The COVID-19 coronavirus has been shaping the news for weeks, but yesterday, it ramped up to a whole new level. First, the World Health Organization officially declared it a pandemic, meaning a new disease that’s spread worldwide. They say it’s not a term they use lightly because they don’t want to spark unnecessary panic. But COVID-19 now qualifies because as of Wednesday, over 124,000 people in 108 countries have been sickened by it. Of those, at least 4,575 have died, but most were in China, and concentrated among the elderly with other health problems and weakened immune systems.

Next, someone famous and widely liked across the political spectrum, Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, announced that they’d tested positive for it, putting the first well-known face on the disease…

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The local closures of large gatherings suddenly went nationwide, with the announcement that the rest of the NBA season is being suspended after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive. March Madness college basketball games are still on, but they’ll be played without spectators.

And finally came the real game-changer: Wednesday night, President Trump addressed the nation and effectively put the US on the equivalent of wartime footing against the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Here’s the entire speech, if you missed it. It’s less than ten minutes long.

In an unusually somber and measured tone, Trump outlined a series of major steps his Administration is taking to contain the spread of the disease and to soften the economic blow caused by it.

The biggest news is that Trump is suspending all travel between the US and Europe for 30 days, starting on Friday. Acting Homeland Security deputy director Ken Cuccinelli later clarified that “This does not apply to American citizens or legal permanent residents or their families.” The Defense Department also announced travel restrictions on military members for the next 60 days.

Trump also announced a series of measures designed to help workers and small businesses weather closures and quarantines. He tried to reassure Americans that swift action is being taken on a number of fronts to contain the virus and minimize its impact, and that this is a serious emergency, but the nation and economy are safe and sound, and it will pass. He also called for everyone to put aside partisanship and work together for the good of the nation and all its people.

Unfortunately, his political opponents are already suffering from a disease called Trump Derangement Syndrome that makes them pathologically incapable of putting the good of the nation over politics. No sooner had Trump finished speaking than his enemies rushed to the airwaves and Internet, doing their best to stoke fear, panic and divisiveness. They blamed him for the anticipated big drop in the stock market today, which is an inevitable result of having to shut down travel. They accused him of incompetence, despite the fact that if we’d listened to them when they accused him of racism and overreacting by shutting down travel from China, we might already be overrun with cases of it by now. Hilariously, some even accused him of racism for suspending travel to Europe (he must really hate the Dutch.)

In fact, come to think of it, have any of Trump’s hecklers like Adam Schiff and Chuck Schumer, who do nothing but point fingers of blame at Trump, ever been correct even once about anything related to this disease? One of the luxuries of not having the weighty responsibilities of the President, and not being held to account for your words by the media, is that you can spew dumb ideas that would have killed people if anyone had paid any attention to them, then as soon as your arrogant foolishness becomes apparent, simply cruise right on to spewing your next dumb comment.

At least I can honestly say that there is one thing in the world right now that’s even more sickening than the COVID-19 coronavirus, and that’s watching the Trump haters’ immature, self-serving, reprehensible reaction to it.

If you’re already sick of hearing Trump’s critics trash his efforts to try to stop the coronavirus, here are a few alternate takes. First, a much more positive assessment of Trump’s TV address from Michael Goodwin at the New York Post.

Nan Hayworth, a physician and former Congress member, lists some of the ways in which Trump’s critics reflexively attacked him over his coronavirus actions or statements and that were later revealed to be flat wrong or based on fake news.

Finally, here’s a comparison of how the media covered the swine flu pandemic under Obama (or didn’t) and the hysterical coverage they’re giving to this pandemic, which just coincidentally falls during an election year under Trump.

Among the many silly, self-serving things being said about the coronavirus pandemic by the left is that if only we had socialized medicine, this would’ve been prevented/handled so much better. Yes, in places with socialized medicine, everything is so efficient, and care is so abundant and high quality, and there’s no such things as shortages, rationing or waiting lists for care! Also, they have special medicines that they get by milking unicorns.

