FILE – In this Oct. 11, 2017, file photo, MSNBC television anchor Joe Scarborough takes questions from an audience at forum at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Scarborough announced Oct. 12, 2017, that he formally left the Republican party and became an independent. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
One of the big narratives from the left is that President Donald Trump’s handling of the Wuhan Coronavirus Pandemic has been a bungled mess. However, as the left will do, they believe that if a little is good. a lot must be better and have now driven this narrative right off a cliff with a big rewrite of recent history.
Joe Scarborough of MSNBC’s Morning Joe is taking part in this historical rewrite of the handling of the Coronavirus by saying that everyone in the world saw the Coronavirus pandemic coming except Trump.
“We’ve heard Zeke Emanuel that nobody could have seen this coming. The fact is, everybody saw this coming. Everybody saw this coming in early January,” said Scarborough.
Scarborough on Trump and the Coronavirus: Unlike him, “Everybody saw this coming in early January” pic.twitter.com/rB2ZZNgzb6
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 1, 2020
That claim is as bold as it is false. Let’s take a look at what “everyone” was doing in early January.
Firstly, we know that in early January, China was busy trying to cover up the pandemic they were creating. As Jim Geraghty at National Review covered on a descriptive timeline, early January saw the Chinese government rounding up doctors who spoke too loudly about the virus’s spread, ordering samples destroyed, and spreading lies about the contagious nature of COVID-19 by saying there was zero evidence of human-to-human transmission when there clearly was.
It wasn’t until January 6 that the first American media outlet covered the virus. The New York Times released an article, but instead of raising the alarm, the NYT author’s reporting was based off the Chinese government’s claim that there was no human-to-human transmission of the virus and that “we should not go into panic mode”:
Wang Linfa, an expert on emerging infectious diseases at the Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, said he was frustrated that scientists in China were not allowed to speak to him about the outbreak. Dr. Wang said, however, that he thought the virus was likely not spreading from humans to humans because health workers had not contracted the disease. “We should not go into panic mode,” he said.
The claim that the virus couldn’t be spread from human to human continued and even the World Health Organization was licking China’s boots by declaring that the outbreak was already being contained thanks to China’s expertise at managing outbreaks, and even recommended not putting any trade or travel restrictions on China. That was on January 8.
This pattern of China declaring everything is fine and the WHO echoing their claim continued well into late January.
What was the American left doing during that time?
As the virus was tearing through China, the left that Scarborough says saw the virus coming was busy putting on a show to tear down Trump with the ginned-up Ukraine scandal that really should have been focused on the Biden family. Pelosi was busy handing out pens that she used to sign the impeachment papers while the media was busy reporting that every new witness was the witness that would bring down Trump.
MSNBC was busy parroting Iranian military numbers on how many Americans it killed during a missile strike on Iran.
The leftist media was also trying to push the idea that now very dead Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, whom Trump had killed after an attack on an American embassy, was actually a pretty great guy compared to Orange Man, and was even giving you tips on how to teach your children that.
Leftist leaders in various cities were even making a show of preparing America for a disaster, but not from a virus, from Iran retaliating against America. One leftist celebrity, Rose McGowan, was even begging Iran not to hurt us.
Climate alarmists were warning of a great disaster. Not from a virus, but from binge-watching Netflix, which they claimed was bad for the environment.
What was Scarborough himself up to? Glenn Greenwald went back over his tweets. Needless to say, it wasn’t warning everybody about the Chinese virus poised to begin a murder spree across the globe.
Look what a pathological liar @JoeNBC is. Today he said about the coronavirus pandemic in the US:
"Everybody saw this coming in early January."
Number of @JoeNBC tweets in January by topic:
Impeachment – 29
Election – 11
Sports – 7
Coronavirus – 0pic.twitter.com/qjhX11wguH
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 1, 2020
I could go on but you get the point. Pretty much no one was raising any alarms about the Coronavirus in early January, even the leftist media, who were all too busy trying to get Trump impeached and defend Iran, our enemy.
If they did know, as Scarborough claimed, then they look immensely horrible for focusing on trying to hurt Trump as this virus was bearing down on the globe.