WaPo Op-Ed: “Red America” May Vote Dem If Coronavirus Grows
WaPo Op-Ed: “Red America” May Vote Dem If Coronavirus Grows
The Washington Post’s motto asserts that “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” But, these days, the WaPo is where the truth, and democracy, goes to die. Just ask Nicholas Sandmann.
And in an op-ed piece yesterday, WaPo opinion writer, Greg Sargent, discussed a potential turn of the red tide in battleground states this fall.
Citing the analysis of William Frey of the (left-leaning) Brookings Institution, who’s “tracked the spread of the novel coronavirus by county each week,” Sargent writes:
Frey’s new top-line finding is that since March 29 — that is, in the past five weeks — some 1,103 counties across the country have newly achieved what Frey calls ‘high-covid status,’ and 813 of them voted for Trump in 2016, while 290 voted for Hillary Clinton.”
“In Frey’s analysis, a high-covid-status county is one in which 100 or more cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed per 100,000 residents.”
“And so, the fact that 813 of 1,103 counties confirmed in recent weeks as high-covid went for Trump shows some serious continuing spread into Red America.”
Ok. But how does that correlate to the next presidential election?
…as a political matter, the spread of the coronavirus in battleground states — particularly in red-leaning counties in them — could work against Trump, in part because of the national battle we’re seeing over reopening.”
Right. And Joe Biden—or any generic Democrat—would leave states closed indefinitely, re-fund the Chinese Communist Party-protecting Word Health Organization, destroy our energy sector, tax us into oblivion, and finalize the shredding of our constitution…and “fundamentally transform” our country:
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 4, 2020
That’s Obama-speak for “shove us into freedom-crushing communism.” Hopey changey!
More from Sargent:
‘As more people have friends and relatives who may be affected by the virus, they may turn toward a more moderate and less divisive approach than we’re hearing from the White House,’ Frey told me. ‘More people may be open to Democratic perspectives on this.'”
We’ve seen the “Democratic perspectives.” It’s why so many of us are out standing up for our freedoms and beginning recall efforts against those who have violated our constitution and our civil rights.
And thus Sargent’s Washington Post piece is inherently tone deaf, with at least two major argument flaws.
FLAW ONE: As I noted, those protesting for the re-opening of their states, fighting for their first amendment rights and against tyranny, will never vote blue. They recognize the mushrooming authoritarianism and exactly who’s inflicting it; it’s a large part of why they’re standing up.
FLAW TWO: Betraying the article’s headline, the piece never adequately tells the reader how the pandemic may affect those battleground states. Instead, it simply states that it could.
Which leaves me asking: Well…how?
Do those voters blame Trump for the virus? Not if videos like this from recent protests are any indication:
Or do those voters blame China? Yes. Most of us do. So the liberal media’s 24/7 pro-China, “Trump’s a xenophobe” nonsense isn’t seeping through to anyone other than their own bench.
Do they believe the president’s handling of the crisis is defective? How about his handling of the economy? Doesn’t seem so. But Mr. Sargent cites, as the basis for his reasoning, Pres. Trump’s encouragement of states to re-open, the very argument that those engaging in civil disobedience are making.
Do they think Joe Biden would have handled the crisis better? Not if the swine flu, the “big fucking deal,” and Benghazi are emblematic of his exceptional “leadership” skills. While President Trump is working 18-hour days, Biden can’t even find his fuzzy slippers.
Is the WaPo author surmising, as did at least one of his media colleagues, that an uptick in coronavirus cases in battleground states could result in deaths of older voters who support Trump, and thus affecting the election outcome? Is he hoping for it, as the author of this piece grotesquely explored?
The WaPo columnist neither asks nor answers those questions. Which is the crux of the problem with most of our American media today.
Exhibit A, floating around the interwebz, and breathlessly repeated yesterday by every news outlet imaginable:
Why do we keep paying attention to this model. It’s been way off, time and time again both in its national projections and its state by state estimates. Amazing. https://t.co/X1jbLfv59I
— Brit Hume (@brithume) May 4, 2020
By the way: the White House has rejected those numbers, but I’m betting you won’t see it reported in the WaPo.
Why? Because the left, with the WaPo at its helm, is running a campaign of fear and they have an election to win. No costs are too high, including crushing our economy and exploiting the fearful voters they’ve fostered.
It’s clear that the establishment left will stop at nothing to win the November election, and are employing every leftist ruse in their playbook to ensure that happens: from labeling those who simply want to get back to work as “extremists” who want people to “die,” to covering for the obvious touchy-feely habit that plagues their preferred candidate, to exploiting women for power, to making the shutdown as painful as possible in the tradition of Barack Obama’s, to grotesque water-carrying for the ChiComs, they’ve shown that nothing is off-limits in their quest to retake our White House.
Why? Because President Trump has taken a giant eraser to Barack Obama’s legacy; but more urgently, because Attorney General Barr is on the heels of holding accountable those responsible for the attempted coup against our duly-elected president. And they know that time is on their side, with just six months left before the election, while they exploit an electorate filled with daily reminders that they could die!!!, not because of a virus China released on the world, but because of Donald Trump.
But it’s all absurd. At least to those of us capable of critical thought.
So, no, Mr. Sargent, handing the White House over to the very people who tried to overthrow our president, and blame him for what China did, is not something anyone I know would ever even consider. So while you seem to think that those of us who support the president will somehow move toward a status-quo Joe Biden…and dare I say it, Michelle Obama ticket…in the wake of the coronavirus, is ludicrous and displays once again that the liberal media of which you are a part has no understanding, and no curiosity about, why we voted the way we did in 2016 or why we’ll do so again this fall.
In its reaction to the coronavirus, the Democratic Party has shown America exactly what it is and exactly how it would govern should we hand it back power this fall. Just about everyone I know recognizes that and rejects it. We believe in personal responsibility, freedom, and non-intrusive government, the very antithesis of what the Democratic Party is pushing. And the protesters out standing up to government overreach on behalf of us all understand this as well. And, in my humble opinion, that’s a clear and present commentary on the state of Joe Biden’s (or MO’s, as she positions herself as a ready-made option to a man unlikely to make it to November) presidential hopes.
Perhaps someone should alert Greg Sargent.
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