Senator Ted Cruz speaks at the George H.W. Bush Commemorative Center in Midland, Texas for a campaign stop Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Cruz is on his bus tour campaigning before the mid-term elections. (Mark Rogers/Odessa American via AP)
For some odd reason, instead of pulling together as a team and pledging to join bipartisan efforts to help research and combat the coronavirus outbreak, Democrats have instead chosen relentlessly attack and lie about the Trump administration and other Republican responses to the emerging threat as insufficient, poorly planned, and poorly funded.
I’m sure playing politics in an election year and trying to generate panic among potential voters has nothing to do with their reactions, of course. Nothing at all. Sure.
In any event, as my RedState colleague Nick Arama wrote yesterday, one of the more curious suggestions about how to fight coronavirus came from struggling Democratic presidential candidate and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Wednesday. Her solution? To completely remove funding for the border wall and put it towards anti-coronavirus efforts:
Tomorrow, I’m introducing a plan that takes every dime Donald Trump is spending on his wall, and diverting it to fighting the coronavirus. #CNNTownHall
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) February 27, 2020
On Thursday, she tweeted out more details, and reemphasized her plan to take away all “racist” border wall funding:
Coronavirus poses a serious health, diplomatic, & economic threat, & we must be prepared to confront it head-on. So I’m introducing a bill to transfer all funding for @realDonaldTrump's racist border wall to @HHSGov & @USAID to combat coronavirus. https://t.co/8IEhBWRjeL pic.twitter.com/9oAF0A2lGT
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) February 27, 2020
So… as the coronavirus problem in other countries grows we are to make it easier for undocumented folks to get into our country? What?
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) saw Warren’s suggestion, and responded accordingly:
How exactly would open borders protect us from the potential spread of a worldwide pandemic? https://t.co/bzUrvt1g6Y
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 27, 2020
Others weighed in with their thoughts and questions as well:
So how do you control the spread if you can't control who comes into your country, genius?
— Nick Searcy, INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) February 27, 2020
And in a twist of vicious irony, part of this $ to fight the coronavirus would necessarily be to monitor people at the borders to ensure more infected people don’t enter.
Thanks for proving why borders are necessary.
— MimBotch (@CBotchis) February 27, 2020
If you don’t have a border control system, how do you stop people from entering and what if some of those people were infected with a virus?
— David Webb (@davidwebbshow) February 28, 2020
This is not leadership in any capacity. It is a bill that will never get voted on that her staff made just to virtue signal.
— AdamTheyWong (@TheyAdam) February 27, 2020
Racist? Who fraudulently claimed to be an American Indian for decades for economic/political gain?
— Eddie Donovan (@EddieDonovan) February 28, 2020
And then there was Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) with the assist:
Yeah funny how that works https://t.co/1zMP2o0O2v
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) February 27, 2020
Maybe Warren will take a break from the Twitter machine and proposing ridiculous ideas for a few days after she gets crushed on Super Tuesday next week and drops out of the presidential race. One can only hope so, anyway…