Still hasn’t occurred to them that they’re accusing the government of moving too slowly and being unprepared and putting politics over health concerns, while simultaneously claiming it would have been so much better if the government were entirely in charge of all health care.

Sure, China has socialized medicine, and something like the coronavirus could never happen there!

At the link is a MUST-READ article by Andrea Widburg at American Thinker, detailing the truth about government-run health care and its shoddy record. There’s a quote from a post by blogger Reggie Hamm that ironically went viral, but click through and read all of that, too. It describes what happened to him and his family when they were visiting China and their adopted baby daughter needed hospital care. Brace yourself. After reading it, you will understand why the coronavirus started in China, why the mortality rate was so much higher there than in capitalist countries, and why you do NOT want either that type of government or that type of health care system here.

Although when you read about the disgusting and dangerous hygiene situation they encountered, it may give you the chills to think how much it reminds you of the conditions that already prevail in far-left US cities like San Francisco and L.A.

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  • Dennis Price

    03/16/2020 11:28 AM

    Someone on Facebook suggested that since Walmarts and groceries were restocking and disinfecting overnight, then could they allow the elderly (say those over 85 who are most at risk) to shop early before the crowds are allowed in? This might reduce their exposure to the virus and give them access to goods that are in short supply. This may apply only to grocery and drug items.

  • Joan Spicer

    03/15/2020 05:13 AM

    My concern now is if President Trump is aware of this frightening problem caused by President Obama just before leaving office. There has been talk of Martial Law in Michigan possibly being imposed. President Trump needs to heed this Warning-President Obama put into place an agreement that would send NATO forces in to supersede our police and military forces. They would also have the authority to confiscate our weapons and put people in gulags.

  • Michelle Mitchell

    03/14/2020 08:40 AM


    I was reading this during my morning devotions and I pray that President Trump would call for a National Day of Prayer, in response to this virus.

    In 2 Chronicles 20, an army invaded Judah from the South, and King Jehoshaphat had no way to save his city. He felt a surge of panic, but he pulled himself together to summon the public for prayer. In front of a tense population, he prayed, “We have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You”

  • Dusty

    03/13/2020 10:25 PM

    One can hope that the Voters will see more now how disgusting nasty the Demos are. Using the politics to attack now the President and we have all of this where people are dying? Who are this people are they human? Pray we must pray .

  • Alvin Holliman

    03/13/2020 12:20 PM

    Great article and common sense comments. The tactics of the left, which now involve propaganda at its height, are right out of Saul Alinsky's playbook. California and its higher education systems have gone bonkers and Newsome's edict to cancel all gatherings of 250 or more has shut down houses of worship in many cases, including Greg Laurie's Riverside Calvary Chapel - again, right out of the socialist playbook. Far more frightening than the Coronavirus is the extent to which the masses can be controlled and manipulated by the big government leftist power elites - wake up America and fight back - keep living, wear masks if you're concerned and rebuke fear.

  • john paul crowder

    03/13/2020 10:18 AM

    This is the same President who fired the Nation's Pandemic Response Team in 2018 and who tells us now that anyone who wants a test can get one--even though the Nation's chief ex;pert on such matters says we don't have enough test kits or ventilators. Even Trump's appointed coronavirus czar, Mike Pence has said that the U.S. can't meet the demand for testing. This kind of presidential misinformation weakens Americans' confidence in their government at a time when such confidence is sorely needed.

  • John Paul Crowder

    03/13/2020 10:00 AM

    Trump, who fired the Nation's pandemic response team in 2018, has yet to answer for that irrational decision. He continues to maintain his status as a pathological liar by blurting out the
    patently false assertion that "Anybody who wants a test gets a test,' even after his designated coronavirus czar, mike Pence, says the US can't meet coronavirus testing demand. A far more authoritative source, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has confirmed the lack of sufficient test kits and ventilators.

