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The Democrats’ dark money groups plan to spend millions of dollars in key battleground states. That isn’t disgusting. That’s just politics. What’s disgusting is that they plan on politicizing the Wuhan virus.

According to the Washington Post, “the group Pacronym is planning to spend $5 million on ads attacking Trump’s response to the pandemic. Pacronym, whose board of directors includes former Barack Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, said its ads will target key 2020 swing states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Arizona.”

Good luck with that. The next time Democrats complain about dark money or too much money in politics, throw this information in their face:

Pacronym is the political action committee affiliated with Acronym, the non-profit who also funded Shadow, Inc., the company responsible for the failed Iowa caucuses reporting app. Acronym is financed by a larger democratic dark money group, New Venture Fund.

In 2018, the New Venture Fund gave at least $250,000 to Acronym, Acronym’s 2018 990 IRS forms show. New Venture Fund is just one of the dark money nonprofit funds under the umbrella of the for-profit, privately held consultancy called Arabella Advisors, LLC.

It isn’t just that Democrats don’t hate money in politics. It’s that Democrats have put together networks of dark money organizations to propagandize the people. It’s proof that Democrats can’t live without dark money in politics.

Another Democratic PAC called American Bridge said they will also be running similar ads politicizing the pandemic in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. American Bridge told the Washington Post it would be placing an additional ad on “Trump’s incompetence,” including “clips of Trump himself downplaying the crisis.”

If that’s what Democrats want to do, fine. Let’s throw this back in the Democrats’ faces:

In that press availability, Biden said that the Chinese “are not bad folks, folks.” Let’s remind people in Michigan, Pennsylvania and other Rust Belt battleground states and see how Biden’s own words on China play, especially in light of China’s hiding the Coronavirus Crisis for almost 3 months. How do you think that’ll play with an out-of-work steel mill worker? How will that work with an out-of-work UAW worker in Ohio or Detroit?

David Plouffe is a talented political guy but he doesn’t have a clue about Trump’s Rust Belt battleground states. If Democrats want to politicize the Wuhan Virus, they should expect the Trump campaign to highlight Vice President Biden’s friendliness with China, including his son Hunter’s virtual affair with the Chinese Communist Party’s leadership.

Joe Biden has a Pennsylvania problem and it isn’t going away. Blue Collar Joe disappeared when he promised to stop fracking. He can’t run from that because he’s threatened that multiple times.

He’s trying his best to thread the needle. Biden wants to win over Bernie voters, many of whom are environmental activists, while he holds onto his Blue Collar Joe image. Joe’s problem is that he’s lost that Blue Collar Joe image because he’s been an enthusiastic partner with President Obama in shutting down the fossil fuel industry. Once you’ve gone over to the dark side, there’s really no returning. People might forgive but they won’t forget.

They won’t forget because this isn’t just a job to them. This is their family, their community, their lives.

Jeff Nobers, executive director of the Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania, estimates there are 30,000 people in the region directly employed by the shale industry “and at least 75,000 more jobs downstream. There is no other way to say this other than this industry is [a] major economic driver in our state.”

Nobers said the Builders Guild covers the 33 counties of western Pennsylvania. “Between the trade unions and the contractors, you’re in the neighborhood of 60,000 people that are either members of unions or they work for contractors or in their offices and so forth,” he said of his organization.

That’s before factoring in these men and women’s families and relatives. I’ve said this before but it’s worth repeating. If Democrats don’t flip all of these ‘blue firewall’ states back to blue, there’s no path to victory. Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan represent 46 electoral votes. In 2016, President Trump won with 306 electoral votes. That means that he’d get re-elected by simply picking off Wisconsin again. Trump is currently leading there.

He also does not understand why Biden would want to possibly alienate voters of all stripes. “Not just the Democratic Party but the Republican Party and independents,” said Nobers.
Nobers adds these are not just blue-collar jobs, “These are chemists, geologists, people in computer science and technology, as well as electrical, environmental, and chemical engineers, accountants, human resources, and so forth.”
“You also have the security guy at the front desk. It’s not just the people that work right out there in the field. It’s tens of thousands of people in the industry, quite frankly. From the fella working on the pipeline all the way up to the CEO,” he said.

Because the Communist Chinese Party didn’t tell the world about the Wuhan coronavirus, the pandemic is infecting, hurting and killing more people than needed to happen. Had the Communist Chinese Party been honest people who cared about being responsible leaders, it’s possible we wouldn’t have to take the dramatic steps that we’re now forced into taking. Remember that they’re the people Mike Bloomberg does business with and that Joe Biden thinks that the Chinese “are not bad folks, folks”:

Unlike Joe Biden, Marc Thissen is an honest guy. He has a different take on things:

Want to know why the U.S. economy is in free fall? Why restaurants and bars are closing, putting millions out of work, and why the airline industry is facing possible bankruptcy? Why schools across the nation are shutting down, leaving students to fall behind and parents without safe places to send their children everyday? Why the stock market is plummeting, wiping out the retirement and college savings of millions of Americans? Why the elderly are isolated in nursing homes and tens of millions who don’t have the option of teleworking have no idea how they will pay their bills?

