Mitch McConnell believes impeachment distracted the government during Covid-19 outbreak
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to right-wing media radio show to reveal that he believes that the impeachment trial is the reason the Trump administration did not respond to the coronavirus sooner.
During a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt, McConnell shared his theory about the lack of America’s preparedness for the coronavirus.
“It diverted the attention of the government,” he claimed. “Because everything every day was all about impeachment.”
Don’t get distracted by Mitch McConnell’s absurd argument that Trump only blew the coronavirus crisis because of impeachment. The real story here is that McConnell is admitting Trump blew the coronavirus response.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) March 31, 2020
Mitch McConnell is arguing that Trump ignored dire warnings about COVID because he was emotional about impeachment. That’s…. like…. one heck of an admission.
— Pam Keith (@PamKeithFL) March 31, 2020
The fact is, the impeachment process did share a similar timeline to that of the coronavirus outbreak.
On Dec. 31, Chinese officials reported the outbreak in the Wuhan region to the World Health Organization. They later reported the first death on Jan. 11. On Jan. 20, the United States reported its first case. The following day, the Senate launched Trump’s impeachment proceeding. A few days later, senators received a notice which briefed them on the outbreak.
On Jan. 26, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made a plea to Trump – declare a public health emergency. Trump did not honor that request.
It was not until Jan. 31 that Trump took any real action – that day, he restricted most travel from China.
While most of Washington, D.C., was focused on the historic trial in late January, senators did receive a briefing regarding the outbreak and the Trump’s administration’s preparedness efforts on Jan. 24, a few days into the proceedings.
However, the responsibilities of the White House far exceeding trails happening on Capitol Hill. It was also Trump who disbanded the pandemic department when he took office.
There have been numerous mishandlings and oversights by the entire American infrastructure. A lack of preparedness by our governments, hospitals and health care systems is the reason who are where we are – but McConnell’s finger-pointing is precisely the kind of “nasty” remarks Trump berates the media about during his press conference.
What the American people need from its leaders at this time is accountability, swift action and consideration – not juvenile blame games.