Sen. Murphy: The Crisis Is Due To Trump and Not China

798px-Chris_Murphy,_official_portrait,_113th_CongressYesterday, we discussed how the media has long mocked the theory that the coronavirus originated at a lab in Wuhan that was researching not just coronaviruses but specifically naturally occurring bat-based viruses.  Some have been discussing the obvious possibility that the lab, not the nearby market, was the source.  Recently, it was disclosed that embassy officials in January 2018 alerted U.S. officials of serious problems in the lab which was conducting risky research on bats, the very source of COVID-19. China is known to have concealed the outbreak and arrested doctors trying to alert the world.  Now key players in the diplomatic and intelligence community believe that indeed the Wuhan lab was the original source.  There is however one member who continues to maintain that this crisis is due not to China but President Donald Trump: Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn).

Sen. Murphy declared on Anderson Cooper: “The reason that we’re in the crisis that we are today is not because of anything that China did, is not because of anything the WHO did. It’s because of what this president did. It’s because he didn’t take this virus seriously. We weren’t going to be able to keep every case out of the United States, but we didn’t have to have tens of thousands of people dying.”

What is clear is that China cost the world weeks of preparation when travel restrictions and enhanced production of material might have saved thousands of lives.  There is certainly room to criticize the President for his early comments on the virus. However, there is a bizarre desire to shift the primary blame for this crisis from China to Trump.  Given the cost of tens of thousands of lives and millions of cases, it is highly disturbing to read such comments.

Millions have contracted a virus because China not only arrested those who wanted to warn the world but buried needed research on the origins of the virus.  That is putting aside the concern that the virus may have been released from the lab.

Once again, there is a legitimate debate if the White House did enough on the virus.  I am still trying to work through those criticisms because it seems like we are speaking about a relatively short period of a couple weeks.  However, none of that justifies the narrative that this is a crisis caused by Trump as opposed to the regime in China.

226 thoughts on “Sen. Murphy: The Crisis Is Due To Trump and Not China”

  1. China has won WWIII and is now the global hegemon. China launched the preemptive “first strike” of World War III. The War Protocol requires a retaliatory “second strike” by the U.S. to establish the vitality of its military. The U.S. failed. China has rectified its self-inflicted acceptable losses as collateral damage and has made a hard turn to full economic and military “first recovery.” China deployed relatively innocuous germ warfare ordnance not dissimilar to neutron weapons which injure and kill biological entities but avoid physical structures and equipment. American communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats) “colluded” with their allies, communist China, ordering a strike date six months prior to the actual voting in a presidential election year to facilitate the inducement of mass hysteria and panic in the electorate.

    Congratulations, China.

    Congratulations, American Communists.

    1. George you have elaborated a hypothesis that must be considered by strategists and prognosticators. some of us discussed this “neutron bomb” analogy beginning of march. and I”ll just say why I do not find it plausible at this time:

      a) the “acceptable losses” were not realistically projectible. it’s unlike a very well positioned player to take a deep unpredictable risk when the current safer strategies are already productive.
      b) the losses might touch the CCP cadres at every level including high level infection possibly deaths….. are they really that brave? i doubt it.
      c) the simpler and more profitable acts of war would be encroaching more aggressively in the South China seas. they’re doing that, but only modestly. i think they are actually very conservative and risk averse in their forward stragegies.
      d) bioweapons are hard to control and are often backfire on those who deploy them. this is known from only a little actual historical experience but that has included early WWII Jap bioweapons testing on civilian Chinese in Nanjing, Chinese don’t forget that. see., Unit 731 wiki entry “An attack on Changda in 1941 reportedly led to approximately 10,000 biological casualties and 1700 deaths among ill-prepared Japanese troops, with most cases due to cholera.” bioweapons were developed by the US and USSR but mothballed not only for “peace” but because they were deemed ineffective compared to other weapons in use.
      e) economic damage to America directly damages the PRC which makes all the “‘stuff” in their factories. And the mafia kingpins who extract the “street tax” in the form of ominpresent bribes from Chinese businesses and individuals, would certainly be massively harmed in their pockets from attacking America.
      f) the genome research shows that the sars-cov-2 was emergent from nature, not lab created. I tend to think the Wuhan lab was involved but probably accidental release.

      nonetheless, these possibilities should be run down by investigators into the real “What happened” — if possible.