  • Ellen ReSue

    03/13/2020 09:22 AM

    All of the current activities by the Dems is scary! How are we going to get a fair and honest election with all the propaganda and unconstitutional things the Democratic leadership in this country is up to?

  • Joseph K Weydemann

    03/12/2020 11:31 PM

    I would like to see the President freeze all pricing and freeze wages.

  • Dennis Price

    03/12/2020 08:36 PM

    I echo other statements that if Trump is going to win, he cannot be anything but 100% open and accurate in his statements. I want to be reassured but I’d rather get the correct information from Trump than from his staff or the media. Don’t blow smoke up my butt if your pants are on fire.

  • HCorey

    03/12/2020 06:42 PM

    Biden gave speech on corona virus like he was President. Hope Pelosi—never let a crisis go to waste advocate—was listening. She’s got a laundry list of money boondoggles she wants in any bill passed to relieve burden of corona virus victims while she leaves DC for destination not disclosed.

  • gary stilwell

    03/12/2020 06:36 PM

    this is probably a bigger hoax than the russian collusion or the guy who tried to sell the Brooklyn bridge---who is pushing this to cause such unnecessary panic---the 'bird' flu killed >230,000 we saw NO crazy ramp like this--someone or some organization is behind this panic stir---and whoever it is is very effective at pushing their agenda, 'cause it is working---
    We and a few others always knew this country could not be defeated by outside attacks--it would have to come from inside--and it would come like a thief in the night--just so this.
    NO ONE has actually determined how this started in the first place--a BASIC tenent when you are trying to figure out what caused something is: just that-- WHAT CAUSED IT? only then will you be able to determine the best course of action.
    The Administration is caught between a rock and a hard place--the facts are variable(you can't believe any because they are at odds with one another) if you base your response on what might be true you risk the ire of the dems(and the public) - you can't win--even if the response is logical, you can't win--even the normal h1n1 virus killed more folks than this thing has--

    Thew panic is totally manufactured--

  • Michael

    03/12/2020 06:03 PM

    The phony mainstream media and the Democrats, particularly Pelosi and Schumer are thrilled to spread the panic, fear mongering right along with their Trump Derangement Syndrome. This Coronovirus has been so politicized. This from a person commenting on Town hall conservative site: " According to the CDC from April 2009 to April 2010 the Swine flu killed 12,469 Americans and infected 60.8 million Americans YET the mainstream media didn't yell day after day that the sky was falling. WHY ? - Obama in office. ( Of course the MSM wouldn't want to make him look bad, like they are trying to do with President Trump) Since 2004, it seems every major election year there's a world ending disease. 2004-SARS; 2008-Avian flu; 2010-Swine flu; 2012-MERS; 2014-Ebola; 2016- Zika virus; 2018- Ebola again; & 2020-Corona. Coronovirus has a contagion rate of 2; SARS-4; Measles is 18. Coronovirus has a cure rate of 99.7 percent for those under 50 and the spread is leveling off. Coronovirus is a virus hyped daily like it is Black Plague, before the election of 2020.". The MSM and the Democrats want the Coronovirus to be "Trump's Katrina"or have the appearance that Trump is handling the crisis so badly that we better elect a Democrat to save us in the future. If you think the Coronovirus issue is a problem now, imagine a Democrat in office with open borders, even more sanctuary cities & states, socialized medicine, etc. we would be doomed. Governor, I don't know for certain of the CDC stats are accurate, but if so, then it becomes even more obvious that the MSM and the Democrats want to smear Trump and hope the economy heads towards a recession before the election. I hope Americans as a whole don't fall for the hype and hate being projected towards President Trump. He didn't create or spread the virus, it started in China and no one yet knows the truth from them or was it by chance intentional? But one thing we do know is intentional is the effort of this countries MSM and some Democrats to daily spread the panic and not to waste a good crisis for their political agenda!!!!!

  • Brenda Fraser

    03/12/2020 05:36 PM

    Loved the medicines you can acquire by milking unicorns statement.

