Friday, President Trump announced that because the World Health Organization aided and abetted China’s malfeasance in covering up and lying about the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus – or as he called it, no doubt to make liberal talking heads explode, the “Wuhan virus” – allowing it to spread worldwide, and because the WHO refused to implement the reforms that he required of them, the United States is severing its relationship with the WHO.
The WHO currently gets $450 million a year from the US, compared to $50 million from China. Trump said that those US funds will be “redirected to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs.”
Critics immediately accused Trump of cutting off funding for urgent global public health needs, committing the same logical fallacy that pro-abortion advocates do when they claim that cutting funding to Planned Parenthood means cutting funding for women’s health care, when the funding could go to many other clinics that provide many more women’s health services, just not abortion. In both cases, the US is giving hundreds of millions of dollars not directly to improve health or fight disease, but to large organizations with political agendas that incidentally perform those functions (the WHO also promoted abortion as an “essential service” during the pandemic.)
For those who think this is all about Trump’s anger or ego, here’s an article from 2017, from a publication that obviously leans left and supports the WHO, but it still details a number of problems and controversies relating to the agency.
Rep. Steve Scalise made a good point when he asked why we should pay hundreds of millions of dollars for something that repeats Chinese communist propaganda and lies to us? I feel the same way when I pay my cable bundle bill and know that it includes CNN and MSNBC.
As protests, fiery riots and looting spread to other cities (In Washington, the White House had to be locked down by security) and continue to burn in Minneapolis (not helped by the Mayor’s refusal to stand up to rioters), we’re learning more about the incident that set it all off: the shocking videotaped death of George Floyd while police officer Derek Chavin held his knee on Floyd’s neck. Friday, Chavin was charged with manslaughter and third degree murder, and the officers who were with him might also face charges.
Floyd’s family has hired renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden to conduct a second autopsy after the official autopsy found no evidence that he’d died of strangulation. The official report ruled that he likely died due to the combined effects of being restrained, potential intoxicants in his system and underlying health issues such as heart disease or asthma. His family says his incidental health issues are irrelevant since he was walking and breathing before the cop put his knee on Floyd’s neck for seven minutes.
Another surprise twist: it turns out that Chauvin and Floyd knew each other. They’d worked at the same nightclub for years; Chauvin outside working security when he was off-duty, and Floyd inside working as a bouncer. It has no bearing on the horrific nature of the crime, but it might hint at some hidden motivation beyond abusive police-suspect interaction.
Meanwhile, those who claim the rioting, burning and looting is being done in Floyd’s name as some sort of retaliation or mob justice are just making excuses for their own criminality. Floyd's girlfriend Courteney Ross told the local newspaper, “Waking up this morning to see Minneapolis on fire would be something that would devastate Floyd. He loved the city. He came here [from Houston] and stayed here for the people and the opportunities. Floyd was a gentle giant. He was about love and about peace."
In a similar vein, don’t buy the claim that the rioters, arsonists and looters are interested in racial justice. They’re interested in destruction and theft, and they don’t care who they hurt. Like the black retired firefighter who put years of work and his life savings into his dream of owning a sports bar, only to see it destroyed by the rioters.
Perhaps the best commentary that anyone has made on this tragic, destructive and divisive response to George Floyd's senseless death came from former NFL coach Tony Dungy. He called for an end to the violence and urged protesters to be peaceful, not to destroy the neighborhoods of the very people they claim to be championing and not to “fall into the trap of prejudging every police officer we see.” But he also invoked the spirit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., calling on churches and people of faith to stand up against injustice and be on the forefront of meaningful dialogue and meaningful change.
Dungy wrote, “We have to be willing to speak the truth in love, but we have to recognize that we are not fighting against other people. We are fighting against Satan and his kingdom of spiritual darkness.”
Amen to that. You can read his full commentary at the link.
SATURDAY SCAPEGOAT NEWS
Saturday Scapegoat News: After allowing riots, arson and looting to go on for days, ordering police to stand down and letting a police station and over 170 businesses be gutted, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey struck back at President Trump for calling him “very weak.” Frey said, “Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your own actions. Weakness is pointing your finger at somebody else during a time of crisis.” I’ll bet Trump was quaking in his boots at that not-at-all-weak rebuttal.
Speaking of defining weakness as pointing your finger at somebody else during a time of crisis, CNN blamed the arrest of one of their reporters by Minneapolis Police on “Trump’s America.” As I mentioned yesterday, the Governor and Attorney General of Minnesota are both hard left Democrats, as is the former community organizer mayor of Minneapolis, plus the entire city council, the county attorney, police chief and every other official with any power. In fact, Minneapolis hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1973. That was 47 years ago. In 2016, Hennepin County (Minneapolis) voted for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by 63-28%.
The mayor is correct: pointing your finger at Trump voters for what happened in Minneapolis is really weak.
INSTAGRAM BLOCKS REPUBLICAN SENATOR
I’m beginning to suspect that some of these social media companies secretly want President Trump to take away their lawsuit immunity. Why else would Instagram censor posts from a Republican Senator about her children’s book on the history of the women’s suffrage movement because it “might influence elections”? I hope this news does influence the next election.