      1. Mr. K, this is parody of Sen. Murphy’s position. Likely, this was an accident and a massive, global wrongful death and damage suit should have been filed already. This is the most colossal tort in human history. Courts just found PG&E guilty and awarded $30 billion+ for unwitting, inadvertent causation of wildfires. China is guilty of a lack of oversight and regulation, dereliction and negligence, at a minimum. U.S. debt to China must be frozen. China must be sued into insolvency.

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    1. The direct and mortal enemies of America, the communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats) need eviction from America.

      The principles of communism, as any and all forms of central planning, control of the means of production (regulation), redistribution of wealth and social engineering, are all precluded by the Constitution and irrefutably unconstitutional.

      Government cannot tax for redistribution, regulate anything other than commerce, money and land and naval Forces, or possess or dispose of private property.

      Those who promote the principles of communism promote the nullification, subversion and total destruction of the Constitution and are direct and mortal enemies of the Constitution, Bill of Rights and America.

      It is long past time to repulse the enemy.

  3. Sen Murphy is the Connect Commie Obama wannabe only he’s not Black but his ideoplgy is all the same it’s all America’s fault. Folks, I moved out of CT to escape the eexcessive high taxes. And moving to another lower tax state got a $8,000 PAY RAISE DUE TO MY LOWER TAXES.

  4. And all the Comrades got into lock step and jack booted their way to the nearest media office to give us their version of a false truth as dictated by the ruling class of their classless society to the programmers of the parts that make up the machine known as The Collective. What is Murphy’s part number anyway?

  5. Pivoting is what Dems do best: change the subject, attack, deny, obfuscate.
    Joe Biden, his brothers, his son Hunter are terrific at pivoting


    Joe Biden’s #MeToo Moment

    The former Vice President asks us not to believe the woman.

    If there is a silver lining to the ugly #MeToo accusation against Joe Biden, it is that the reluctance of the left and the media to pursue it as vigorously as charges against other men suggests they may have discovered that principles such as due process and the presumption of innocence still matter in America. Or so we can hope.

    The accusation against the presumptive Democratic nominee for President comes from Tara Reade, a former Senate staffer for Mr. Biden. In 1993, she says, then-Sen. Biden pinned her to a wall, put his hand under her skirt and digitally penetrated her. On Sunday The New York Times carried a story that cited a friend who said Ms. Reade told her about the incident right after it is alleged to have happened. It also cited her brother and another friend who said she’d told them over the years. The friends were anonymous.

    Mr. Biden denies the accusation, unequivocally. But here’s the complication. Mr. Biden has long embraced the view that women must be believed on sexual assault. Except, apparently, for Ms. Reade.

    Mr. Biden has a long and convoluted history here. When Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her, Mr. Biden, as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, insisted she would have to make her case publicly so Mr. Thomas could answer the charges. In 1994, for their book “Strange Justice,” he told Jane Mayer and Jill Abramson that he acted with “fairness to Thomas, which in retrospect he didn’t deserve,” and he later apologized to Ms. Hill. Now he wants the fairness standard for himself.

    Mr. Biden has long painted himself as a champion for victims of abuse and harassment, saying his proudest legislative achievement was the 1994 Violence Against Women Act. As Vice President he appointed the first White House Adviser on Violence Against Women and served as point man for the Obama Administration’s effort to change the “culture on campus” toward sexual assault and harassment. This turned out to mean throwing protections for accused students out the window and allowing the minimum standard of evidence to conclude guilt.
    After Mr. Biden had left office, Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, was accused by Christine Blasey Ford of sexually assaulting her when the two were in high school. Mr. Biden spoke generally at the time about these kind of he-said, she-said cases involving a public figure.

    “For a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally,” he told reporters, “you’ve got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she’s talking about is real, whether or not she forgets facts, whether or not it’s been made worse or better over time.” Again, except for now.

    The accusation against Mr. Biden has also exposed the double standards of the media. When Mr. Kavanaugh was the target, for example, the New York Times reported Julie Swetnick’s charges—including that she’d seen Mr. Kavanaugh at high school parties where women were “gang raped”—the same day she made them. They were smears backed up by no evidence. There’s been much less media appetite to report on Ms. Reade’s claims.

    Times editor Dean Baquet waited 19 days to report her allegation and was asked by his own media columnist why Mr. Kavanaugh was treated differently. His answer: “So I thought in [Ms. Reade’s] case, if The New York Times was going to introduce this to readers, we needed to introduce it with some reporting and perspective. Kavanaugh was in a very different situation. It was a live, ongoing story that had become the biggest political story in the country. It was just a different news judgment moment.” It sure was.

