When Obama was president, conservatives were obsessed with proving he was the real racist who hated America, that he was a secret Muslim who supported the Muslim Brotherhood whom had supposedly infiltrated the White House. Everything Obama said and did was a scandal in the eyes of conservatives who hated him for being Barack Hussein Obama: The criticism of a Cambridge cop who arrested a personal friend of Obama’s in the early days of his presidency – if the current president in all his glory had done the same, conservatives would have shrugged it off like they’ve shrugged off every one of his scandals; daring to show empathy for the death of a teenager killed suspiciously by a self appointed armed vigilante.
The first so-called major scandal that the Republicans and their media latched onto was Benghazi. According to conservative wisdom, Obama had lied about not calling the incident a terrorist attack, and had personally given a stand down order in Benghazi while he and Hillary were sitting by, fist bumping each other as they watched the attack happen.
Benghazi was all the rage on social media. Conservatives couldn’t shut up about Benghazi. They were convinced it was an earth-shattering scandal that would bring down Obama and Hillary Clinton. They spread their conspiracy theories as fact – stand down orders, Obama’s alleged failure to call it an act of terror, secret emails that proved it was a cover up, ambassador Stevens was dragged through the streets after being sodomized by his attackers – or whatever conspiracy theory they could imagine.
Republicans spent years investigating the attack, issuing more than a half dozen reports that found no smoking gun. And yet, conservative media continued to harp on it, convinced that the Obama administration had deliberately allowed four Americans to die at the hands of his Islamic militant buddies.
If Obama had farted in the Oval office or the Rose Garden, Republicans would have blown that into another major scandal and another excuse to want to impeach him.
Despite all of the misinformation and outright lies by right wing-wing media, Obama was elected to a second term. And it was during his second term that conservatives latched onto another non-scandal to attack Obama and to accuse him of treason: Ebola. According to them, Obama had deliberately allowed Ebola to infect America as payback for slavery. Obama was incompetent in his response to the virus that killed only two, and yet conservative media treated it as if it were another earth-shattering scandal that the liberal media were supposedly ignoring.
Compare Benghazi And Ebola To Covid 19 And What Do You Get?
Crickets. At least from Republicans.
Coronavirus has ravaged America the last half year, causing at least 204,033 COVID related deaths as of September 28, according to the CDC data tracker. This is a major scandal. There were four deaths in Benghazi. There were two from Ebola. Both were unforgivable scandals to conservatives. The Republicans and their lapdog media accused Obama of treason over both and wanted to impeach him.
Coronavirus, and Trump’s poor response to the pandemic has not been treated as a scandal by Republicans. In fact, just the opposite. They’ve treated it as if it’s nothing to worry about. In its early days, they parroted Trump’s favorite talking points, to treat him as the victim of a Democratic hoax to bring down and destroy the reputation of America’s God-chosen president who no other president can be compared to.
From former Fox pundit. Trish Regan:
“The chorus of hate being leveled at the President is nearing a crescendo,” Trish Regan said dramatically on her Fox News show, “as Democrats blame him and only him for a virus that originated from halfway around the world. This is yet another attempt to impeach the President. And sadly, it seems they care very little for the destruction they are leaving in their wakes. Losses in the stock market, all this unfortunately just part of the political casualties for them.
“The hate is boiling over. Many in the liberal media are using, and I mean using, coronavirus in an attempt to demonize and destroy the president.”
From Rush Limburger in early March:
“We’re shutting down our country because of the cold virus. This is COVID 19, the 19th version of the coronavirus. we’re shutting it – can you imagine our enemies watching this ? You think the Chinese are not laughing themselves silly over how easy this has been?”
The Chinese may have very well been laughing, and if they were, you can bet it was Rush Limburger they were laughing at.
From a Fox News article in early March, by the Fox News staff:
“The media complains that there was a lackluster initial response by the Trump administration. Say what?
“Let’s start with the fact that the U.S. has one of the best healthcare systems in the world. And on January 31st, the Trump administration restricted entry into this country from China in an effort to counter the spreading coronavirus outbreak.
“He immediately put together the smartest, most sophisticated team of doctors, scientists, and healthcare professionals to deal with his declared coronavirus health emergency.
“And most important, he assigned to Vice President Mike Pence the job of organizing, monitoring a team to contain, mitigate, and treat the problem with states and local governments.”
Let’s start with the fact that, no, the United States does not have one of the best healthcare systems in the world, at least not for the peasants. Anyone making that claim is either ignorant of the facts, or is lying. Healthcare is so expensive thousands of people cannot afford to go to a doctor even for a minor illness, let alone a major illness without being saddled with a ton of debt, buy decent insurance, or afford their medication.
In the meantime, over 200,000 have died of COVID despite Trump’s heroic efforts to contain what he calls the Chinese virus.
When things started getting serious and they could not longer keep up the bullshit, they did a complete 180, denying that they ever called it a hoax, or downplayed its seriousness.
It’s disappointing that the Republican party has failed in holding Trump accountable for this scandal. But that’s to be expected from a party that is no better than he is. What’s even more disappointing is that the Democratic party has failed to hold him accountable. They made a huge deal out of the Ukraine scandal, and even held Congressional hearings on it.
Where are the hearings for Trump’s Benghazi, Ebola, and 9/11?