By Jon Dougherty
(TNS) There are few more decent people in politics today than Vice President Mike Pence, so whenever he is criticized — for anything — we tend to get our dander up around here.
The Vice President, who is a busy man anyway but even busier now that he is heading up the government’s coronavirus response, took time out of his schedule Sunday morning to appear on TV with one of the most disgusting, dishonest partisans in the mainstream media: NBC’s Chuck Todd.
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Because Todd, like most others in the “mainstream media” are far more interested in playing grab-ass “gotcha” games with Republican guests than actually discussing issues and informing their viewers, at one point during his interview with the Veep the hack turned his focus on administration complaints that Democrats have been politicizing the virus’ outbreak.
Red State summed it up:
On his Sunday broadcast, the journalist interview Vice President Mike Pence on his recent comments condemning people on the left for using “irresponsible rhetoric” when discussing the coronavirus issue.
The host then played a series of clips from conservative pundits lambasting progressives for politicizing the spread of the coronavirus. One of these commentators was Rush Limbaugh, who excoriated Democrats for having “weaponized” the virus. Donald Trump Jr. argued that the president’s opponents were attempting to “take a pandemic and seemingly hope that it comes here and kills millions of people so that they could end Donald Trump’s streak of winning.”
Todd then attempted to put the vice president on the spot, intimating that Democrats are not engaging in this behavior. “None of this seems to match the facts. What facts are there that Democrats are doing this? … Seems like people are asking questions, and they’re concerned about the virus. This, this implies some sort of political motivation, which is kind of gross,” he claimed.
Pence began explained that there have been several prominent progressives engaging in harmful rhetoric when discussing the problem. “Name some names, sir. Because it just feels like gaslighting. Please name some names. We’re all big people here. Name some names,” Todd responded.
The vice president then referred to a column written by Gail Collins for The New York Times which was titled “Let’s Call It Trumpvirus.” Then, Todd insulted the intelligence of his viewers by asking, “So you think the entire Democratic Party is doing this?
The VP has a lot on his mind, no doubt, so the last thing we expect he would have asked his staff before his interview would be to run down all the names of Democrats who have indeed politicized the coronavirus as the latest attempt to attack and undermine President Trump — like Todd knows has occurred.
So we want to not only help VP Pence out but set the record straight by ‘naming some names.’
In addition to Collins’ limitless stupidity, we’ve also documented some of the instances of Democrats blatantly and purposefully politicizing the virus. Let’s state with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York.
We noted February 25, before any virus deaths and before the number of diagnosed had even reached 60:
Like he does most days — this is a pathetic existence, by the way — Schumer waltzed his arrogant, pompous backside up to the dais on the floor of the Senate this morning to complaing, as usual without evidence, logic, or reason, that President Donald Trump’s ‘coronavirus response’ is somehow inadequate.
In particular, Schumer claimed that the White House’s $2.5 billion funding request to help federal, state, and local governments deal with the still-very-small outbreak of the virus in our country as reactionary, ill-advised, and ‘panicky.’
Following a closed-door briefing by the administration to all members of the chamber, Sen. Schmuck said the administration’s handling of the virus has been marked by “towering and dangerous incompetence.”
“Here in the United States, the Trump administration has been caught flat-footed. The administration has no plan to deal with the coronavirus, no plan and seemingly no urgency to develop one,” Schumer said.
Politicizing the coronavirus? You better believe it.
How about another name? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
We noted that, just two days later, the No. 3 in line for the presidency claimed that it was ‘already over’ — Trump blue it and we all just need to prepare to die, or something.
"Hopefully we can make up for the loss of time…and not be using scare tactics about people coming back to our country."
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 26, 2022
‘Hopefully we can make up for the loss of time’? It had been roughly a week since coronavirus cases had been in the U.S., there were fewer than 60 cases, and oh by the way, the president convened a coronavirus task force back in January.
RedState’s Elizabeth Vaughn wrote a piece pointing out that both former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Vice President Joe Biden lied about President Trump’s response to the outbreak of the virus. During the Democratic debate in South Carolina, Bloomberg said, “There’s nobody here to figure out what the hell we should be doing. And he’s defunded – he’s defunded Centers for Disease Control, CDC, so we don’t have the organization we need. This is a very serious thing.”
Biden echoed Bloomberg’s sentiments, bringing up former President Barack Obama’s response to a similar type of problem. “We increased the budget of the CDC. We increased the NIH budget…He’s wiped all that out…He cut the funding for the entire effort,” he said. — Red State
Those claims were fact-checked by the AP and others and found to be 100 percent false.
It gets better. As POLITICO reports, House Republicans “stormed out” of a closed-door coronavirus briefing after — wait for it — majority Democrats began politicizing the outbreak with unfounded, irrational criticism of the Trump administration’s response.
Name? How about Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), a 76-year-old woman who has dyed her hair dark with purple (yes, purple) ‘highlights’ (click this link).
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) kicked off the briefing sharply criticizing the administration as disorganized and lacking urgency in combating the coronavirus, lawmakers said. Her speech frustrated Republicans and some Democrats assembled to hear from the slate of officials from the CDC, NIH and State Department.
Early last week, The New York Times gave us some more names: Every 2020 Democratic presidential contender on a debate stage in South Carolina.
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Is “every Democrat” politicizing this? Of course not, and Todd knows that no one has made that claim, including the president and vice president. But by all means, let’s make this the focal point of an interview discussing the potential wider outbreak of a virus that clearly has a great deal of Americans concerned — and much more concerned than over who said what.
No wonder these people in the mainstream media simply aren’t believed or trusted.
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