    We said at the time that we didn’t know if Ms. Blasey Ford was telling the truth, and we don’t know whether Ms. Reade is now. When women make serious charges they deserve to be taken seriously, but that shouldn’t mean assuming an accused man must be lying. The right way to proceed is to decline to make a judgment and examine the claims and supporting evidence. In the case of Ms. Blasey Ford, no corroboration was forthcoming.

    All of this is called due process and the presumption of innocence. These protections apply to everyone—including those who would deny them to others. Such as Mr. Biden

    1. @TThompson, speaking of pivoting, I see you wasted no time in using this opportunity to remind us of Biden’s recent molestation allegation from 30 years ago. Why not elaborate on Trumps 2 dozen plus accusers? Or the fact that up until 2017 Biden’s accuser was a huge fan of his, tweeting about how he was the best VP ever, knew what he was talking about when it came to women, and she knew because she worked for him? All before she took it down and started becoming Russia’s biggest cheer leader. Wonder why she waited until all the other Dems dropped out to have a change of heart? Might want to investigate what Putin’s paying her/threatening her with. Not saying she doesn’t have dirt on Biden, but I’m willing to bet it’s closer to the extramarital affair category than what’s she’s being coerced into saying if you look at the full history of her post

    2. Very true TThompson. Elizabeth Warren is also complicit, though that should surprise no one considering Senator Lie-a-watha threw Buttgieg under the bus for doing what she had done for ages…milking millionaires like her

      Glaring #MeToo hypocrisy haunts Warren endorsement of Biden

      Sen. Elizabeth Warren is a hypocrite. This isn’t news — frankly, it’s something we’ve known for quite some time now.

      Whether it’s attacking 2020 competitor Pete Buttigieg for the same kind of fundraising from millionaires that she herself had just recently engaged in, or lying to smear rival Bernie Sanders as sexist, Warren has a long record of insincerity. But even with all this in mind, the glaring hypocrisy posed by the senator’s late-in-the-game endorsement of presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is a doozy.

      In a compelling video released Wednesday, Warren endorsed Biden and backed his 2020 campaign. She also said Wednesday evening that she would agree to be his running mate if asked. Warren’s endorsement focused on Biden’s character, highlighting what she sees as his compassion, fundamental decency, and competence. It was, honestly, a well-done and moving endorsement.

      There’s just one glaring problem. Biden now faces an accusation of sexual assault. It isn’t necessarily true, but Warren has established herself as one of the nation’s most prominent #MeToo advocates, demanding in the past that we “believe all women” and railing against Republicans who faced similar or even more unfounded accusations, such as Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

      A quick recap of the facts here is in order.

      When Professor Christine Blasey Ford accused then-Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh of sexual assault, she had no evidence, no corroboration, and her story had changed over time. In fact, she couldn’t even remember where or when this alleged assault had taken place, nor could she prove she’d ever met Kavanaugh, let alone been assaulted by him. Yet the professor gave compelling testimony before the Senate and accused the judge publicly, and for Warren, this was enough.

      The senator called Blasey Ford’s account “harrowing,” praised her courage, and said, “I believe Dr. Ford.” Warren said, “Nobody is entitled to a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court … Dr. Ford’s credible accusations [are] sufficient reason to vote no on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.”

      “Republicans are playing politics with the Supreme Court,” Warren continued. “And they are willing to step on anyone, including the victim of a vicious sexual assault, in order to advance their agenda.”

      “Some [women] make the difficult and personal decisions to come forward and tell their stories,” Warren went on. “They, like all survivors, are courageous, and they deserve to be heard and treated with respect.”

      “Members of [the Senate] should vote no on Judge Kavanaugh,” the senator concluded. “Our country deserves better.”

      Now that Biden faces an accusation, boy has Warren’s tune changed. Suddenly, she herself is the one “willing to step on the [alleged] victim of a vicious sexual assault” to advance her party’s agenda. Former Senate staffer Tara Reade has accused her former boss of sexually assaulting her in 1993. In this case, unlike that of Blasey Ford, we can actually place Reade in the same room as Biden, since she did indeed work in his Senate office. And although her story has inconsistencies, it also has more contemporaneous corroboration than Ford’s ever did.

      Warren doesn’t care because Biden is a Democrat. The senator released her Biden endorsement just days after the New York Times published an explosive story on the Reade allegations. It didn’t make her rethink anything. Far from “hearing” out a “courageous survivor” and “treating her with respect,” Warren has given Reade the cold shoulder and disregarded a more credible accusation than the one that she believed disqualified Kavanaugh from public life.

      To quote the senator herself, “Our country deserves better.”

