Republicans are stuck in a rut. They are so bound to Donald Trump that they are now defending the indefensible, no matter how hypocritical they may appear.
First, candidates like Georgia’s David Perdue try to deflect attention away from Trump’s continued failures.
“Republican David Perdue excoriated President Barack Obama over his handling of the Ebola outbreak — contending that Obama had ‘failed to lead’ and ‘took a serious threat far too lightly.’" (CNN)
Diversion is an old tried and true GOP tactic. When you are wrong on an issue, point to the past making an issue on the “mistakes” that ocurred in the past. Draw attention away from the present. This is what Perdue is doing. However, candidates like Perdue go further.
“Perdue has praised Donald Trump, even as the President has repeatedly downplayed the coronavirus, contended it would disappear, called on states to be "liberated" as they were trying to isolate from the virus, was late to embrace mask wearing and has falsely claimed that more testing is the lone reason for more cases.
‘It's a totally different situation,’ Perdue told CNN last week when asked about his criticism of Obama in 2014.
Asked if he was concerned about Trump's handling of the crisis, Perdue said: ‘No, I think, given the uncertainty that we had at the very beginning, we've done everything we could. Right now he sees declaring Covid-19 as the enemy. We're not fighting among ourselves. We're all together: Democrats (and) Republicans should be fighting this virus.’" (CNN)
However, Perdue is wrong. Take for example the following facts about Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic.
Trump lies about the virus. Newsweek is reporting “Twitter posts containing unsubstantiated claims about COVID-19 shared by President Donald Trump overnight were ‘no longer available’ Tuesday morning.”
Trump’s misinformation campaign is having serious consequences. He is misleading the public away from facts toward information designed to politically benefit Trump at the expense of others. He is now being “called out” for his spread of misinformation about the Coronavirus.
Donald Trump, and states like Georgia, wanted to reopen their “economies” too soon. They are now paying the price by seeing massive increases in infections. If, however, these states did the prudent thing they would be seeing the benefits of the prudent acts.
‘Those countries that were on fire last spring and then did a lockdown are now the ones that have been successfully reopening,’ Osterholm ( Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota) says. ‘Their economies are back, they're enjoying life — and they're still maintaining control over the virus.’" (NPR)
Where is our country? Facing a surge in infections costing us both on the health front and the economic front.
Donald Trump has no defense for the mishandling of the pandemic. David Perdue has no defense for supporting actions resulting in the increased infections in his home state of Georgia. Georgia has 3509 deaths, many that could have been avoided by doing what other nations did by taking simple precautionary measures.
The GOP is engaging in deception and diversion at the cost of our public health and financial well being. Unfortunately, there are some who will be misled. Fortunately, there are more who will see Perdue’s defense of Donald Trump for what it is…
A political diversion to avoid responsibility for crucial errors at the expense of the American public.
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