Top Republican Senator Just Blamed Impeachment for Donald Trump's Late Pandemic Response and People Are Bringing the Receipts

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President Donald Trump's response to the health crisis facing the United States has been widely criticized.

He initially dismissed the virus as a hoax before his administration bungled a rollout of testing kits and ordered governors to fend for themselves. Against the near-unanimous advice of health officials, Trump said as recently as Tuesday that he hopes to scale back crucial social distancing measures by Easter—in 18 days.


But rather than Trump's slowed response to a health emergency, at least one Republican Senator is blaming the impeachment proceedings against the President for the United States' lack of preparation.

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) accused Democrats of hindering Trump's ability to respond.

The President hardly concerned himself with impeachment hearings past Twitter. His administration complied with no congressional subpoenas and the President himself didn't testify.

Trump was acquitted on February 5. There were 11 cases of the virus in the United States. Trump would continue to minimize the threat of the virus until March 16.

Even in his own words, Trump contradicted the idea that impeachment in any way inhibited his response to the virus.

Trump said on March 5:

"We got hit with the virus really three weeks ago, if you think about it, I guess. That's when we first started really to see some possible effects."

Like many of Trump's claims, this was false (the first confirmed case of the virus in the United States was in late January), but Trump himself admitted he didn't really "see some possible effects" until a week after his acquittal.

The President held campaign rallies throughout the impeachment proceedings and, after his acquittal, held a lengthy speech at the White House to boast.

People pointed out that Trump didn't participate in official impeachment proceedings, and only addressed it to mock Democrats and mobilize his supporters.






Even if Trump had participated in the impeachment proceedings, what President has never had to multitask?



Try again, Senator.

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Given President Donald Trump's propensity for lying and his administration's constant misinformation regarding the current global pandemic, Americans across the country have become selective about which sources they deem as credible in seeking potentially lifesaving information in the face of a national health crisis.

Iowa's Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, is in stark disagreement with most Americans on whom to trust regarding measures designed to curb the virus.

Iowa is one of a few states that still has yet to issue a stay-at-home order to slow the virus's spread. Reynolds has resisted taking the step despite a unanimous recommendation from the Iowa Board of Medicine to do so.

National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said that all states should institute these orders.

Reynolds's response was...telling.

After calling stay-at-home orders a "divisive issue," the governor said:

"I would say that maybe [Fauci] doesn't have all the information"

Fauci has quickly become one of the most notable figures in the pandemic's response, and one of the few officials in President Donald Trump's virus task force that Americans widely trust to deliver accurate information. He's been an integral part of curbing health crises from the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States to Avian Flu to H1N1 and more.

If Fauci doesn't have all the information, then the country is—for lack of a better word—completely screwed.

People were appalled at the governor's defense.





It's safe to say that Fauci has more information and experience in these situations than any governor in the nation—including Reynolds.



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Information saves lives. Ignorance endangers them.

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