In February, former Donald Trump 2016 communications advisor Jason Miller declared the commander in chief “a wartime President”.
Only a limited number have held this moniker.
Of the prior 44 presidents, 13 have been considered “wartime presidents,” from Madison to Bush.
What we’re living through today isn’t a traditional war. This is a much different war. Not a war in the sense of carrier ships, Apache helicopters, ordinance, and bloodshed. But rather a war against an “invisible enemy,” – a pandemic.
While the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus invades the United States, President Trump echoed Miller’s sentiment last week, referring to himself as, “in a sense a wartime President.”
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Since the virus landed on U.S. soil, there have been nearly 200,000 cases and approaching 4000 deaths. That’s more than the number of people who died on 9/11.
With the numbers growing every hour, the President and indeed Congress are taking wartime measures.
President Trump recently invoked the National Defense Act, first used during the Korean War to allow get businesses to ramp up much needed supplies.
The Act will today be used to fight the virus by demanding the mass production of masks, gloves, gowns, hand sanitizer, and ventilators.
The Trump administration has also ordered the deployment of Naval hospital ships, the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy to arrive on both coasts in an attempt to alleviate the number of non-viral medical needs.
While Democrats and the media have criticized the administration, the American people appear to see it otherwise, with the President garnering a 55 percent approval rating for his response to the CCP virus. This number surged up from 43 percent approval just one week before the harsher measures.
The McLaughlin Group recently confirmed such numbers:
The majority of American voters approve of the job the president is doing handling the coronavirus situation, 53% approve and 45% disapprove. In the battleground states, 55% approve and 43% disapprove of the president’s handling of the coronavirus emergency. Besides Republicans giving the president near unanimous approval 88%-11%, Independents approve 47%-48% and 25% of the Democrats approve. Among the traditionally Democratic leaning voter groups, Hispanic voters, 44%, approve and among African American voters, 34%, approve.
Democrats also received another blow when Trump’s work in combating the pandemic received praise from some unlikely sources in Governor Newsom (D-CA) and Governor Cuomo (D-NY).
Governor Newsom recently credited Trump for his efforts: “He said everything I could have hoped for”, the Governor said. “And we had a very long conversation and every single thing he said, he followed through on.”
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New York Governor Cuomo echoed those statements, “His team is on it. They’ve been responsive.” He then added, “I want to say thank you.”
Meanwhile, Speaker Pelosi is predictably attempting to politicize the event, and favored Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is hunkered down in his home, producing a lackluster podcast entitled “Here’s the Deal.”
“His denial at the beginning was deadly,” Pelosi remarked this weekend of President Trump.
“[Trump’s] delaying of getting equipment… to where it is needed is deadly,” she added.
She was quickly put on blast by Senator Lindsey Graham, who told Fox News: “That’s the most shameful, disgusting statement by any politician in modern history.”
Graham was right.
Democrats ate into much of the capacity of the White House and U.S. government through the end of 2019 and into the beginning of 2020 by promoting the partisan impeachment process.
“[The coronavirus] came up while we were tied down in the impeachment trial,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told radio host Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday. “And I think it diverted the attention of the government, because everything, every day was all about impeachment.”
Meanwhile, the media has been more concerned with whatever sobriquet the President has been using to describe the CCP virus. Recently, he dubbed it the “Chinese virus” while stressing over Twitter: “It is very important that we totally protect our Asian American community in the United States, and all around the world. They are amazing people, and the spreading of the Virus is NOT their fault in any way, shape, or form. They are working closely with us to get rid of it. WE WILL PREVAIL TOGETHER!”
It is increasingly looking like President Trump’s handling of the CCP virus will define his Presidency – or at least the first term.
Impeachment feels like it was a decade ago, and Americans are increasingly looking to shed partisanship, and embrace a united approach to something far more instinctive than politics: survival.
If President Donald Trump can maintain his war time footing, his decisive action, and stay above the partisan fray, he will emerge as one of the most successful war time presidents the country has seen in a long time.