FIVE STORIES PRESIDENT TRUMP DOESN’T WANT YOU TO MISS

The White House – April 18, 2020
Donald Trump: We Are Reopening America ‘One Careful Step at a Time’
-Breitbart
“President Donald Trump on Thursday announced new guidelines for reopening America after the peak of the coronavirus crisis,” Charlie Spiering reports. “We’re starting our life again. We’re starting rejuvenation of our economy again in a safe and structured and a very responsible fashion,” the President said of his three-phase plan.
 
See the Guidelines: Opening Up America Again

Democrats Need to Stop Holding Small-Business Help Hostage
New York Post
“It’s beyond tragic: The loan program to aid small businesses hit by lockdowns is [now] out of cash, yet Democrats still refuse to OK new funds unless their unrelated demands are met,” the New York Post editorial board writes. “If small-business closures spike, costing countless workers their jobs, Americans shouldn’t forget the Dems’ cynicism.”

‘Experience of a Lifetime:’ Truck Driver Reacts to Being Saluted by Trump at White House
-Fox News
President Trump celebrated American truckers on Thursday for their work keeping our country supplied during the Coronavirus, Joshua Nelson reports. “Getting the honor and respect that I think the 3.5 million truck drivers deserve was just heartwarming because it was not personally me, it’s all of us doing our jobs,” Stephen Richardson said.
 
🚚 WATCH: President Trump welcomes truckers to the South Lawn!

Trump Puts U.S. Public Diplomacy on Notice
The National Interest
U.S. public broadcasting “has come in for extensive criticism for, among other things, skewed priorities in its outreach to Iran, internal corruption and mismanagement, and a failure to provide much-needed political balance in its reporting on hostile regimes,” Ilan Berman writes. Now, “the White House seems prepared to do something about it.”

We Have Liftoff: Space Force Gets its First Cadets From the Air Force Academy as it Charts the Future of Space Ops
Washington Examiner
“The United States Space Force will welcome more than 85 newly commissioned second lieutenants, who graduate from the Air Force Academy tomorrow,” Jamie McIntyre reports. The historic event will mark “the graduation of the first cadets to earn their degrees in space operations.”

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FIVE STORIES PRESIDENT TRUMP DOESN’T WANT YOU TO MISS

The White House – April 11, 2020
Help for America’s Small Businesses and Their Workers
-Fox Business
“We want workers to have work, not to become dependent on the unemployment system,” Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia and Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza write. President Trump’s new “Paycheck Protection Program addresses this by offering [100% forgivable] small business loans of up to $10 million.”
 
🇺🇸 President Trump: America Works Together!

Democrats Opt for Blackmail Over Small-Business Money—and the Media Covers for Them
New York Post
This week, Senate Democrats blocked a simple but urgent request to boost emergency relief for U.S. small businesses from $350 billion to $600 billion. “Everything is an opportunity,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, previewing Democrats’ plan to use the small business money as leverage for other items on their political wishlist.

Telehealth Plays Big Role in Coronavirus Cure
Orlando Sentinel
“As our country responds to the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, we are working rapidly to change the way we practice medicine to keep people safe,” Surgeon General Jerome Adams and CMS Administrator Seema Verma write. “For the duration of the pandemic, Medicare beneficiaries may now stay at home and use a commonly available interactive form of technology like FaceTime or Skype to have a telehealth office visit.”
 
🎬 VP Pence: We’re seeing results, thanks to the American people

WHO Failed
National Review
When President Trump limited travel from China in January—a move that bought America precious time to prepare for Coronavirus—the World Health Organization slammed the decision. “The record is clear: The WHO has lent its imprimatur to Chinese disinformation and blessed China’s slow response to its domestic outbreak, which likely caused a 20-fold increase in cases,” the National Review editorial board writes.

Ivanka Trump Lassos $1.6B for Virus-Slammed Small Companies
Washington Examiner
“Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s jobs czar, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have rallied American banks to pony up $1.6 billion to help small businesses and Main Street Americans crushed by the coronavirus,” Paul Bedard reports.
 
🎬 Ivanka Trump: “We’ll keep fighting for you.”

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Democrats Opt for Blackmail Over Small-Business Money

The White House – APRIL 10, 2020

—and the Media Covers for Them

“What a deal for Democrats: They get to hold the economy for ransom, and the media blithely cover for them,” the New York Post editorial board writes.
 
“On Thursday, Senate Democrats nixed a simple but urgent request to boost cash in the emergency small business loan program Congress set up this month from $350 billion to $600 billion.”
 
“Everything is an opportunity,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, previewing Democrats’ plan to use the small business money as leverage for other items on their agenda.
 
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“Frequently lost in the current debate surrounding hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine — should these drugs be used as treatments for the coronavirus? — is the fundamental principle of giving hope to individuals with life-threatening diseases. The emergency use authorization granted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for these two drugs provides one such avenue to give patients hope, as does key legislation signed into law two years ago by President Donald Trump,” Mary Vought writes for Fox News.