Answer: Because China is a brutal totalitarian dictatorship.

We are in the midst of a pandemic lockdown today because the Chinese Communist regime cared more about suppressing information than suppressing a virus. Doctors in Wuhan knew in December that the coronavirus was capable of human-to-human transmission because medical workers were getting sick. But as late as Jan. 15, the head of China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention declared on state television that “the risk of human-to-human transmission is low.”

These are the people that Joe Biden says “aren’t bad folks, folks”? Don’t feed me BS that they’ve changed. They haven’t changed. Biden changed. President Trump calls Biden Sleepy Joe. After this, perhaps we should call him Sellout Joe instead. Is this what “not bad folks, folks” do?

If the regime had taken action as soon as human-to-human transmission was detected, it might have contained the virus and prevented a global pandemic. Instead, Chinese officials punished doctors for trying to warn the public and suppressed information that might have saved lives. According to the Times of London, Chinese doctors who had identified the pathogen in early December received a gag order from China’s National Health Commission with instructions to stop tests, destroy samples and suppress the news.

I’m betting that if you polled the American people, they’d overwhelmingly say that the Chinese leaders are evil, disgusting autocrats.

I won’t say that President Trump’s handling of this crisis has been perfect but he’s done some things that’ve been game-changers. For instance, calling in the CEOs of major industries (think CVS, Walmart, Walgreen, Target, etc.) and asking for their help. Think about empowering private testing companies to start putting together testing kits. Think about shutting down flights with China. That last thing alone was huge.

If China were an open and transparent society, with an accountable government, Americans might not be on lockdown today. What can we do about it? We obviously can’t turn China into a democracy. But we can hold China accountable for its behavior and put a price on its lies and oppression. We can reaffirm that the advance of freedom, transparency and rule of law are central objectives of U.S. foreign policy, because the lives and safety of our citizens depend on it. And we can lay the blame for this crisis where it belongs: at the feet of the Chinese Communist Party.

Another thing we must do is uproot our manufacturing of medical supplies from China, then have them manufactured here in the United States. We can’t afford to be held hostage by brutal dictators.

We can’t be held hostage by Joe Biden’s friends. This fall, when you enter the voting booth, remember who raised tariffs on China when China when they didn’t obey US laws. Remember who thinks that a brutal communist dictatorship are “not bad folks, folks.” Then ask which man’s beliefs align most with yours. I’m betting that most honest people will vote Trump if this is the most important question to them.

UPDATE: Roger Simon’s article pretty much agrees with my post that Joe Biden can’t be trusted with dealing with China:

Joe Biden is the last man who should be dealing with that. This isn’t only because it wasn’t long ago that Biden blithely dismissed the notion that China was an enemy (before walking that back following a barrage of criticism). Nor is it just because of the intimations of corruption with his son and others that involve China, as well as Ukraine, which should be reason enough by itself.

Sellout Joe knows too many of China’s dishonest leaders. What’s worst is that the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) knows that Sellout Joe is spineless enough to push around. Sellout Joe might put up a brave front initially but that won’t last long before he caves.

There’s no question whether Joe Biden maintained a reputation for decades as a centrist. That reputation isn’t withstanding the pressure of his latest presidential campaign. Byron York’s article highlights how the Democrats’ presumptive nominee is transforming from a centrist into a leftist.

York’s first example is Biden’s years-long defense of President Obama’s deportation of illegal aliens. In his article, York wrote “Biden has defended the Obama administration’s record on deportations against those on the left who criticized President Barack Obama as the ‘deporter in chief.’ Then came last month’s Nevada caucuses. After ugly losses in Iowa and New Hampshire, Biden was struggling for life in Nevada and trying to appeal to the Hispanic voters who made up a substantial portion of state Democrats. All of a sudden, Biden backtracked on the Obama deportations he used to defend. ‘There were too many,’ Biden told Univision’s Jorge Ramos. ‘I saw the pain in the eyes of so many people who saw their families being deported. I know what it’s like to lose family members. It was painful.'”

Biden’s immigration transformation didn’t stop there, though:

As the Nevada vote neared, Biden promised that if he became president he would not deport anyone, no one, under any circumstances, during his first 100 days in office. After that, Biden said he would deport only those who have committed felonies in the United States. Biden repeated the pledge at his recent debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders, his last remaining rival for the nomination.

