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To hear the media — and social media administrations, and Facebook memes, and #Resistors, and many prominent Democrats — Donald Trump singlehandedly killed America.
His weapon of choice: the coronavirus.
But left-wing Bill Maher thinks it’s baloney, and he said as much of Friday’s installment of Real Time.
As reported by The Daily Wire, amid a pandemic discussion on the HBO talkfest, Biden speechwriter and advisor Jon Meacham went the route of rapping on Trump’s atrocity:
“It’s easy — because it seems so incompetent — to make fun of it. But this is an administration whose fundamental incompetence has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people and the most significant weakening of institutions that, however flawed, have produced, by and large, a more perfect union.”
Of course, disease and death are no joke. But the way many have made it out, COVID-19 is an orange, red-hatted germ with blonde feathery hair flying around, ready to infect all it encounters (but only after 9:59:59 p.m., if curfew-conscious Gavin Newsom is correct in his apparent position that the virus takes a siesta between the hours of 10 and 5).
Panelist Jon also ridiculed Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and his recent claims of 2020 voter fraud:
“It’s easy to be amused by Rudy, but we’re just lucky that our authoritarians are so incompetent.”
But Bill wasn’t having the one-sided arrow-shooting: The comedian pointed out there’s always plenty of mistakes to go around — though he’s still no fan of the President:
“Everybody’s incompetent. It wasn’t just Trump that led to those deaths. He certainly did his part, but we’re an incompetent country. And an unhealthy one.”
Maher also addressed MSNBC journalist Alex Wagner, who asserted the Right had ignored the virus for “completely partisan reasons.”
Trump and the GOP, Alex offered, should be blamed for their “inaction.”
Hey, wait — I just remembered some inaction…remember this?–
Pelosi, touring San Fran’s Chinatown Feb. 24: “We do want to say to people, come to Chinatown, here we are … come join us” pic.twitter.com/0FEOq9t4VM
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 29, 2020
According to Nancy, it was an admirable effort to bring darkness to light:
Pelosi defends encouraging tourism to Chinatown on February 24 because she felt she was exposing bigotry pic.twitter.com/iTleAerIs0
— Matt Batzel (@MattBatzel) April 19, 2020
Meanwhile, the President was called xenophobic.
Nevertheless, Alex sees it thusly:
“We have a battle right now against an unseen enemy, and one side has no interest in fighting it for completely partisan reasons. I mean, that is a cravenness – the inability, the inaction, the dismissal of COVID-19 as a deadly virus tells you the ends to which the Republican Party and Donald Trump will go to preserve partisan worldview.”
Bill’s not on board:
“[T]here’s blame to go around everywhere, there’s blindness on some parts everywhere.”
It’s an interesting shift in the American discussion — Bill Maher is absolutely part of the Left; yet increasingly, despite any party-related designation (such as also is the case with Adam Carolla), common sense seems to more and more rule the day.
But we’re probably not likely to hear the end of “Blame it all on Trump” any time soon:
Biden claims Trump is responsible for every single person who has died from COVID-19:
"If the president had done his job, had done his job from the beginning, all the people would still be alive. All the people — I’m not making this up. Just look at the data. Look at the data." pic.twitter.com/Z6tkk9NzHi
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 18, 2020
And on we go — perhaps not forward, but onward.