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The Impeachment That Killed Americans
Jeffrey Lord
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Nancy Pelosi at the State of the Union address (YouTube screenshot)

The lethal price tag for the months of the Impeach Trump obsession by Democrats is now in — and rising.

Over there at Breitbart, Joel Pollak, one of the serious journalists of the day, has put together this telling timeline that shows exactly what Democrats were doing as the coronavirus loomed. Here’s the link to Joel’s story — and here’s his very revealing timeline:

  • January 11: Chinese state media report the first known death from an illness originating in the Wuhan market.

  • January 15: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds a vote to send articles of impeachment to the Senate. Pelosi and House Democrats celebrate the “solemn” occasion with a signing ceremony, using commemorative pens.

  • January 21: The first person with coronavirus arrives in the United States from China, where he had been in Wuhan.

  • January 23: The House impeachment managers make their opening arguments for removing President Trump.

  • January 23: China closes off the city of Wuhan completely to slow the spread of coronavirus to the rest of China.

  • January 30: Senators begin asking two days of questions of both sides in the president’s impeachment trial.

  • January 30: The World Health Organization declares a global health emergency as coronavirus continues to spread.

  • January 31: The Senate holds a vote on whether to allow further witnesses and documents in the impeachment trial.

  • January 31: President Trump declares a national health emergency and imposes a ban on travel to and from China. Former Vice President Joe Biden calls Trump’s decision “hysterical xenophobia … and fear-mongering.”

  • February 2: The first death from coronavirus outside China is reported in the Philippines.

  • February 3: House impeachment managers begin closing arguments, calling Trump a threat to national security.

  • February 4: President Trump talks about coronavirus in his State of the Union address; Pelosi rips up every page.

  • February 5: The Senate votes to acquit President Trump on both articles of impeachment, 52-48 and 53-47.

  • February 5: House Democrats finally take up coronavirus in the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia.

And there, in black and white, is exactly the problem. Republicans at the time warned that Democrats were so mindlessly obsessed with impeachment that other issues were being routinely ignored. Immigration, trade, health care, and on and on went the list of concerns that were being ignored in favor of the impeachment obsession.

But there was another issue Democrats were ignoring while they spent their time impeaching the president. A very, very big issue that involved life or death.

The American Spectator’s Dov Fischer took it head on right here. His title: 
The Real Threat to Our Democracy During Coronavirus
Pelosi, Schiff & Co. were too busy dragging the country through impeachment to pay attention to ominous developments in Asia.
Dov Fischer nailed it exactly.

Yes, indeed, while all that impeachment obsession was happening, the coronavirus was making its debut. Note well in the Pollak timeline this date — January 11, the day that “Chinese state media report the first known death from an illness originating in the Wuhan market.” And with that virus news out there, a mere four days later, Speaker Pelosi focuses not on that — but on holding the House vote that impeaches the president, followed by an elaborately staged spectacle in which she signs her name to the documents with a stash of 30 gold pens resting on a silver tray. Then, in another elaborately staged spectacle, she formally parades the articles through the halls of the Capitol to deliver them to the Senate.

Then there is January 21, a full 10 days after news of the virus has gone public — and the first known person who had been in Wuhan arrives in America. Carrying the virus. Two days later Pollak notes this:

  • January 23: The House impeachment managers make their opening arguments for removing President Trump.

  • January 23: China closes off the city of Wuhan completely to slow the spread of coronavirus to the rest of China.

And not to be forgotten: on January 31, President Trump announced this, per the Washington Post:

Trump administration announces mandatory quarantines in response to coronavirus

Announcement comes as U.S. airlines cancel flights to China amid growing fears

Mere days later, on February 4, President Trump delivered his State of the Union address, in which he said this:

Protecting Americans’ health also means fighting infectious diseases. We are coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the coronavirus outbreak in China. My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.

And the reaction to that speech from the Pelosi Democrats?

Famously, when the president reached the end of his speech, Speaker Nancy Pelosi ostentatiously stood and ripped the speech in half. That doesn’t count the Democrat members who made a point of walking out on the speech or labeling it, as Pelosi did, a “pack of lies.”

But at last, the next day, February 5, the impeachment drama ended as it was known to end months earlier — with the president’s acquittal. And only then, a full 26 days after the virus was made public, and a full 16 days after it had arrived in America, did House Democrats get around to a same-day hearing on the virus that had been metastasizing for almost a month while they made the country focus on impeachment.

Let’s say that again.

There is the president of the United States, having days earlier quite publicly restricted travel from China — which he was attacked by Democrats for doing — now specifically using his State of the Union speech to issue a warning about the coronavirus and saying that his “administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.”

Pelosi’s contemptuous response was to tear up the speech — calling it a “pack of lies.” Now, the virus she and her colleagues had so blatantly ignored in favor of impeachment has now spread and resulted in, as this is written, 94 dead Americans.

The question now: When will Pelosi and Adam Schiff and the impeachment Democrats be held accountable for such an incredibly gross politicization of a deadly serious global pandemic, a politicization that held the U.S. government and the lives of Americans effectively hostage while they played impeachment politics — an impeachment politics that has now proved fatal to almost a hundred Americans?

Just asking.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at jlpa1@aol.com. His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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