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Senate coronavirus hearing was less about seeking truth, more about disparaging Trump administration

On Tuesday, May 12, the Senate held the first-ever coronavirus response hearing. 

Adm. Brett Giroir and Drs. Anthony Fauci, Robert Redfield and Stephen Hahn were asked to answer a variety of questions in regard to the Federal Government’s overall response to the coronavirus. However, it was made immediately clear that this hearing was less about seeking truth and more about airing grievances.

The Democratic senators especially took most of their time to drone on and on about their disapproval of the Trump White House. 

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) claimed that the Trump administration has a record of doling out “broken promises;” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said, “The time for magical thinking is over here, President Trump must admit the federal response has been insufficient,” (she said this, of course, to the four men in charge of leading the federal response); and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) threw a tantrum, complaining that the answers and guidance being provided were “not very helpful, thank you.” 

Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), who obviously forgot he was no longer on the campaign trail, went so far as to demand that Hahn guarantee that the coronavirus vaccine — once available — would be accessible to all Americans, regardless of income. Hahn, FDA Commissioner, does not control the price of vaccines; however, he answered eloquently, stating: “The payment of vaccines is not the responsibility of the FDA but I share your concern that the vaccine should be available to every American.” 

Many Democratic senators also argued against reopening the economy, claiming that the country is ill-equipped and underprepared to deal with the inevitable resurgence of cases in the fall. But these arguments came after Redfield explained that the CDC has been working directly with state public health leaders to identify needs, collect data and conduct contact tracing.; after Giroir explained that the Federal Government will not only help states accomplish their testing goals (and that they are on track to accomplish these goals for May and June) but also help procure the swabs necessary to complete these tests; after Hahn explained that the FDA is monitoring the marketplace for fraudulent tests and working with manufacturers to ensure that the supply chain is robust and strong enough to handle the deployment of testing, equipment, etc.; and after Fauci explained that there are a number of broad-spectrum anti-virals in various stages of testing. 

The Federal Government is doing everything in its power to ensure the country is prepared to reopen, but Democrats won’t hear it. 

When asked by Warren if he believes that we have enough “robust, counter-measures in place” to prevent a “bad fall and winter,” Fauci said: “Right now the projection is, that by the time we get to the end of the summer and early fall, we will have [those measures] in place.” 

Sen. Warren thanked Fauci for being hopeful, and then went on to say that the American government does not have the coronavirus “under control.” 

If you should take away anything from today’s Senate hearing, let it be this: Democrats do not care about saving American lives or the American economy — their only goal is to ensure President Trump fails. Instead of adding value to the public discourse surrounding the virus, they complain, place blame and wait for Republicans to create solutions. Today’s hearing could have been insightful, instead, it was dismal.

Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via AP, Pool

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  1. Brian Emmert May 12, 2020

    We need to do away with parties completely. Every politician should run on their own merit. Their words and actions will show what type of individual they are and where they stand. They won’t have the “PARTY” to hide behind. You would be able to find out who was paid to vote a certain way and who took kickbacks and no super donators would be able to fund a patsy party to do stuff for them in the name of the people or progress.

  2. KenA May 12, 2020

    All the Democrats are actually capable of doing is to lie, deceive, accuse, dismiss and steal by corruption so what the hell good are any of them?

  3. Dale Beagle May 12, 2020

    As is typical of the left, they have no concern except for what they want. Millions are out of jobs but they continue to get paid and vote themselves a raise. It’s time for term limits and pay cuts for our public servants which is what they’ve forgotten they are.

  4. jim brewer May 12, 2020

    IF DUMoCrats are concerned about American lives and getting back to work ! Then why in the H@## is the house still not in session ?
    Would appear to me that “someone” either refusing to HELP get our nation back normal and work or is on a vendetta to crash and burn our nation.Does not take a college degree or a professional political drive to see what is going on.
    Congress & fancy Nancy either go back to work or return the salary that they are stealing from tax payer.
    You work for the people…not the people working for you. Get the H#?? off your Fat Asses and do you job your”re paid to do.

  5. JoeyP May 12, 2020

    The Republican led states and cities were run very well, thank you! . . . The Democrats run cites and areas – NOT much so. They’ve been RUN into the ground, nothing new about that! It’s about TIME that the Democrats take RESPONSIBILITY for their MISERABLE Left Wing FAILURES. One Observant Patriot. Team Trump and his allies 2020.

  6. Richard Kast May 12, 2020

    The Senator from Tennessee stated this was going to be a bipartisan situation, but it looked like the Democrats couldn’t wait to smear President Trump. Lamar Alexander a never Trumped couldn’t do more to open the scam meeting and mislabel this meeting. If you people did your homework, Italy has stated only 10% of the deaths were attributed the virus and the 90% were due to other medical conditions due to their autopsies.

  7. Connie GeeAbate May 12, 2020

    I am sure like most other reasonable people, I have had it with these disgusting, lazy, evil Democrats in D.C. WE THE PEOPLE need to launch our own campaigns against every one of them and be sure they are voted out of office. They are to be fired for NOT doing their jobs. ONLY THE REPUBLICANS HAVE CONTINUED TO WORK DURING THIS PANDEMIC. Let’s find the constituents of the D.C. Dems and let them know first hand how these D.C. mongrels are insubordinate, not team players, and have accomplished nothing for the American people. Let’s call them all out now and let their constituents hear about their anti-people rhetoric. They are just a bunch of elitists who aren’t impacted by this virus. They should lose their jobs, their incomes, and their benefits.

  8. Andy Flores May 12, 2020

    Just an average flu season turned into a disaster by democraps

  9. My2Cents May 12, 2020

    TDS infected politicians have revealed one of the symptoms is lack of empathy and and an insatiable desire for power at any cost.

  10. Terry May 12, 2020

    She seems to have slept through the entire Obama fiasco.

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