Think about that, people. A Biden administration promises to not faithfully execute this nation’s laws. In this debate, Sleepy Joe and Crazy Bernie gave the same answer on whether local communities should turn over illegal immigrants to their administration:

It doesn’t get much more leftist for a Democrat than that. Joe Biden got the reputation of Blue Collar Joe for standing with coal miners, construction workers and blue collar families. Blue Collar Joe doesn’t exist. Here’s proof:

Biden’s centrist-to-leftist transformation is complete.

President Trump’s leadership is becoming totally apparent. This AP article highlights the first test of a vaccine for the coronavirus virus. According to the article, “U.S. researchers gave the first shots in a first test of an experimental coronavirus vaccine Monday, leading off a worldwide hunt for protection even as the pandemic surges. With careful jabs in the arms of four healthy volunteers, scientists at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute in Seattle began an anxiously awaited first-stage study of a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed in record time after the new virus exploded out of China and fanned out across the globe.”

That doesn’t mean we’re in the clear. It simply means that the private sector is working its magic in record-setting fashion. Lives are at risk, which means it’s a job for the private sector to get involved.

Joe Biden has been badmouthing President Trump since he became the presumptive Democrat presidential nominee. Frankly, he’s a loudmouthed idiot with an over-sized ego. During his half-century in office, Biden has gotten tons of things wrong, especially on foreign policy. Biden’s badmouthing of President Trump’s handling of the virus crisis has played perfectly into China’s propaganda campaign.

Rather than putting nation first, the Democrats’ frontrunner put partisanship first. Unfortunately, that’s Biden’s history. If he hadn’t been Obama’s VP, he would’ve been an early drop-out. Pretending that he’s a legitimate presidential candidate is like thinking that Ehire Adrianza is a legitimate full-time DH. The only thing Biden’s gotten right about the pandemic is his blueprint. That’s only because he copied President Trump’s blueprint.

Slowing the spread of this virus was huge. Stopping flights with China prevented the spread of the virus while China lied about how it originated in Wuhan Province. Unfortunately, Biden isn’t bright enough to push back against the Chinese.

Dr. Debbie Birx just talked about her experience with the virus task force. While Sleepy Joe Biden, now the prohibitive favorite to be the Democrats’ presidential nominee, has ignorantly shot his mouth off like a attention-seeking school child, adults like Dr. Birx have gotten important work done. In that work, they’ve helped protect hundreds of lives.

In his attempt to score partisan points, Biden said “We should not ‘fall back on xenophobia. Labeling COVID-19 a foreign virus does not display accountability for the misjudgments that have taken thus far by the Trump administration.” Presumably, Sleepy Joe isn’t talking about shutting down travel with China or Europe. Unfortunately, the man who will be the Democrats’ nominee has made himself look like an idiot on those fronts:

What was Biden saying? Days before the Trump administration finalized the travel restrictions, in an editorial Biden warned against “reactionary” travel bans, claiming it “would only have made things worse” with Ebola. Biden then accused the president of “demonstrated failures of judgment.”

It’s apparent that Sleepy Joe, the Democrats’ soon-to-be-nominee, prefers the virus get to the United States unchecked so it can kill hundreds, if not thousands, of people. Buffoons think that way. Leaders like President Trump react when crises arise. Then medical experts like Dr. Fauci praise leaders like President Trump:;

“Clearly early on we made a travel ban with regards to China that was a very smart move right there because what that did was prevent a major influx from China,” Dr. Fauci added.

How has President Trump led? Let’s ask Dr. Birx for her opinion:

“I’ve been a lab person. I’ve been a vaccine developer. I’ve been a doctor. I’ve been all those things,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, another expert on the White House task force. “But I have never in my lifetime of government service worked with the CDC in a way that every time a state or local government calls and says, ‘I have this barrier, I need a modification to the regulations.’ That has happened almost daily.”

That’s what it means to work at ‘Trump speed.’ In other words, President Trump acts like a businessman, clearing obstacles and optimizing performance. That wouldn’t happen if a lifelong politician were running the show. Thank God we have a businessman at the helm, not Sleepy Joe. I’m thankful for experts like Dr. Birx, who is doing an outstanding job. Finally, let’s be thankful for Dr. Fauci:

During the Democrats’ Sunday night presidential debate, Bernie Sanders twisted Joe Biden into killing Biden’s presidential hopes. Sanders started by saying “I’m talking about stopping fracking as soon as we possibly can and telling the fossil fuel industry they’re going to stop destroying the planet. Your heart is in the right place but it doesn’t take on the fossil fuel industry.”