  6. More pivoting to shift blame from Trump for his failures and responsibility for the spread of this disease, and, of course, the gratuitous criticism of a Democrat. You have a report from 2 years ago that there were criticisms of lab procedures in China. TWO YEARS AGO. What was the result? Was that lab working with this particular strain of corona virus? You would have to be able to prove it was the exact same strain in order to even speculate about the lab being the source. The lab was working with bats, but there were also bats in the Wuhan market, so even if the strains were identical, this does not prove that the lab was the source. Did the virus get out due to sloppy lab procedures? If so, why didn’t we have a pandemic TWO YEARS AGO? Did China take remedial measures TWO YEARS AGO? Why would we assume that TWO YEARS LATER the lab is the source of this novel strain of COVID-19? Besides, have you seen what Trumpy Bear said about China being “transparent”, “working hard” to contain the virus, and his congenial relationship with President Xi.

    Look at the lawyer-esque weasel wording to support this shaky claim: “obvious possibility”…”key players believe”….”virus may have been released”. No facts. Just speculation.

    Let’s discuss what isn’t speculation, and that is Trump’s abject failures and clear blame for the extent of spread of COVID -19 in the U.S.. He dismantled the pandemic rapid response team and threw away the playbook. The stockpile was depleted, and he had 3 years to do something about it, but didn’t. He was warned about this in January, and either didn’t pay attention or didn’t care. It cannot be seriously disputed that if he had recommended quarantining then, lives would have been saved Up until March 16th, when is when he supported shutting things down, he claimed that 15 cases would soon be 0 cases, that this infection would “magically disappear” by April, and that we would have a vaccine “very quickly”, all lies. He also claimed that Hydroxychloroquine is a “game changer”, and the worst of all, he called this a “hoax”. This isn’t just a lassiz faire lack of leadership: this is much worse–overt lying and politicizing this crisis, shown by his daily campaign rallies masquerading as updates on this crisis.

    1. Make yourself useful Natch and go sew some masks. All the hot air is just spreading the virus

      if people were putting as much effort into helping people get with wearing masks as they were on the blame game then we would be seeing a lot more people wearing masks. i went out today and i was incredibly dismayed at the lack of simple wise individual compliance with the best prophylactic that we all can do

      1. My husband and I went to the supermarket yesterday and we laughed at the very people wearing masks. It does nothing for protection, except coddle their fears, particularly since the reason for wearing masks is to protect those near you. Wear masks to protect others from you. That is the CDC recommendation

        And what to make of those drivers wearing latex gloves and masks as they drive their cars…..with the windows closed?


        Fear is killing us, not the Wuhan virus

        1. oh when those drivers pull up to the drive through for ten different reasons when they dont have masks and then cough on the workers they interact with face to face in drive through, etc that’s the spread and how. not when they’re alone driving, but when they pull up.

          as for “laughing at people wearing masks” you are a stupid fool. by doing so you discourage socially useful behavior,. this not loving your neigbhor, it is mocking them. fools laugh at others and call them scared, and thus you add to the problem. you’re an awfully stupid woman beatrix and obviously an arrogant and selfish one.

          in the meantime you can call me scared and I tell you yes, I am scared of viruses, death, sickness, and dying. I am not in denial of my fear; i embrace my fear like a brother; i let it flow through me, awaken the energy in every cell in my body, and enervate me to do what i must. Fear helps me think, and act.

          But I don’t fear, fear. Fear’s my constant friend since i learned fear as a little kid defending myself on the playground, now im still alive many decades later.

        2. The CDC lied through their teeth about masks, because they wanted to protect the supply chain to health care workers.

          Japan has contained this epidemic. They are still working and making intensive use of mass transit. The use of masks and touch taboos are ubiquitous in Japan.

          And, yes, there is evidence that viral load at the time of your infection is important.

          Go away.

          1. Clueless or gripped with conspiracy / fear / boredom at home?

            The CDC has not conspired against Americans. How sophomoric and Alex Jones of you

            No mask that Americans make at home or semblance therein will prevent a virus from penetration. Go ahead and cower or paint your doorposts with blood of Chinese rams. That will surely keep the few friends you have from visiting you

            1. “No mask that Americans make at home or semblance therein will prevent a virus from penetration.”

              This is the height of stupidity. You probably never use a tissue when you sneeze or wash your hands when you go to the bathroom. You probably pick your nose and pass it on to others It’s basic cleanliness used by good people forgotten by those who live in a sewer.

