the virus vote?


18 posted on 03/09/2020 7:40:29 AM PDT by GingisK
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To: Pravious

People love the Apocalypse.

It’s titillating.


19 posted on 03/09/2020 7:40:32 AM PDT by ifinnegan (Democrats kill babies and harvest their organs to sell)
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To: Kaslin

I’m gonna say this only once! I stand in the word of God and..THIS IS A coordinated collusion hoax by the globalists and our homegrown liberal hating American mediaVOMIT communist liberals!! This is a freakin FANCY FLU HOAX!! THERE IS NO FREAKIN PROOF people are dying by the mass..that is why CHINA NEVER let trump’s CDC to the effected area!! FOLKS WAKE UP!! The mediapukes are shaping the narrative along with the America hating nations!!! IT’S ALL ABOUT BRING DOWN TRUMP!! So what to do? This is God’s way to bring his people to their knees!! This is spiritual...and only on our knees will God help our nation and destroy our enemies!!!


20 posted on 03/09/2020 7:42:18 AM PDT by RoseofTexas
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