House Committee on Homeland Security member Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., speaks during a hearing on “meeting the challenge of white nationalist terrorism at home and abroad” on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Well, it may be the end of the world.
Or maybe, perhaps, for at least a little bit, we’re seeing a unique moment of coming together in the face of a challenging time for America from folks you might not expect.
There was New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo and California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom, who praised President Donald Trump for his response and help for their states.
Then there was CNN’s Dana Bash, touting Trump’s briefing remarks as the “kind of leader we need” at this time.
But the biggest surprise for sure has to be Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), likely one of the last people you’d ever expect to offer any complimentary words for the president.
Omar said on Wednesday night that Trump’s response to the pandemic was “incredible and the right response in this critical time.”
From Fox News:
Omar, normally a staunch critic of the White House who herself has repeatedly drawn the president’s ire, went on to quote Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., as saying “unprecedented times require unprecedented leadership” — and, Omar added, “we are seeing that in our country right now.”
“Finally, we should never let politics get in the way of good policy,” Omar concluded. “This is a great start and hope others will be part of a united front to push for good policies that will help us work through the economic anxiety the country is feeling right now.”
Omar was responding to a post by The Intercept’s Lee Fang, who noted: “Trump suspending mortgage foreclosures, demanding cash payments to Americans, now invoking the Defense Production Act to force private firms to produce needed supplies is incredible. Kind of a shell shock for anyone who reported on any economic policies in the Obama years.”
Finally, we should never let politics get in the way of good policy. This is a great start and hope others will be part of a united front to push for good policies that will help us work through the economic anxiety the country is feeling right now.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 19, 2020
Trump has signed multiple stimulus packages to help the economy and employed the Defense Production Act which basically allows him to go on a war footing and steer production by private companies and try to overcome shortages in masks, ventilators and other supplies.
Trump said he now viewed himself as a “wartime President,” employing all options to defeat the invisible enemy.
Trump said he will expand the nation’s diagnostic testing capacity and deploy a Navy hospital ship to New York City, which is rapidly becoming an epicenter of the pandemic, and another such ship to the West Coast. And the Housing and Urban Development Department will suspend foreclosures and evictions through April to help the growing number of Americans who face losing jobs and missing rent and mortgage payments.
The Senate overwhelmingly passed a second coronavirus response bill, which Trump signed Wednesday night. The vote was a lopsided 90-8 despite worries by many Republicans about a temporary new employer mandate to provide sick leave to workers who get COVID-19. The measure is also aimed at making tests for the virus-free.
Pretty rare to see that from her, which makes one wonder if Democrats are hearing from their constituents that people are tired with the sniping at this particular time and they’re trying to amend their comments accordingly.
It may not last long, but it’s nice to have a small moment where even the harshest critics get that Trump is doing the right thing.