            2. I could care less about whether or not CDC persists in the incompetent lie that masks are not necessary. they are. This is precisely the main way that East Asians have constrained the spread of the virus– to the extent they have. Testing and tracing and physical distancing play a role too but people need to wear masks when they go out. This is super important and the rate of compliance among Americans is sadly, still very low.

              And as Absurd said viral load at time of exposure makes a difference in the severity of infection. there’s empirical evidence of this and it’s in line with other sorts of respiratory contagions. And wearing barriers reduces viral load exposure because it blocks some if not all droplet spread. This is basic physics. You can go look it up, the peer reviewed scientific literature is out there, I don’t need to rehash the basics, see it for yourself.

              Really, anonymous, don’t be part of spreading lies, that will not serve the common good.

              1. We are in complete agreement about masks, Mr Kurtz.

                Masks work. Everyone should be wearing them. Only idiots believe otherwise.

            3. Anonymous, but the CDC was talking about N95 masks at the time. I asked people not to buy them, as they were needed for medical staff.

              That’s different than a DIY fabric mask or bandana.

          2. I agree. You could tell they were not telling the truth because in the same breath they claimed they needed the N95s for medical staff.

            If it does not protect then why would medical staff need them?

            Another thing I would point out is that the society of Japan, on the whole, obeys government orders. Many are not averse to wearing masks. Their greeting is typically a bow, not a kiss on the cheek or mouth. They have strict border control and travel bans, and require resident foreign nationals to quarantine for 14 days upon re-entry to the country.

            The last I had looked into it, Japan had only tested 14,000 people. Only the sickest. There have been accusations that their refusal to test, despising having the capacity for it, is artificially depressing their numbers.

            So, on the one hand, their restrictive testing is likely hiding a large number of cases. On the other, their cultural norms, acceptance of masks, and other policies, have been helpful.


        3. ” Wear masks to protect others from you.”

          So beatrix believes that nurses, doctors, firefighters, police officers, and EMTs are wearing masks (and other protective gear) in order to protect their patients.

          “Thousands of health care workers infected with coronavirus, CDC report finds”

          “A total of 27 medical professionals have died from the virus.”

          It’s not “fear that is killing is” — as beatrix believes. It’s stupidity.

          Keep laughing, though, beatrix. Maybe you’ll laugh your way to an early grave. One less stupid person.

          1. Anonymous – a surgical mask protects the patient from the droplets that might be shed by a surgeon or nurses. A surgical mask does not form a seal around the mouth and nose. It’s job is not to filter out infectious particles to protect the wearer, but rather corral heavy droplets.

            If the doctor accidentally spits while talking to a nurse, that droplet could fall right into an open surgical site.

            An N95 sealed mask filters out certain sized particles, if sealed properly, AND protects others from heavy droplets.

            1. Perhaps I wasn’t clear. (This is to Karen S.)

              Masks are worn to protect everyone, including patients.

              And yes, different types of masks provide different levels of protection, but thanks for taking the time to elaborate. Perhaps there are people here who don’t understand the differences and limitations…

          2. So beatrix believes that nurses, doctors, firefighters, police officers, and EMTs are wearing masks (and other protective gear) in order to protect their patients.

            Surgeons wear masks to protect patients. It is very effective at keeping the person wearing the mask from spewing germs. The same theory applies to wearing masks in public to stop the spread of the corona virus. Without masks much of the spread is the result of people who do not know they are carriers.

            1. It’s both. It’s to protect patients AND healthcare workers. Transmission occurs in both directions.

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      April 16, 2020 at 12:37 PM

      Prez Trump needs to round up/arrest all these traitors to the US like Sen Murphy & use them to test the Bill Gates Vaccine he had patented 2 YEARS AGO for the Wuhan Commie Bio-Weapon then a fair trial for their crimes against humanity.

      Dr Boyle interview from 4/12/2020:

  7. State Department And U.S. Intelligence Knew About Wuhan Laboratory

    Why Didn’t Trump??

    Two years before the novel coronavirus pandemic upended the world, U.S. Embassy officials visited a Chinese research facility in the city of Wuhan several times and sent two official warnings back to Washington about inadequate safety at the lab, which was conducting risky studies on coronaviruses from bats. The cables have fueled discussions inside the U.S. government about whether this or another Wuhan lab was the source of the virus — even though conclusive proof has yet to emerge.

