COVID-19 has wreaked havoc around the globe, yet Ryan Cooper from The Week seems to think that it is conservatives who pose a huge hazard to public health.
In a recent rant, Cooper demonizes a wide range of conservative individuals and companies and ends with an implied wish that conservatives would suffer thousands of casualties as a result of the current pandemic. The hate is both palpable and totally hypocritical coming from someone who professes to believe in “tolerance.”
“Compared to what is needed to combat the crisis, Trump has done basically nothing,” Cooper wrote. “Meanwhile, he and his allies in conservative media have pushed an avalanche of misinformation that will only accelerate the spread of the disease. This is what the conservative movement has become: a gigantic public health hazard for America and the world.”
Even a quick look at the facts makes it clear that Cooper’s rant is far from accurate. Yes, the GOP doesn’t believe in regulating businesses as much as the Democratic Party does. But that has nothing to do with fighting the Coronavirus epidemic. While it is true that President Trump didn’t take drastic measures to combat COVID-19 when the pandemic was in its early stages, the same thing can be said of a large number of world leaders on both sides of the aisle.
European leaders, for instance, were recklessly allowing people to travel to and from Italy even as the number of infected there rose into the tens of thousands. Many nations didn’t even bother drastically limiting travel from China as President Trump did, a move that earned him liberal ridicule and accusations of being “racist.” Even the WHO failed to grasp the seriousness of the situation, and continually urged nations to allow people to travel the globe freely up until it too late.
While some right-wing media personalities wrongly downplayed the seriousness of the epidemic, many others were warning about how dangerous it was long before the mainstream media caught on. Zero Hedge, for instance, warned that COVID-19 could be spread from person to person before the WHO acknowledged that this was the case. Other conservative sources who warned their readers even before the left-wing media did include Michael Snyder, Tucker Carlson, and Michael Savage. They aren’t “outliers”, as Cooper claims. A huge number of conservatives knew what was going on and tried to warn others.
The fact that President Trump is doing everything in his power to combat the coronavirus while providing assistance to those who have lost jobs due to the pandemic is beyond dispute. Even far-left liberals such as Rep. Ilhan Omar, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo have praised the president for the way he is handling the current crisis. Granted, his response may not be perfect, but it’s hard to imagine a Democratic president doing better.