If you listen to Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris, you’d swear that President Trump is personally responsible for the deaths of the 185,000 Americans who have died from the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
“Donald Trump stood idly by and, folks, it was a deadly decision,” Harris complained. “Instead of rising to meet the most difficult moment of his presidency, Donald Trump froze.”
Harris made the claim in her pre-rebuttal of Trump’s acceptance of his party’s nomination.
That this was a pre-rebuttal says it all. The senator didn’t even bother to wait for the president’s speech. She knew what she wanted to say and that was Trump was incompetent.
According to the Democrats and their allies in the press, Trump failed to act quickly and decisively in dealing with the virus and is, as such, personally responsible for the thousands of deaths.
No one in the mainstream media, of course, is going to fact check Harris. So-called fact checking is reserved for Trump and the GOP.
So let’s take a look at how the United States has fared since the virus came ashore.
First of all, let’s acknowledge that the US is one big country. According to the United Nations, the US currently has an estimated 331,000,000 citizens.
With that many citizens, it is only natural that US deaths from Covid would be greater than that, say, of the United Kingdom with only 67 million citizens.
How to compare then?
Well, most statisticians would argue that looking at each country’s death rate per million is a relatively fair way of comparing what the virus is doing.
Looked at from that perspective, the US is doing far better than many other Western nations. The US has a Covid death rate of 568 per million, while the UK rate is 624, Spain 620, Italy 587. The country with the worst death rate is Peru which has a death rate of 890 per million.
But… but… Democrats and their press toadies will argue the virus is deadly here.
Well, another way at looking at how a country has handled the disease is to look at the confirmed case fatality rate – i.e., the percentage of people who have died and are confirmed as having the virus. This statistic gives a good indication of the kind of care patients are receiving.
In the case of the US, the confirmed case fatality rate is just about three per cent. That is a very good rate. Italy’s rate is 13.37 per cent by way of comparison. Canada’s is more than twice that of the US.
So all in all, the US is doing relatively well. See for yourself.
Now, as to Trump’s actions upon learning of the severity of the illness, let’s be clear here. The president took actions long before the leaders of other nations did. He appointed a task force almost immediately, he severely limited traffic to and from China well before any other leader. He mobilized companies to begin producing much needed equipment and jump started the search of a vaccine.
While he was doing all that, his political opposition was more concerned with trying to impeach him and urging their constituents to get out in public and be sure to visit Chinatown. This is well documented.
This attempt to rewrite history is perhaps one of the worst examples of intellectual dishonesty I have ever seen.
When the World Health Organization first announced the existence of the virus, no one took it very seriously, including the WHO. The Center for Disease Control head Dr. Anthony Fauci and other health officials were far more concerned with the influenza epidemic which was raging at that the time.
(By the way, it’s worth noting that the existence of the flu epidemic did not register on the press or the public.)
Those who claiming otherwise are outright liars.
Harris is a bald-faced liar.
That’s a fact.