    In January 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing took the unusual step of repeatedly sending U.S. science diplomats to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), which had in 2015 become China’s first laboratory to achieve the highest level of international bioresearch safety (known as BSL-4). WIV issued a news release in English about the last of these visits, which occurred on March 27, 2018. The U.S. delegation was led by Jamison Fouss, the consul general in Wuhan, and Rick Switzer, the embassy’s counselor of environment, science, technology and health. Last week, WIV erased that statement from its website, though it remains archived on the Internet.

    What the U.S. officials learned during their visits concerned them so much that they dispatched two diplomatic cables categorized as Sensitive But Unclassified back to Washington. The cables warned about safety and management weaknesses at the WIV lab and proposed more attention and help. The first cable, which I obtained, also warns that the lab’s work on bat coronaviruses and their potential human transmission represented a risk of a new SARS-like pandemic.

    Edited From: “State Department Cables Warned Of Safety Issues At Wuhan Lab Studying Bat Coronavirus”

    Washington Post, 4/1420

    1. Very good question.

      I suspect either a) somebody sat on it and didn’t pass it up fast or hard enough the ladder and/ or
      b) saboteurs stopped Trump from getting the scoop and/ or c) somebody was just scared to say so

      maybe a mix of all three.

      this is kind of like 9/11. it turns out the government had a lot of small warnings but they were not sufficiently collated, parsed, and translated into actionable intelligence reports to decision makers

      perennial problem in organizations

      1. The eternally ineligible Obama funded corona virus research in Wuhan after he was ensconced by the Deep Deep State.

  8. Key Passage From Column:

    “Recently, it was disclosed that embassy officials in January 2018 alerted U.S. officials of serious problems in the lab which was conducting risky research on bats, the very source of COVID-19”.

    The only question here is: “WHO WAS PRESIDENT IN JANUARY OF 2018?”

    In yesterday’s column, Turley included a link to a Washington Post column that contained a link to an extensive New York Times article on this subject. Intelligence officials warned the White House about the Wuhan laboratory. And again, Trump was president at the time.

    1. This is the correct line of attack.

      But it is not the line of attack Senator Murphy used. It jibes more with what Tom Cotton might say. And it has not been brought up at press conferences by the media.

  9. The Senator might be more believable if he provided some reasonable support to his claim rather than mere speculation.

    What is curious (to me) is the good Dr. Fauci, the head of the NIH ($34 B budget). The Daily Mail reported Sunday that Fauci approved NIH $3.8 M funding of this Wuhan lab (other labs in Wuhan?) to study viruses from bats. Also in ’17, Dr. Fauci predicts Trump will be confronted with a pandemic in his first term (¿prescient?). In 2018, US officials report to the State Dept. that the lab was sloppy with poor operating procedures. And then the virus begins it’s appearance in late Nov., with deaths in early/mid Dec. 2019.

    Did not the NIH and Fauci receive any studies, reports, updates in the prior 3 years for the $3.8 M invested? The NIH/Fauci were completely uninformed? When these first reports became known in the small virology community, and coupled with the reports of sloppiness less than 2 years earlier, didn’t NIH become curious and ask the lab questions, solicit info? Wasn’t Dr. Fauci curious at all? And yet Dr. Fauci never mentioned to the public that the NIH had a relationship with this lab, it had to be discovered by reporters.

    The Chinese are definitely the root cause of this virus, but the complicity and/or negligence of Dr. Fauci needs to be investigated (as well as the WHO and CDC).

  10. When I read this blog this morning I thought WOW…not even bythebook, anonymous, mcwilliams and the rest of that crew couldn’t possibly be dumb enough to buy Sen. Murphy’s crap. Alas, I was wrong. So for the benefit of the aforementioned imbeciles, here’s the actual timeline of events………………

    Soon after the coronavirus infected its first human in late 2019, China’s government systematically hid key facts about the contagion and detained a doctor who tried to warn the public. The chronology begins here.

    Jan. 4: The head of the University of Hong Kong’s Centre for Infection warns that “the city should implement the strictest possible monitoring system for a mystery new viral pneumonia that has infected dozens of people on the mainland, as it is highly possible that the illness is spreading from human to human.”

    Jan. 6: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues a “level 1 travel watch — the lowest of its three levels — for China’s outbreak,” according to the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. The CDC said the “cause and the transmission mode aren’t yet known, and it advised travelers to Wuhan to avoid living or dead animals, animal markets, and contact with sick people.” The CDC also offered to send a team to China, but China declined.

    Jan. 8: The World Health Organization (WHO) declares, “Preliminary identification of a novel virus in a short period of time is a notable achievement and demonstrates China’s increased capacity to manage new outbreaks.”

