Until COVID-19 hit, President Donald Trump was on a glide path to reelection. On domestic policy, Trump’s tax and regulatory cuts spurred the economy to heights unseen in 50 years; his Department of Education cracked down on the star-chamber courts applied on college campuses in cases of alleged sexual misconduct; he has appointed scores of well-qualified constitutionalist judges, including three Supreme Court justices. On foreign policy, Trump is the first president of my lifetime not to enter any foreign wars; he has brokered historic peace deals in the Middle East between Israel and Arab countries; he has stood up to Chinese predations in unprecedented ways.

If this election had been held in February, Trump likely would have won. And he likely would have won rather easily. That’s because Trump’s often-terrible rhetoric would have taken a back seat to his actions, and Americans’ pessimism about Trump’s character would have taken a back seat to their optimism about his agenda.

Then COVID hit.

The economy, thanks in large part to overwrought lockdown policies, collapsed. Hundreds of thousands of Americans died. And Trump’s rhetoric blunders took on renewed seriousness as Americans looked for steady leadership and instead found the usual Trumpian stew of bloviation and exaggeration and ire.

COVID has become the Democrats’ chief electioneering ploy. Their argument is patently wrong and immoral. It is an argument repeated ad nauseum by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, as well as their allies in the media. The argument, expressed by Biden, is this: “220,000 Americans dead ... Anyone who’s responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America.”

But, of course, Trump isn’t responsible for those deaths. Trump should have spoken sooner about wearing masks; he should have acted with more alacrity in developing testing. But COVID has spread throughout the world, killing hundreds of thousands, and is now spreading nearly unchecked throughout Europe, where lockdowns and masking have been prevalent for months. In fact, Democratic governors praised Trump for giving them the ventilators and personal protective equipment they sought; the White House’s Operation Warp Speed has accelerated the development of a vaccine in historically unprecedented ways. The hardest-hit states in terms of death per millions were nearly all states with governors who did not follow Trump’s preferred anti-lockdown policies.

Just as important, Democrats have never provided an alternative plan with regard to COVID. Biden’s stated plan — to accelerate a vaccine, to socially distance, to mask more, to create local authority for targeted lockdowns — is no different from Trump’s. Biden was holding packed rallies into early March. Democrats have repeatedly condoned or celebrated massive rallies of millions of people during the pandemic, so long as those rallies meet with their political approval.

The narrative that Trump is responsible for COVID’S death toll, then, is a religious argument, not a factual one. It is reliant on a perverse view of the universe by which Trump is responsible for all evil, a miasmatic orange Satan haunting the land. And, the theory goes, if Trump is excised, COVID will be controlled by someone with a steadier hand.

That’s nonsense. The pandemic will continue on Nov. 4, no matter who is elected. But so long as Trump is labeled the true scourge, rather than COVID, Trump will pay the political price. And the so-called Party of Science will continue to promote that anti-scientific lie all the way up through Election Day.

Ben Shapiro is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show” and editor-in-chief of DailyWire.com. He is the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller “The Right Side of History.” He lives with his wife and three children in Los Angeles.  

 

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Grateful Dead

Nice Trumpster spin, Ben, but Biden will base his policy on what scientists recommend, while your man calls them idiots and galivants around the country with his maskless events, spreading the pandemic in his wake.

Trump can’t even protect himself or keep the coronavirus out of the whiltehouse. Why would we have any confidence in his protecting Americans from this plague?

VoiceforAll

What is Biden's plan, has he come out of the basement long enough to actually see what is going on? Oh that's right, he has permission to come out long enough to be seen to campaign, then he needs to get back underground as quickly as possible. It's more likely that his VP pick is telling Joe what he needs to hear and say and nothing more. You and OffTheFence put really nice CNN and MSNBC spins on everything you say here, it is so easy to predict what you are going to regurgitate because that is what those media outlets are always saying. Get out of in front of the TV's you two, quit watching Morning Joe, there is so much more to life than "The sky is falling and it is someone's else's fault" (typical liberal spin, don't hold me responsible, blame them), become part of the solution, not part of the problem (I get it that this will be a difficult concept for you to understand).

OffTheFence

Stop channeling FoxNews fantasy and look at the numbers, Benny.

We are only 4% of the world's population, but we have 20% - 25% of the Covid fatalities.

Your man’s incompetence is so deadly that before this is all over more people are likely to die for no reason than all the deaths of WWII.

Ar223

To all the Biden supporters....what has your man done for anyone but himself in the last 40+ years? It sure is easy to set back and point your fingers and complain. Covid is not the only thing that we need to be dealing with. It seems to me that to be a Biden supporter you are already a leach to sociaty. You want to complain and riot when things dont go your way. You are so full of ideas what will you do to keep us out of a war, get everyone working, keep us out of economic ruin, stop the killing of inocint babies through abortion, secure our borders and the list goes on. Biden has not addressed any of these issues and told us any of his plans to make things better in your eyes. If the only reason your supporting Biden is becouse Trump butt hurt you, our country dosnt need you. How is your boy gona make things better???????

DION

Look age of the people telling you what to do most of them should be retired and staying at home any ways ,and if you don't want to get grandma and grandpa sick wear a mask when you go to visit. As for the rest of us, let my children enjoy life as you did . Free! Most politicians are the high risk individuals ,because of how old they are .YOU cannot stop an invisible water/air virus.

I think treated sewage is evaporating into the air and raining down.

And most of of us are sick of your $#%+

Kate70

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