Keep it up, Chelsea. Keep it up, everybody, meaning the desperate Democrats, the bitter NeverTrumpers, the anti-America “resistance,” the suicidal mainstream media, and the Social Media Deranged. Virus stat-heads are closely watching “doubling” statistics, showing day to day whether the rate of increase in the number of infections is slowing down or speeding up. (In South Korea, it seems to be slowing down.) I’m watching a different phenomenon, the doubling of increasingly contrived attacks on the the President, fearmongering by anti-Trump fanatics, and the media as they sense one more opportunity to take this President down slipping away.
The Ethics Alarms diagnosis, not to keep you in suspense, is that this is failing, and indeed has failed for a wonderful reason. There may be a lot of stupid, ignorant, gullible people out there, but there aren’t enough stupid, ignorant, gullible people for this to work. Lincoln was right, as I have found myself observing more often in the past year than in the previous accumulated years of my muddled lifetime combined. You can’t fool all of the people all of the time.
Let’s dispose of Chelsea’s grandstanding tweet, which, among other things, shows why she desperately needed the intervention of Mom and Dad to score her various ridiculously high paying jobs. She ‘s an idiot. Literally nobody rational blames an international pandemic without precedent that began in China on a U.S. party or an individual, because that conclusion makes no sense. It makes no sense no matter how many hindsight bias stories are contrived and printed on the front page of the Times (there’s another one today.)
Of course not, Dr. Anthony Fauci said when questioned about whether the Trump administration was culpable for the testing kit manufacturing snafu. Americans know that the President isn’t God, and they can recognize the hypocrisy of partisans who have been complaining for three years that the President shouldn’t “act like a king” suddenly doing a 180 and attacking him for not controlling everything.
Chelsea’s tweet is hyper-partisan and incoherent (also remarkably lacking in filial self-awareness: if there was ever a family that has strived shamelessly to profit financially from its position and developing events, it is hers) , but it seems to have been partially triggered by the late revelation yesterday (discussed in this post) that Senator Richard Burr used the advance information his committee received about the Wuhan virus to sell off stocks before the predictable crash. Somebody should probably explain to Chelsea that selling stocks before a crash is not profiting off of the virus. Buying deflated stocks after the virus causes a crash and waiting until the stock value starts rising, as it will, would be profiting from it. (Betcha that’s what Mom is doing!)
That aside, “they” was quickly revealed to be three Republican Senators, Burr, Loeffler and Inhofe, and one very Democratic Senator, Diane Feinstein (D-Cal), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Her husband sold between $1.5 million and $6 million in stock in the biotech company Allogene Therapeutics, between Jan. 31 and Feb. 18.
When questioned , Feinstein’s spokesman hilariously said, “All of Senator Feinstein’s assets are in a blind trust. She has no involvement in her husband’s financial decisions.”
OK, how stupid does someone have to be not to see through that? Is Feinstein’s husband psychic? Was he eavesdropping on the Senate briefing, disguised as a fern? The Senator wasn’t involved in the sale, other than the fact that what she obviously told her husband was the reason he made the sale.
What the public isn’t too stupid to see is the Trump Deranged flailing, spinning and lying to try to make this national ordeal work for them, while the rest of the country is being responsible and American, being a community and not trying to figure out ways to shatter it. The Washington Post yesterday had to debunk a column by its own Jennifer Rubin (whom the election of Donald Trump drove stark-raving mad) after she falsely accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of delaying the vote on the House’s Wuhan virus bill.
“The failure to take an immediate vote on the House’s relief package last week was emblematic of the sloth and irresponsibility of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.),” Rubin wrote in her column the day before, accusing the Senate of “fiddling while Rome burns.” She was just making stuff up. “An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) delayed a vote on the House’s coronavirus relief package,” the Post correction reads.
Why did it read like that, since there were literally no facts to support it, and when the Washington Post supposedly has editors and procedures? How stupid do you have to be not to be able to answer that question, after the last three years, and the more recent primal scream of “ARRRGH! It’s a pandemic! We’re going to die! It’s all Trump’s fault!!!!”
So desperate are the Deranged that the beyond-ridiculous complaint that calling a virus from China a Chinese virus is “racist” became about the only thing “the resistance” could complain about yesterday. Has-been child actress Alyssa Milano tweeted, “Stop calling it the ‘Chinese Virus,’ you racist piece of shit!” How persuasive! Why don’t you go hang out with Chelsea?
Yet among the Facebook Borg, this propaganda, also imported from China (is it racist to call it Chinese disinformation “Chinese disinformation”?) was the leading complaint yesterday about the administration’s response to the disease.
The diagnosis of all this is that these people don’t know their history or understand the dynamics of the United States of America.
At times of national crisis, the American public does not blame the President, its leader. It rallies to the President. Always. Always. It does so because that is the nature of the office: part administrator, part party leader, part military leader, part figurehead/flag/symbol/link to history. At times like these, the President is us, like it or not. It is like —it is exactly like—the description of a Navy Captain’s relationship to the crew when the ship is in a typhoon that the Caine mutineers hear from their victorious but disgusted lawyer:
“You don’t work with the captain because of how he parts his hair…you work with him because he’s got the job, or you’re no good.“
The Democratic Party/”resistance”/ mainstream media “Axis of Unethical Conduct” have worked to destroy this President’s ability to fulfill the figurehead/flag/symbol/link to history part of his job, and weakened both the nation and the Office in the process. Three years, however, are not enough to kill two centuries of tradition and common sense. The Axis would have been wise to recognize that this was a time to be non-partisan and patriotic, and not appear to be willing to use this crisis as just one more excuse to attack the President—to mutiny, in effect—when the country knows it needs a captain.
The Axis, however, isn’t wise. It is shameless, like Chelsea, and stupid, like Alyssa, and dishonest, like Jennifer Rubin. And the public is not so fooled that it doesn’t notice.
According to the latest Harris Poll, the majority of Americans is satisfied with how the President is handling the crisis. When you consider that at least 40% of the public would disapprove if Trump cured cancer and eliminated the national debt, this is remarkable, but not surprising.
The American public is just not as stupid as the President’s enemies assume it is.