President Donald Trump is not a man to ever let a slight go unanswered. This quality has appalled the mainstream media, more used to presidents such as the two named George Bush who did not deign to even notice carping and criticism directed to them from the far left.
It was in the spirit of counter-punching that the president dispatched a letter to the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York. Schumer, like a lot of elected Democrats and liberal activists with bylines, has been suggested that Trump was so incompetent in doing battle with the coronavirus pandemic, that people are dying as a result. Schumer sent a letter with a set of demands, including one to name a coronavirus supply czar.
The letter became, with becoming snark, “Thank you for your Democrat public relations letter and incorrect sound bites, which are wrong in every way.”
Don’t hold back, Mr. President. Tell your fellow New Yorker what you really think.
The president went on to explain some of the ways the White House is dealing with the pandemic. He was careful to note the extra special largess that New York state has been getting in the form of money and equipment. Trump mentioned in passing how ill-prepared New York was to deal with the onset of thousands of sick people seeking help.
The letter noted that a supply czar has already been named. “His name is Rear Admiral John Polowczyk. He is working 24 hours a day and is highly respected by everyone. If you remember, my team gave you this information, but for public relations purposes, you choose to ignore it.”
The letter went on to say:
“If you spent less time on your ridiculous impeachment hoax, which went haplessly on forever and ended up going nowhere (except increasing my poll numbers), and instead focused on helping the people of New York, then New York would not have been so completely unprepared for the invisible enemy. No wonder AOC and others are thinking about running against you in the primary. If they did, they would likely win.”
Impeachment seems so long ago that it might as well be as one with Monica Lewinsky, Iran-Contra, or even Watergate. But the height of the imbroglio was just last December. What the Senate voted to acquit, the left erupted on social media in full fury. In the meantime, the coronavirus pandemic was starting to be a problem in China with some health policy experts wondering whether or not it would break out into the wider world.
The suggestion that had the Democrats not embarked on impeachment; the White House might have been able to pay more attention to the coronavirus threat has been met with similar fury on social media. Why the president played golf once or twice and he held several MAGA rallies! How dare he suggest that the Democrats were distracting him.
The letter ends with a gentle suggestion that Schumer stops carping to the media and get in harness with Governor Cuomo and Mayor DeBlasio to fight the real enemy, which is to say the virus that is killing thousands of Americans. The letter ends with, “I’ve known you for many years, but I never knew how bad a Senator you are for the state of New York until I became President.”
It has been said that the president is a poet when it becomes to invective. If so, it can be added that the letter was a sonnet pure and simple.
Schumer, after he recovered himself, took to MSNBC, according to MSN, and told Chris Hayes, “I spoke to the president late this afternoon and explained it and the result is this letter. So I’m just appalled. You know I say to the president just stop the pettiness. People are dying and so, President Trump, we need leadership. We need to get the job done. Stop the pettiness.”
Which is, of course, when the president was trying to tell Schumer, apparently to no avail.
The coronavirus pandemic is said to be the most challenging crisis to face the United States since the onset of World War II. The difference is that FDR’s political opposition declared itself in full support of the war effort. Even Charles Lindbergh, the much-maligned hero aviator, and leader of the isolationist America First movement dropped his opposition and tried to enlist in military service. Sadly, as the behavior of Schumer and others demonstrate, such patriotism is lacking among Trump’s opponents.