The Anti-China Distraction

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Those who listened to Thursday episode of Peaceful Globalist Review will remember the name Ben Weingarten and his horrible The Federalist article “5 Major Paradigm Shifts The Wuhan Flu Crisis Has Revealed Americans Need.”

Here is one of the issues he has with China:

As the pandemic spread to the United States and criticism of the CCP grew, China again threatened to leverage its dominant position in the production of essential medical supplies to cut off Americans from vital equipment.

And here is his solution:

This pandemic should represent the most tangible sign yet for all of America that we must decouple from communist China in every strategically significant sector.

Because China refuses to trade with us, which is bad, we should refuse to trade with them, which is good.

This is the contradiction regarding those who hate China. They either do not wish to do anything about what they are complaining about or have solutions that would end with the same result as what China did. They don’t actually want to solve the issue at hand, instead, they would much rather complain without doing anything.

For instance, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has been one of the biggest critics of China putting Uighur Muslims into re-education camps, as they do with members of all religions. Would Rubio be willing to solve the issue by taking in some of these Muslims as refugees? More than likely not, considering he said he had no issue with the intention of President Trump’s plan to ban travel from all majority Muslim countries. Rubio was also against letting Muslim refugees coming into the United States from Syria.

Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley wrote the following today on the subject on China:

The coronavirus has exposed a major fault in US trade policy. We have relied on China for vital supplies for far too long. As hospitals need more masks, the reality is that China produces about half of the world’s supply. But China has been reluctant to share.

But it was the President who banned the government from buying medicine imported to the United States from China. And it was his party that has constantly tried to introduce legislation to fight against China over the course of this administration.

This shows the mentality of these people, no matter who is actually at fault you make sure to blame China and attack anyone who points out another cause might be at play.

Yesterday, The New York Times ran an op-ed entitled “The Religious Right’s Hostility To Science Is Crippling Our Coronavirus Response,” which originally ran with the headline “The Road To Coronavirus Hell Was Paved By Evangelicals.”

Here are some reactions to it:

If you hate Christians & want to denigrate & mock them, I feel sorry for you. But blaming them for a pandemic fanned into flame by the #China Communist Party? That’s sick. — Senator Josh Hawley

Glad we don’t live in the kind of premodern society that would scapegoat the outgroup for plagues. — First Things Editor Matthew Schmitz

Here’s what was in The New York Times today: “The Road to Coronavirus Hell was Paved by Evangelicals.” Instead of stating the truth — that the road to this pandemic was paved by China, who actually kicked The Times out of their country @nytimes runs this garbage. What a disgrace. — Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk

What none of these people actually did was quote a single part of the article. I read through it myself, and here are some parts of it that those who called it “a disgrace” might have missed:

On March 15, Guillermo Maldonado, who calls himself an “apostle” and hosted Mr. Trump earlier this year at a campaign event at his Miami megachurch, urged his congregants to show up for worship services in person. “Do you believe God would bring his people to his house to be contagious with the virus? Of course not,” he said.

. . .

Rodney Howard-Browne of The River at Tampa Bay Church in Florida mocked people concerned about the disease as “pansies” and insisted he would only shutter the doors to his packed church “when the rapture is taking place.” In a sermon that was live-streamed on Facebook, Tony Spell, a pastor in Louisiana, said, “We’re also going to pass out anointed handkerchiefs to people who may have a fear, who may have a sickness and we believe that when those anointed handkerchiefs go, that healing virtue is going to go on them as well.”

. . .

In an interview on March 13 on “Fox & Friends,” Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, called the response to Coronavirus “hype” and “overreacting.” “You know, impeachment didn’t work, and the Mueller report didn’t work, and Article 25 didn’t work, and so maybe now this is their next, ah, their next attempt to get Trump,” he said.

. . .

When Rev. Spell in Louisiana defied an order from Gov. John Bel Edwards and hosted in-person services for over 1,000 congregants, he asserted the ban was “politically motivated.” Figures like the anti-L.G.B.T. activist Steve Hotze added to the chorus, denouncing the concern as — you guessed it — “fake news.”

And most importantly:

Not every pastor is behaving recklessly, of course, and not every churchgoer in these uncertain times is showing up for services out of disregard for the scientific evidence. Far from it.

Of course, I doubt many of the most vocal critics of this article have even read it. However, if you want more examples of the thesis of this article, just look at these recent news events:

  • South Carolina megachurch pastor Jack Hibbs has said that COVID-19 is an example of biological warfare from China.
  • Pastor Rick Wiles argued COVID-19 is actually God getting revenge on the Jews for opposing Jesus Christ. When a LGBT lawyer died of COVID-19, he called it a sign of God’s judgement.
  • Failed Senate Candidate Roy Moore told pastors to ignore orders to keep churches closed during this pandemic, which is endangering the lives of many church goers.
  • Televangelist Jim Bakker tried promoting silver that you can buy from his store as a cure to COVID-19.
  • Lou Engle, a Charismatic Christian leader, said the solution to COVID-19 is a three day fast.
  • Pastor Perry Stone argued that COVID-19 is “reckoning” by God for the United States allowing gay marriage and abortion. He also said “It’s no coincidence” that states who oppose President Trump have had the largest outbreak.
  • Kenneth Copeland, an evangelical adviser to President Trump, said dislike of the administration “opened the door” to an outbreak.

All of these came from me scrolling through the March archive of Right Wing Watch.

Let’s not forget that Trump made the leader of the response Vice-President Mike Pence. In December 2014, Indiana under Pence experienced a massive HIV outbreak. As governor, Pence had denied funding to a Planned Parenthood clinic that did not preform abortions and was the only place people in Scott County, Indiana had to be tested for HIV. Pence also refused to lift the ban of the state government funding needle exchange programs, although he did allow counties to do it if they so choose, despite the CDC finding that they are useful when it comes to stopping the spread of HIV.

Of course, sometimes information comes out that they can’t spin. When this happens, it is either ignored of they deiced to attack the messenger instead of talking about the message.

For instance,(in another story I talked about on the Podcast) when The New York Times ran another story stating the US was number one in COVID-19 infections, Hillary Clinton tweeted the following:

He did promise “America First.”

Here is what the conversation became on right-wing Twitter:

Despicable: Hillary Clinton just shared an article about how America has more people infected by Coronavirus than any other country in the world. She says “He did promise ‘America First’”. She blames Trump for this. She’s mocking American suffering. Thank God she’s not president. — Charlie Kirk

Notice the part of this story that is not being talked about, the fact the United States leads the world in COVID-19 infections.

That is the end goal of this administration, make actual facts secondary to fighting an enemy. Donald Trump is trying to be a wartime President, and this is his war.

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