Senator Mitch McConnell tore into Democrats for distracting lawmakers from being better equipped in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
The Majority Leader pointed out that Congress was still being pulled in the wrong direction by having to focus resources on the impeachment effort heralded by Nancy Pelosi and her resistance minions.
McConnell made the comments during a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt.
“It came up while we were tied down in the impeachment trial. And I think it diverted the attention of the government because everything every day was all about impeachment,” the Kentucky Republican recalled.
I will say these two additional things: 1) as I retweeted a little bit earlier, when I said “thrust is correct” I was not talking about thrust of the argument, but that I had captured the general intent of McConnell’s words even though I was unable to quote. 1/2
— Todd Shepherd (@shepherdreports) March 31, 2020
Consumed With Impeachment
McConnell’s comments echo those of Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) who said he began studying the coronavirus problem in mid-January.
“I have to tell you that in mid-January and late-January, unfortunately, Washington, especially the Congress was consumed with another matter — you may recall the partisan impeachment of the president,” Cotton explained.
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It’s good to hear officials admitting what many supporters of the President have believed for some time – the nation would have been better prepared if lawmakers weren’t distracted by a partisan impeachment sham.
On January 15th, the CDC reported that the coronavirus had arrived in America.
What were Democrats up to? After delaying sending over the articles of impeachment to the Senate for a month, Pelosi was all smiles, gleefully handing out pens while signing her articles of impeachment.
Even when everyone else was focused on impeachment, Tom Cotton was sounding the alarm about this virus, and has been an indispensable voice throughout https://t.co/Hl41B5gotG
— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) March 26, 2020
Trump Wasn’t Distracted
While McConnell’s comments were more focused on Congress, one would hardly be off base if they thought President Trump himself may have been distracted by the whole ridiculous resistance affair.
But he wasn’t.
Former White House doctor Ronny Jackson said the President’s early actions were “going to save countless American lives.”
Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s failed leadership and lack of preparedness has been revealed for the entire world to see. Now, Cuomo is scrambling to shift blame and refusing to take full responsibility for his catastrophic failures. https://t.co/RJ9dO76Bez
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) March 26, 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, credited Trump’s travel restrictions – implemented in the midst of the impeachment effort – with saving lives.
One of the key actions necessary to control the spread of the virus, Fauci explained, is to “contain the influx of people who are infected coming from the outside.”
In late January, while Democrats were entirely focused on impeachment, President Trump would issue travel restrictions with China, establish the Coronavirus Task Force, and declare coronavirus a public health emergency.
Imagine what could have been done – better planning to respond to the crisis, economic measures to stop job losses – if Democrats focused on America instead of their own political ambitions.
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