  • Kevin Carter

    03/12/2020 04:49 PM

    Did anyone ever think that if all those blaming Pres. Trump for the coronavirus pandemic hadn't wasted the past 3+ years on scam impeachment schemes, they could have used that time wisely to anticipate and formulate a plan to lessen the impact of coronavirus?

  • Marijane Ambrogi

    03/12/2020 04:43 PM

    I am so very exhausted from all the hype about COVID19 (and I’m in my 70’s...”elderly”, as they say!) that I have stopped watching TV...even Fox News!
    I am a retired nurse , so I have had some experience with illness. I have been telling my family to chill out...this flu has killed far less than the regular influenza in any given year. Besides, if anyone dies, it will be your mom & dad and then you can get our inheritance earlier than expected!
    We intelligent citizens know far too well that the media has one goal in mind...get rid of Trump at all costs, which makes us more determined to get him re-elected in November. It is so very sad that one of the best presidents ever has had to deal with the atrocities of the media & democrats since his first day in office. I fact, I am convinced that, behind closed doors, these people are hoping this virus destroys our awesome economy...they care NOTHING about this great country of ours...only about themselves and their greed.
    They will pay in the end...good ALWAYS wins over evil...God makes sure of that.

  • Sandra Disbennett

    03/12/2020 04:14 PM

    The Democrats need to get busy doing the work of the people, instead of tearing down our President !!!!

    We love Huckabee and our President !!!

  • Donna Yates

    03/12/2020 04:09 PM

    The coronavirus is causing Political leaders to loose their ever loving minds! Ohio Governor DeWine just declared all schools to shut down for the next three weeks! This includes colleges.
    So college students are planning to party down at the local bars because they have no where else to go.
    Dublin, Ohio just cancelled the Irish festival, which is held outdoors! What's next, restaurants, grocery stores, retail shops, hotels. Hell, just shut down the entire world. Like that's going to stop the spread of the virus.
    Where in God's name is the sanity!

  • james peace

    03/12/2020 04:04 PM

    I COULD NOT RESPOND TO YOUR SURVEY " Is TRUMP doing ENOUGH". He is doing more than enough!! This entire episode of an "out of control and DEADLY" virus is aimed at finishing off the last bastion of hope for a free world. It is no more deadly than the common flu and perhaps less according to medical experts. Considering the rapidly expanding (sic) virus, it seems to be managed by reporting that is "forming" the desired outcome, panic and financial collapse. Think about it!!!

  • Maynard Holtz

    03/12/2020 03:11 PM


  • Elizabeth Bennett

    03/12/2020 02:56 PM

    People need to look at the statistics on the Swine flu when President Obama was in office. Many thousands died in all categories. The news media used this situation to convince people that we needed to get more government involvement in our healthcare. The Left never allows a crisis to go to waste. The result was Obamacare. Our people just need to use common sense to care for themselves in every situation of this sort. President Trump is doing a great job for the American people. Thank you, President Trump!

  • Ellen Klapperich

    03/12/2020 02:45 PM

    124,000 deaths in 108 countries? Seems like a lot of fear mongering and desiring to see nation's economies suffer. Hey anything to get Trump right?!

  • Deborah Hurt

    03/12/2020 01:45 PM

    I’m aghast that people are actually believing all the media hype! The flu has killed thousands just this year and what are we doing about it? Yes, we get a vaccine, but then you come down with yet another strain that the vaccine didn’t cover. To me, that’s way more dangerous than a virus that is 97.8% curable!

  • Marlene Helfrick

    03/12/2020 01:29 PM

    Pelosi is keeping the House rep there claiming it is their duty. Bull!! she isn't leaving Washington DC for two reasons. 1. She is hoping Trump and Pence will catch the virus and she can step up and be president. 2. As the hygienic situation in San Francisco is deadly, she won't go there voluntarily.

  • Charlotte Rush

    03/12/2020 01:25 PM

    I support President Trump 100%. I enjoy your newsletters. Rational and logical perspective view.