President Donald Trump addressed the nation from the Oval Office Wednesday night, updating the country on the Wuhan virus pandemic and announcing the implementation of new travel restrictions and proposed measures to help Americans physically and financially during the crisis. As my colleague Sarah Lee covered, Trump urged unity and asked that we put partisanship aside.
If you guessed that liberals and the NeverTrump/Bulwark/Ahoy! crew didn’t miss a beat in their constant drumbeat of illogical criticism, you’d be correct.
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) March 12, 2020
Resident Expert Tom Nichols offered his take on the President’s body language.
The first rule of a leader at a time of crisis is not to look more scared than the rest of us, and he seemed terrified
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) March 12, 2020
Massive loser Joe Walsh attempted a dunk, but fell flat on his face.
3 wks ago he called it a “hoax.”
2 wks ago he said cases of Coronavirus “we’re going very substantially down, not up” & “would be close to zero in a few days.”
Tonight, schools are closing, businesses are sending people home, the NBA season is cancelled, and Trump looks lost.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) March 12, 2020
Trump hadn’t even finished giving the speech when the cries of racism and xenophobia started coming from the left. For extra measure, they labeled it a “new travel ban” in hopes of linking it in the public’s mind to their successful “Muslim travel ban” lie.
Trump's Oval Office address was exactly what his Fox wingmen needed – now Sean Hannity et al can celebrate the new travel ban – while evading the real scourge of community spread within the US
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 12, 2020
Air America alum Ana Marie Cox asked a serious question, wondering if Trump *thinks* people in the UK are more white than the rest of Europe, and if that’s the reason the UK was exempted from the travel restrictions?
Oh, no. Trump matter-of-factly stated that the virus “started in China.” Therefore, it is a “foreign virus.”
In the first 30 seconds, President Trump says the virus 'started in China' and then calls it a 'foreign virus'
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 12, 2020
And? That’s hard-hitting Journalism, Mr. Dupree.
Obviously, the “travel ban” is racism, as WIRED’s Director of Audience Management explains. He takes it a step further, contending it furthers many of Trump’s devious plans.
Trump's ban on Europe travel continues on the defined path he's literally campaigned on: racism, money, and ignorance.
-Ban is only for foreign nationals
-Full of tax breaks and bailouts for businesses
-Ignores the science of how disease actually spreads
— Alex Whitcomb (@AlexWhitcomb) March 12, 2020
Everyone’s favorite CNN personality, Jim Acosta, who probably thinks that “a lot of Americans” don’t know the meaning of the word xenophobia, nonetheless asserts that those Americans will believe that a mention of the virus’s country of origin “smack[s] of xenophobia.”
Jim Acosta says that President Trump mentioning that the virus comes from China is "going to come across to a lot of Americans as smacking of xenophobia"
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 12, 2020
But it wasn’t so xenophobic back on January 23rd, as Townhall’s Storm Paglia points out.
— Storm Paglia 🇺🇸 (@storm_paglia) March 12, 2020