Morning Greatness: Media Fuels Coronavirus Panic to Damage Trump

Good Monday morning.

Here’s what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president  participates in a roundtable with supporters in Longwood, Florida
  • President Trump delivers remarks at a fundraising committee luncheon
  • The president returns to Washington D.C.

Media continues to fuel coronavirus panic, points finger at Trump

The media is in overdrive fueling panic, freaking out Americans so they buy rice and toilet paper and of course blaming Trump for the disease. So far there have been 21 deaths, with 554 confirmed cases of the virus. All but three of the deaths have been in Washington State and many have been in that nursing home, which is the worst possible place to introduce a highly contagious pathogen. Considering this virus has run amok all over the plant for at least two months, it’s amazing we don’t have a bigger spread. It’s very likely that people were infected with it before we knew about the novel coronavirus and sick folks thought they had the flu. If you are older and vulnerable with underlying health conditions, stay home. Please.

Just to put this in perspective, the CDC reports that so far this season, 34 million people have gotten the flu and about 20,000 have died from it. Even more perspective, the CDC reports about H1N1: “from From April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010, CDC estimated there were 60.8 million cases (range: 43.3-89.3 million), 274,304 hospitalizations (range: 195,086-402,719), and 12,469 deaths (range: 8868-18,306) in the United States due to the (H1N1)pdm09 virus.” Guess who was president during that outbreak? Do you remember experiencing the level of hysteria about H1N1 we are seeing now? Of course not.

This virus is just another opportunity to drag Trump.

We need to shut down visits to nursing homes. The number of confirmed cases will certainly rise as more test kits become available. If you think you are sick with the flu or coronavirus, quarantine yourself unless you need medical attention in which case you should go to the hospital.

Meanwhile, the infected Princess cruise ship is set to dock today in Oakland, CA. CNN reports 21 people on board are infected so far.

Wash your hands and stay home if you are sick.

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Twitter removes clip of Biden’s word salad, claims it’s deceptively edited

Here we go folks. White House social media director Dan Scavino tweeted out a clip of sleep Joe Biden stumbling over his words and mumbling about Trump and Twitter labeled it “deceptive.” Here’s the tweet:

Biden says, “Turn this primary from a campaign that’s about negative attacks into one about what we’re for,” Biden said in the clip posted by Scavino. “Because we cannot reelect, we cannot win this reelection. Excuse me, we can only reelect Donald Trump … ”

Well, he said it. It’s not like these kinds of things are out of character for Biden.

There will be a debate between Biden and Sanders on March 15, and sleepy Joe wants it to be a sit down debate. “Why does Joe Biden not want to stand toe-to-toe with Sen. Sanders on the debate stage March 15 and have an opportunity to defend his record and articulate his vision for the future?” senior Sanders advisor Jeff Weaver told CNN. Is it because sleepy Joe can’t stand for so long?

Tomorrow there will be primary elections tomorrow in seven states including Michigan. Will the coronavirus impact turnout?

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Other morsels:

Trump to skip St. Patrick’s Day Hill luncheon, blames Pelosi
Elise Stefanik Goes Shopping, Comes Back To Nasty Note On Her Car
Christopher Steele Refuses To Cooperate With US Prosecutor Looking Into Origins Of Trump-Russia Probe
After threatening ‘momentous’ action, North Korea fires weapons
Hunter Biden ‘willfully and contemptuously’ defying court order to turn over sensitive financial docs, contempt motion says
Devin Nunes responds to Christopher Steele defense of dossier: ‘Preposterous’
Illinois Supreme Court Won’t Dismiss Charges Against Jussie Smollett

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!

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About Liz Sheld

Liz Sheld is the senior news editor at American Greatness. She is a veteran political strategist and pollster who has worked on campaigns and public interest affairs. Liz has written at Breitbart and The Federalist, as well as at PJ Media, where she wrote "The Morning Briefing." In her spare time, she shoots sporting clays and watches documentaries.

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