Donald Trump was, as usual, bluntly forthright.
On August 1, as arrangements were in gear to return Ebola-stricken missionaries to the U.S., The Donald tweeted:
The U.S. cannot allow EBOLA infected people back. People that go to far away places to help out are great—but must suffer the consequences!
Predictably, all hell broke lose. Typically, this did not deter Trump from pursuing his point. On August 2, as the uproar over his remarks continued, Trump tweeted:
The U.S. must immediately stop all flights from EBOLA infected countries or the plague will start and spread inside our “borders.” Act fast!
And later that day, he went back to the subject, tweeting:
The fact that we are taking the Ebola patients, while others from the area are fleeing to the United States, is absolutely CRAZY—Stupid pols
More outrage. Newsmax reported on Trump August 4, two days later:
To deal with the situation, Trump suggested the United States should send doctors “to West Africa to take care of our people.” He said a further threat came from people fleeing Africa for the United States to avoid the disease.
“We should end flights coming in from West Africa and Liberia. We should certainly do that,” he said. “How many of those people have Ebola? And it’s going to be a problem.”
Trump called the employees of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “great people,” but described the problem the agency had when it was revealed in July that lab workers might have been exposed to samples of the infectious disease anthrax.
“I watched the head of the CDC talking about Ebola [saying], ‘We can control it. We think we can control it.’ They couldn’t control their own labs a month ago. So what would they know,” Trump said.
And today? Every single word of Trump’s prediction has been proved devastatingly accurate. Act fast, he said. This didn’t happen. Send U.S. doctors there? This is now happening. There was a threat coming from “people fleeing Africa for the United States to avoid the disease,” he said. Today? There is “Patient Zero” as he has been dubbed, a man from Liberia who deliberately lied on his health form and boarded flights that took him from Liberia to Brussels to Washington, D.C. to Dallas, Texas. Launching the utterly predictable and well-justified terror that Ebola had landed — quite to the assurances of President Obama — in the middle of America. Launching a massive and, if Trump had been listened to the first time, a totally avoidable health scare in Dallas. “It’s going to be a problem,” he predicted then. Today? “Problem” is now seen as an understatement.
What to make of all this?
What Donald Trump was predicting, with 100% accuracy, was in fact utter common sense. Now others are jumping to repeat exactly what he was saying then. Unbelievable.