    Jan. 11: China reports its first coronavirus death.

    Jan. 14: The WHO announces, “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in Wuhan, China.” Meanwhile, according to The Associated Press, internal Chinese documents show that government officials acknowledged likely human-to-human transmission of coronavirus, and said they were following orders from the president of China.
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    Jan. 15: Trump and China sign “phase one” of a trade deal to rein in a historic and damaging trade war.

    Jan. 17: The CDC and the Department of Homeland Security announce that travelers into the U.S. from Wuhan will undergo new screening at several major airports.

    Jan. 19: The WHO hedges somewhat: “Not enough is known to draw definitive conclusions about how it is transmitted, the clinical features of the disease, the extent to which it has spread, or its source, which remains unknown.”

    Jan. 22: Trump responds to whether he’s concerned about a possible pandemic, “No. Not at all. And we have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” Trump was referring to a resident from Snohomish County, Wash., who came back from China on Jan. 15 and was diagnosed with the coronavirus.

    Jan. 23: Vox publishes an article stating that travel bans to fight viruses “don’t work.” The article initially referred to the “Wuhan coronavirus,” before being edited weeks later. The article’s URL remains unchanged.

    China seals off Wuhan, canceling plane, train and bus travel.

    Jan. 24: Trump tweets in praise of China’s “transparency.” (On April 1, the Biden campaign mocked the president for the tweet, and claimed Biden “publicly” warned Trump not to trust China.)
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    Jan. 27: The Biden campaign, including its top coronavirus adviser Ron Klain, praise China for being “transparent” and “candid.” Speaking to Axios, Klain asserts: “I think what you’d have to say about China is, it’s been more transparent and more candid than it has been during past outbreaks, though still there’s problems with transparency and candor.” Even as he says there were “many” areas in which China hasn’t been transparent, Klain says China had helpfully released a “sequence of the virus.” Klain says there wasn’t “any reason” for anyone to postpone essential travel to anywhere except the Wuhan area.

    Jan. 28: Three days before Trump closes off most travel from China, Klain says he opposes that measure.

    Jan. 30: CNN publishes a piece by Brandon Tensley entitled, “Coronavirus task force another example of Trump administration’s lack of diversity.” Tensley, who claims to cover the “intersection of culture and politics,” was unable to offer medical analysis in the article.

    The WHO declares a global health emergency, and the State Department issues advisories against traveling to China.
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    Jan. 31: Trump issues the “Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus.” Later in the day, Biden campaigns in Iowa and tells the crowd that Americans “need to have a president who they can trust what he says about it, that he is going to act rationally about it. … This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia – hysterical xenophobia – and fearmongering to lead the way instead of science.”

    Also in the wake of the ban on Jan. 31:

    An article in The New York Times quotes epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm as saying that Trump’s decision to restrict travel from China was “more of an emotional or political reaction.”
    The Washington Post runs a story quoting a Chinese official asking for “empathy” and slamming the White House for acting “in disregard of WHO recommendation against travel restrictions.”
    Vox tweets: “Is this going to be a deadly pandemic? No.” The tweet was deleted weeks later.
    Death counts indicated that 213 people had died and nearly 10,000 had been infected.


    Feb. 2: “There’s a virus that has infected 15 million Americans across the country and killed more than 8,200 people this season alone,” CNN tweets. “It’s not a new pandemic — it’s influenza.”

    Meanwhile, New York City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot tweets: “As we gear up to celebrate the #LunarNewYear in NYC, I want to assure New Yorkers that there is no reason for anyone to change their holiday plans, avoid the subway, or certain parts of the city because of #coronavirus.”

    Feb. 5: Over 5,000 passengers on two cruise ships in Asia are ordered into quarantine as the worldwide death toll from the coronavirus reaches 490.

    Feb. 7: Barbot strikes again, assuring residents, “We’re telling New Yorkers, go about your lives, take the subway, go out, enjoy life.” City lawmakers have called for Barbot to be fired because of the comments.

    Feb. 9: Mark Levine, the chair of New York City Council health committee and a Democrat, tweets: “In powerful show of defiance of #coronavirus scare, huge crowds gathering in NYC’s Chinatown for ceremony ahead of annual #LunarNewYear parade. Chants of ‘be strong Wuhan!’ If you are staying away, you are missing out!”
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    Feb. 11: Klain, the Biden adviser, remarks that the evidence “suggests” the coronavirus won’t be a “serious pandemic.”

    Feb. 13: “There are ZERO confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York City, and hundreds of Chinese restaurants that need your business!” the New York City mayor’s office tweets. “There is nothing to fear. Stop by any Chinatown for lunch or dinner!”