“This is fast becoming my favorite genre of journalism: A major news outlet will at first report accurately on a breaking news event, but then amend its own headline later in such a way as to make sure it does not a) reflect well on Republicans or b) reflect poorly on Democrats,” Becket Adams writes in the Washington Examiner.

“We shouldn’t replicate what happened after the H1N1 health crisis by depleting our stockpile and failing to replenish items that were removed and used in the treatment of patients. President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and their team will not repeat the mistake of the previous administration,” Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) writes for Fox News.

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Democrats prioritize politics over public health

ITEM #1: Are Democrats serious about effectively combating the coronavirus threat?

It appears not.

National Democrats stalled an economic rescue package in the U.S. Senate by insisting on a wish list of left-wing policy proposals that have failed to gain support on their own — and that have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with tackling the virus situation.  

Marc Lotter, Director of Strategic Communications for the Trump 2020 campaign, provides a partial list of the Democrats’ outrageous political demands:solar/wind tax creditspostal service debtelection law changescarbon emission limits$35M for Kennedy Centerimmigration expansionreturn of Obamaphonescommunity newspaper retirement plans$15 minimum wage
As James S. Robbins put it in a column for USA Today, “The 1119-page bill is Christmas in March for liberal special interests.”

Now, if you’re a sane person, you might be wondering how taking steps like imposing further limits on carbon emissions, or offering tax credits for solar and wind power, or expanding immigration would possibly have any effect in combatting a threat to public health.

The answer, of course, is: It wouldn’t. 

But no matter. Democrats sense an opportunity to exploit the current public panic in order to force their long-standing wish list of progressive policies on society, and so that’s what they’re going to try to do.

Actually addressing the crisis? Apparently that’s for others to worry about. 

As Obama’s former chief-of-staff, Rahm Emanuel, once said: Never let a crisis go to waste.

Fortunately, on Tuesday, President Trump declared in a tweet: “This will never be approved by me, or any other Republican!”

Amen.

ITEM #2: After President Trump noted that the anti-malaria drug chloroquine *might* help battle coronavirus, the media rushed to blame the president for the death of an Arizona man who reportedly tried it without a doctor’s prescription.

“We saw Trump on TV — every channel — & all of his buddies and that this was safe,” the man’s wife said in a media interview. “Trump kept saying it was basically pretty much a cure.”

Alas, it turned out, the man had taken “a fish tank cleaner.” And as Chuck Woolery noted:

“Chloroquine phosphate is not a med. It’s fish tank cleaner. No one, including President Trump, has ever suggested you take this for the virus. The media knows this. You can’t fix stupid. Why we despise the Press.” 

Added Jessica Fletcher of RealDailyWire:

“I really didn’t expect tonight to devolve into defending the President from being blamed for people drinking fish tank cleaning chemicals, but 2020 is a special kind of stupid.”

Indeed.

ITEM #3: Back in January, Joe Biden, now the Democrats’ frontrunner for President, wrote an editorial that was published by USA Today, in which he referred to President Trump’s travel bans to combat the spread of coronavirus as “reactionary” and claimed they would only make things worse.

In a separate interview on Tuesday, Biden said from his bunker in Wilmington, Delaware (and we dare you to make any sense of this):

“We have to take care of the cure. That will make the problem worse no matter what.”

Huh?

Imagine where we’d be today if Biden had been President back in January.

ITEM #4: On Monday, Joe Biden did a live streaming video in which he said: “Trump keeps saying he’s a wartime president. Well, start acting like one.”

Hmm. Let’s compare and contrast …

During his online video conference, Biden’s teleprompter apparently stopped working, and he got confused and stumbled around in his remarks. Meanwhile, President Trump was conducting a live, two-hour press conference, taking and answering all questions.

We think the country can see who’s a wartime president and who wouldn’t be.

And by the way, Americans seem to be quite satisfied with the President’s leadership on this issue. As reported by The Hill:

“A majority of American voters say they believe the Trump administration is taking strong enough measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey.

“Sixty-one percent of registered voters said they strongly or somewhat agree that the Trump administration is taking strong enough measures to slow or stop the spread of COVID-19, while 39 percent said they strongly or somewhat disagree.”


ITEM #5: We’re not done with Joe Biden just yet.

In his attempt to pander to the increasingly large faction of the Democrat Party that’s obsessed with identity politics, Biden has blatantly promised to engage in racial and gender discrimination.

From The Hill:

“In his debate with Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden made two pledges to voters and asked his opponent to do the same to nominate only a black woman for the next open Supreme Court seat and to choose a woman as his vice president. Even with identity politics, the pledge to impose a gender and race requirement for the next Supreme Court nominee is as ironic as it is troubling. What Biden was declaring, and what Sanders wisely avoided, would effectively constitute discrimination in admission to the Supreme Court. Indeed, the Supreme Court has declared that such race or gender conditions are strictly unconstitutional for admission to public colleges.”

