Not only that, but the #AngryBluElephants, who want to
#TakeBackTheGOP, are requesting that the rest of the population
#TurnBlueNovember3, and in that spirit have been circulating memes like the one above,
holding OrangeManBad responsible for the death toll caused by the
To one Republican elected official's anger (who was a dorm mate of mine in college and who regrets the time of Ronald Reagan), my reaction on his wall has been as follows:
God that (with the help of the mainstream media), people are managing
to figure out who is to blame for the virus in America.
Just a couple of questions:
• When looking for the party responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans (as well as tens of thousands of Chinese, Europeans, etc…) at the "hands" of the Coronavirus, how come no news outlet ever seems to mention… China?
• Speaking of which: in
compiling Trump's allegedly sorry record in fighting the Wuhan virus,
how come no news outlet ever mentions that, like it or not, the very
first steps taken against the virus were Trump's outright ban of flights
from China? Steps widely ridiculed and demonized (as xenophobic and
racist) by the media and in Europe, by the likes of Joe Biden, Nancy
Pelosi (who promptly set up in a photo-op in San Francisco's Chinatown),
and by such luminaries as the Italian politician who organized a "Hug a
Chinese Tourist" movement.
• Do you remember the media's predictions in March, of two million deaths caused by Covid-19 in the U.S. before the end of the year? Would it be fair, some wag might say, to at least consider the viewpoint that the actual 220,000 toll means that Trump has… saved nearly 1,800,000 American lives?!
• And, more generally: a perennial with leftists is that (they love to repeat endlessly that) they are tolerant and considerate and (exceedingly) polite and, last but not least, and open to debate and discussion…
Why, then, is it that they like so much to shut conversation down?
This comment was not to the liking of the elected Republican official or to his wife (a charming woman, incidentally, whom he met at our college), who asked who I was to stand up for Donald Trump and why I did not believe Bill Gates when the Microsoft honcho denounced Trump's handling of the virus.
I’m not standing up for Donald Trump, nor for Joe Biden; I am not standing against either of them, either (or for or against Bill Gates, for that matter)
I am standing up (as best I can) for facts and the truth — in whatever direction they will lead me
All I am saying is that for every criticism of the Republican, you can find a criticism of a Democrat; or of a foreigner
If Trump can be criticized for halting the plane flights (Bill Gates criticisms which I disagree with, but that’s not the point), shouldn’t at least some opprobrium be directed at, say, Nancy Pelosi for telling people to go visit Chinatown or at the Italian mayors whose response was it to institute (get this) a Hug-a-Chinese-tourist policy? (the appalling public service (sic) videos are on YouTube!)
You speak of the “well-documented” policies
of Donald Trump…
Whatever the case with policy failings, general or detailed, real or alleged, the fact remains that Europeans didn’t react until weeks afterwards and few media outlets, American or European, seem to make much of that. Why isn’t that well-documented? And why does that not deserve any criticism?
It’s very strange that
people living abroad are always allowed to think ill of the USA 🇺🇸 —
antagonism which is supposed to reveal a deep dark truth about America —
but when they are skeptical of the PC view and have something positive
to say, they are told — by Americans and by their respective fellow
countrymen alike — to mind their own business.
perspective, you seem to be forgetting that “the second-rate actor”,
Ronald Reagan, was just as criticized and protested against in the 1980s
as DT is now, by (outraged) Americans and foreigners alike, and for the
People, American or foreign, are allowed to
think that a Republican’s policy towards the Soviet Union (in the 1980s)
or China 🇨🇳 (now) might be better than the PC fairy tale about how we
can all live together if leaders only speak to each other, all the
while ignoring how the same foreign leaders are really treating the
West, stealthily, as well as their own people — i.e., shabbily is the
softest word that comes to mind
If Foreigners (as well as Americans living abroad) have the right to criticize and protest the occupant of the White House, whoever is in the Oval Office, certainly they have the right to support same president as well, or to simply issue reservations…
In that perspective, it is telling that while protestors in America were burning the American flag, protestors in Hong Kong were waving the Stars and Stripes while singing the Star-Spangled Banner…
Does a protestor from Hong Kong, 🇭🇰
Xinjiang, or Tibet, i.e., not from the USA and living abroad — just like
a person from the USSR or Eastern Europe in the 1980s — likewise have
no right to praise Washington’s less conciliatory policy towards Beijing
or Moscow — or, for that matter, any other of the president's policies
(not excluding his vow that America will never be a socialist nation,
leading the economic locomotive of the world to follow in the footsteps
of, say, Venezuela, Russia, or… China)?
Those might be things to ponder over…