    Feb 14: France announces Europe’s first coronavirus death.

    Feb. 18: In remarks at Joint Base Andrews, Trump states: “I think President Xi is working very hard. As you know, I spoke with him recently. He’s working really hard. It’s a tough problem. I think he’s going to do — look, I’ve seen them build hospitals in a short period of time. I really believe he wants to get that done, and he wants to get it done fast. Yes, I think he’s doing it very professionally. We’re also working with him and helping him, as of the last few days, as you know.” Pressed on whether he trusted China’s coronavirus data, Trump responds, “Look, I know this: President Xi loves the people of China, he loves his country, and he’s doing a very good job with a very, very tough situation.”

    Feb. 19: Iran reports two coronavirus cases — the country’s first. Hundreds of passengers leave the Diamond Princess for the first time since the quarantine.

    Feb. 23: Coronavirus infections surge in Italy and South Korea; authorities in Italy begin locking down towns.

    Feb. 24: “It’s exciting to be here, especially at this time, to be able to be unified with our community,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., tells reporters as she visits San Francisco’s Chinatown. “We want to be vigilant about what is out there in other places. We want to be careful about how we deal with it, but we do want to say to people ‘Come to Chinatown, here we are — we’re, again, careful, safe — and come join us.’”

    Also on Feb. 24, the White House submits a request to Congress for $2.5 billion in supplemental spending to help combat the coronavirus outbreak. The request includes $1.25 billion in new money, with the rest coming from unspent funds.

    Feb. 29: The first coronavirus death in the U.S. is confirmed in Washington state.

    Mar. 4: Barbot, the top New York City health official, declares, “There’s no indication that being in a car, being in the subways with someone who’s potentially sick is a risk factor.”

    Mar. 9: At a Fox News town hall, Bernie Sanders says he would not close the border, even if it were necessary to halt the spread of coronavirus. He then attacked Trump’s “xenophobia.”

    Mar. 11: Trump blocks most travel from continental Europe.

    Mar. 13: “Since I’m encouraging New Yorkers to go on with your lives + get out on the town despite Coronavirus, I thought I would offer some suggestions,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweets. “Here’s the first: thru Thurs 3/5 go see ‘The Traitor’ @FilmLinc. If ‘The Wire’ was a true story + set in Italy, it would be this film.”
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    Meanwhile, Trump declares a national emergency, authorizing $50 billion in federal funds to go to the states.

    Mar. 17: France imposes a nationwide lockdown. European Union leaders agree to mostly seal off the bloc for 30 days.

    Mar. 23: Britain imposes a nationwide lockdown.

    Mar. 24: India imposes a nationwide lockdown.

    Mar. 27: A senior WHO official cuts off an interview after a reporter implies Taiwan, which is not a WHO member state, is independent of China. The official, Canadian doctor Bruce Aylward, initially pretended not to hear the question before terminating the Skype call with the reporter.

    Trump signs a $2 trillion stimulus bill into law.

    Mar. 30: Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. issue stay-at-home orders, joining other states. In all, approximately 265 million Americans are now under indefinite lockdown.

  11. Keep in mind that these accusations are coming to the fore at precisely the moment when Trump is desperate to deflect blame and change the narrative. Also, the explanation that local party officials were covering up to try to avoid an embarrassing incident during meetings with visiting higher ups from Beijing seems entirely consistent with the behavior of communist officials. (It was how they behaved during the early stages of the Chernobyl disaster.)

  12. It’s perfectly fine to criticize the French for leaving their eastern flank open to the Nazis, while acknowledging they didn’t start World War II.

    Newsflash: China is a totalitarian regime that doesn’t value human life. That doesn’t enter into their public policy equation. The fact that the W.H.O. is unreliable, particularly in its deference to China, is not news.

    United States political leaders needed to take that into account as well as taking into account that the CDC and FDA are not smooth well-oiled machines. It doesn’t look like that happened.

  13. Forever the Trump apologist and minimizer, the Prof again fails to disappoint the Trump minions, some of which I suspect are related to him.

    1. Translation: Americans who support the President of the USA and therefore the US Constitution, are a thorn to the haters of the USA like Chuck

  14. Murphy is a reminder of what Hillary would have done had she stolen the 2016 election with voter fraud that Dems committed in many states.

    Hillary would have corralled Deplorables into concentration camps and gassed them. Murray and all hate spewing Democrats are toxic, lethal and a plague to our nation.

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