The story’s author, Jonathan Turley, points out that under Biden’s standards, lots of current and past Supreme Court justices would be disqualified from consideration — including many favorites of the left:

“He would not consider a nominee like Ruth Bader Ginsburg because of the color of her skin. He would not consider Thurgood Marshall because of his gender. Louis Brandeis and Oliver Wendell Holmes would be losers under this policy. Indeed, this is just ironic for those four members of the Supreme Court who have voted consistently to uphold admissions policies based on race.”

And Turley adds that, “Imposing an absolute requirement that a nominee be a particular gender and race is effectively an affirmative action pledge. It is precisely what the Supreme Court already declared to be unconstitutional discrimination.”

In other words, Biden’s approach to choosing a nominee for the entity responsible for interpreting the constitution … would itself be unconstitutional.

ITEM #6: Among the left’s most ridiculously misguided ideas in recent years has been the movement to ban plastic bags.

It’s a stupid idea under any circumstances, but has been exposed as especially absurd — and dangerous — in the midst of the coronavirus threat. 

Eight states have imposed plastic-bag bans (fortunately, Nevada is not among them … yet). The problem, as Patrick Gleason of Americans for Tax Reform points out, is that, “All of these laws seek to force or encourage the use of reusable shopping bags, which pose a public health risk at any time and especially during the current pandemic.”

He explains further:

“A 2011 study published by researchers at the University of Arizona and Loma Linda University found that reusable shopping bags are often used for multiple purposes, transported and set down in many difference places, and ‘seldom if ever washed.’ Researchers discovered ‘large numbers of bacteria were found in almost all bags and coliform bacteria in half,’ along with a ‘wide range of enteric bacteria, including several opportunistic pathogens.’ A number of additional studies have found reusable bags can serve as carriers of bacteria that cause food-borne illness.”

Naturally, the danger is only heightened with this new virus on the loose.

And what are we all getting in exchange for increasing these risks to public health? Apparently nothing. As Gleason notes, “[T]here is also proof that reusable shopping bags are ineffective when it comes to reducing litter and benefiting the environment.”

Nice going, guys.

Thankfully, common sense has prevailed in a couple of states that have banned plastic bags, with Maine and New York announcing they’ve suspended their bans. 

Stopping these plastic-bag bans in the midst of our current public health challenges should be a no-brainer for the states with such laws on the books. But they’d be wise to do away with them for good, even after the crisis has passed. And states without such laws, like Nevada, should steer clear.

ITEM #7: The Mueller probe sure seems like ancient history at this point, but there was actually some important news about it this past week. In a nutshell: We just got what has to be the strongest evidence yet that this was nothing but a political gambit from the get-go. 

Writing for National Review, Andrew McCarthy has a piece that outlines the recent developments and what they demonstrate. He writes:

“More than an investigation, the Mueller probe was the wellspring of a political narrative. That becomes clearer as time goes by and more information ekes out … such as new confirmation that, months before Mueller was appointed in May 2017, it was already well understood in Justice Department circles that there was no case of criminal ‘collusion’ between the Trump campaign and Russia.

“Never was that made more obvious than by the Justice Department’s quiet announcement late Monday, under the five-alarm noise of the coronavirus scare, that it has dropped the special counsel’s indictment of Russian companies …”


This might seem puzzling at first glance. But it actually makes perfect sense once you understand the motivation behind the probe. McCarthy explains:

“[Prosecutors] were not going to charge any crime that called for proving Russia’s culpability in court. Their evidence is shaky and, if there were ever an acquittal, the Trump-Russia political narrative would be kaput, while the Putin regime celebrated a huge propaganda coup.

“So why did Team Mueller publicly file an indictment against Russians?

“Because they figured it was a freebie. The prosecutors assumed that they would never have to … you know … prove the case. The Russian defendants were in Russia. There was no way Putin would ever extradite them for an American criminal trial. The prosecutors knew that. What they wrote was not meant to be a real indictment. It was meant to be a press release. It was meant to be what Team Mueller was best at: the spinning of a narrative.”


The piece is truly excellent, and well worth reading in full, which you can do here.
 NOTABLE QUOTES“Every person lecturing you that economic suicide is necessary is still employed and collecting a paycheck.” – Sean Davis

“Our people want to return to work. They will practice Social Distancing and all else, and Seniors will be watched over protectively & lovingly. We can do two things together. THE CURE CANNOT BE WORSE (by far) THAN THE PROBLEM!” – President Donald Trump

“POTUS never said turn the economy back on and ignore the health crisis. He said we need to deal with both crises, draw the right balance, and make sure the cure is not worse than the disease. That’s common sense.” – Andy McCarthy

“Many media fear mongers are in panic right now that the United States might actually go back to work sooner rather than later. They’re trying to say they are worried about the health of Americans but the fact is too many of them are afraid the economy is going to snap back quickly.” – Charles Payne

“Poll: 61 percent of voters say Trump is taking strong enough measures to slow or stop coronavirus spread.  Imagine his numbers if the mainscream media didn’t hate his guts!” – Larry ElderForward to a Friend!
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