Trump’s Miraculous Recovery Foils Democrats – Again
This article is authored by Elizabeth Vaughn
As the world was waking up to President Trump’s overnight announcement that he had tested positive for the coronavirus last Friday, I received a text from my daughter asking if I had heard the news.
I replied, “Let me read a bit…My first reaction is that, if he makes a quick recovery, it could be a positive.”
The visual of Trump’s vigorous, triumphant and yes, presidential, return home from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Maryland, on Monday night was more powerful than a thousand campaign ads.
Upon his arrival at the White House, the President stood on the balcony outside of the Blue Room, saluted Marine One as it departed and signaled his gratitude with a double thumbs up. He then proceeded to climb the stairs with the energy of a healthy 50-year-old.
This was capped off by an upbeat video message which he later posted to his twitter account.
In a strong, clear voice, Trump told Americans, “…Don’t let it [coronavirus] dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it. You’re gonna beat it. We have the best medical equipment; we have the best medicines — all developed recently.”
Noting that he felt better than he had 20 years ago, he said, “I learned so much about the coronavirus and one thing that’s for certain, don’t let it dominate you. Don’t let it take over your lives. Don’t let that happen. We’re the greatest country in the world.”
Referring to the experimental treatments he had been administered, he explained, “As your leader, I had to do that. I knew there’s danger to it, but I had to do it. I stood out front. I led…And now I’m better…And maybe I’m immune, I don’t know.”
This was an obvious dig at President Obama’s failed strategy of “Leading from Behind.”
The President encouraged Americans to, “Get out there. Be careful. We have the best medicines in the world. And it all happened very shortly (inaudible). And they’re all getting approved and the vaccines are coming momentarily…”
How did the media report this news? CNN ran a story entitled, “Trump mounts bizarre and misleading White House return despite warnings.”
On Friday morning, although some Democrats prefaced their remarks with obligatory prayers for the commander in chief’s speedy recovery, they were quick to point out that this was karma. The President had this coming, they say, because he had failed to take the virus seriously.
It took about a nanosecond for talk about a transfer of power to begin. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke to MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle later that morning to discuss the bombshell news.
After telling Ruhle she had intensified her prayers for the President and his family, as she always does, Pelosi was asked, “You are second in line for the presidency. Has the White House contacted you about the continuity of government?” She replied that they had not.
Citing the President’s illness, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called for Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett to “self-isolate” and demanded that the confirmation hearings, scheduled to begin on October 12, be delayed. Calls for a delay only intensified after it was reported that Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) had contracted the virus.
Additionally, panel discussions on cable networks discussed the possible invocation of the 25th Amendment by the President himself, or if necessary, by Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet, to remove Trump from office. Some even speculated about the removal of his name from the ballot due to COVID.
As far as the compassionate left was concerned, Trump’s COVID diagnosis just might achieve for them what four years of their best efforts to destroy him, from the Russian collusion hoax to his impeachment, could not.
Every MSNBC reporter will immediate inform you that the President is far from out of the woods. On Thursday night, a Johns Hopkins scholar warned Fox News’ Martha MacCallum that the critical period in Trump’s illness, the five to ten days following initial diagnosis, is coming up. He reminded her that Herman Cain thought he had recovered only to relapse and quickly succumb to the deadly virus.
But the leader of the free world sure looked good last night. If the President remains healthy, his triumph over this illness will indeed be a positive.
As liberals try to convince voters that a positive coronavirus test is the final nail in the Trump campaign’s coffin, his quick victory over COVID and his resolve to confront it head on will help Americans to view it as a problem to be solved, rather than a deadly enemy we all must fear. We can and will take control over this virus.
Barring a relapse, Trump’s recovery will show Americans that experimental therapies developed within a very short period of time, at Trump’s insistence, can dramatically increase the survival rate. Voters will see that, contrary to what we hear from Democrats, the President’s aggressive, behind the scenes actions have helped – immensely.
It is a mystery why poll after poll shows that voters believe Biden would handle the pandemic better than Trump. The President’s Herculean efforts to accelerate the discovery of effective therapies and to fast-track the creation of a vaccine stand in sharp contrast to the Biden campaign website’s list of recommendations (all of which have already been implemented by the Trump administration) to fight the virus.
Rather than rallying big pharma to find a cure and a vaccine, Biden’s solution would be to lockdown the country a second time and keep Americans in a state of fear. For what better way is there to keep the masses under control?
Getting back on his feet in such a short period of time and returning to the campaign trail will be perceived as one more obstacle this amazing man has conquered.
And never underestimate the sympathy factor. Trump’s illness has elicited genuine concern from many Americans. Last night, Fox News broadcast a montage of crowds gathered in cities throughout the country, even a boat parade, celebrating the President’s recovery. There has been a tremendous outpouring of support from his highly enthusiastic base.
In a weekend post at Ricochet, I compared the Democrats’ four-year war on Trump to Wile E. Coyote’s perpetual pursuit of Roadrunner in the old Looney Tunes classic series.
In every episode, Wile E. Coyote has a new idea for how he will finally catch that damn bird, but Roadrunner is simply too fast and as a reader pointed out, too clever. But the Coyote never succeeds. His plans always backfire, leaving him wounded and angry. But that doesn’t stop him from trying again.
Unless Trump suffers a relapse, as the Biden-supporting virologist from Johns Hopkins suggested as a possibility, this won’t be the event that allows the Democrats to finally vanquish him once and for all.
Hopefully, they will end up dumbfounded, resembling Wile E. Coyote as he once again slams into a wall, his flattened body sticking there for a moment, before sliding to the ground.
Elizabeth Vaughn is a freelance political writer. She has contributed to The Western Journal, RedState, The Federalist and many other conservative sites.