Sleepy Joe couldn’t let that stand so he replied “No new fracking and, BTW, on the Recovery Act, I was able to make sure we invested $90,000,000,000 in making sure we brought down the price of solar and wind that is lower the price of coal.” That drew this response from the Twitterverse:


If anyone knows the politics of Appalachia better than Salena Zito, I wouldn’t know who it’d be. I don’t think that person exists. Reading through Ms. Zito’s articles quickly informs people that she travels extensively through what I’d nickname Blue Collar America. She doesn’t just know the area. It’s apparent that it’s part of who she is.

The article continues, saying “Biden’s official climate plan posted on his website does not commit to a fracking ban and allows for the potential of using fossil fuels in the near term while pledging that the United States will reach net-zero emissions by 2050.” I wonder how Sleepy Joe gets around that one.

The truth is that Joe is just a typical sleepy-headed dishonest politician. It’s quite possible that he’ll tell the next gathering of miners that he’d be their best friend in DC, not knowing that video of tonight’s debate exists. In 2004, this two-faced act became nicknamed “Tom Daschle Disease.” Sen. Daschle was the Democrats’ leader in the Senate at the time. In 2005, Sen. Daschle was a year into involuntary retirement.

President Trump based his campaign on connecting with these communities. That’s why he’s nicknamed the “Blue Collar Billionaire.”

According to this article, the Chinese have threatened the US in a dangerous, unacceptable way. According to the article, “In an article in Xinhua, the state-run media agency that’s largely considered the mouthpiece of the party, Beijing bragged about its handling of COVID-19, a virus that originated in the city of Wuhan and has spread quickly around the world, killing nearly 5,000 people and infecting thousands more. The article also claimed that China could impose pharmaceutical export controls which would plunge America into ‘the mighty sea of coronavirus.'”

Mike Bloomberg and Joe Biden are China sympathizers. They’ve partnered to defeat President Trump. Considering Bloomberg’s and Biden’s China first policies, this morning’s news is unacceptable. This news is particularly worrisome considering how dismissive Joe Biden has been. This video is the height of dismissiveness:

President Trump took tons of criticism from Democrats for slapping tariffs on China. He was right in exposing the Chinese manufacturing dominance. If not for the efforts of President Trump, we wouldn’t have learned about the US’s reliance on China for our health care needs:

Though the United States is a global leader in research, much of the manufacturing of life-saving drugs has moved overseas. The last American manufacturing plant to make a key component in penicillin shuttered in 2004. Since then, Chinese pharmaceuticals companies have moved in and taken over, supplying between 80 percent and 90 percent of U.S. antibiotics, 70 percent of acetaminophen and about 40 percent of heparin, according to Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations.

This situation must be fixed immediately. Joe Biden has kissed China’s backside too often to stand up to China. It requires a president with a titanium spine, which President Trump has, to fix this situation. President Trump already has stood up to China. It’s a certainty that he’d stand up to them again. It’s virtually certain that Biden wouldn’t stand up to them.

Sen. Marco Rubio is aware of the problem:

Rubio said Beijing’s comments should concern all Americans and that China is keenly aware that in a moment of crisis “they can threaten to cut us off from our pharmaceutical supplies, they could trigger a domestic problem here that would make it difficult or us to confront them.” “It’s a tremendous amount of leverage,” Rubio said.

It’s time the US stood up to China once and for all. They need us much more than we need them. Let’s teach them that we’re totally willing to use leverage against them by pulling our manufacturing plants out of China. With China’s economy on the rocks, let’s see who blinks first. We’ve already seen who blinked first the last time during the Phase One trade talks.

Our health systems are superior to China’s. We have plenty of raw materials, manufacturing capacity and innovation, too. If China wants to get into a fight over this, let’s let them know in no uncertain terms that they’d better prepare to lose that fight.

If this article is accurate, a glimmer of hope might have just arrived at the right time. The opening paragraph provides that glimmer, saying “China’s Wuhan city, ground zero of the new coronavirus outbreak, reported five new cases on Friday, the second day in a row the tally has been less than 10, while no locally transmitted infections were reported in the rest of the country.”

The article continues, saying “Wuhan, capital of central Hubei province, registered the five new cases on Thursday, the National Health Commission said, down from eight cases the previous day. The commission routinely reports new cases the day after the data is collected. Excluding Wuhan, Hubei has reported no new infections for eight consecutive days.”

While there’s still some challenges to defeat, this article highlights some of what the city has been through:

Wuhan residents have been under lockdown for over six weeks now as a result of COVID-19, and the death toll in the city of 11 million has surpassed 2,000, higher than anywhere else in China.

It’s still logical to not trust these stories. They’re still being reported from a nation ruled by a brutal Chinese dictatorship. Still, it’s worth noting that the reports coming from Wuhan have been improving after the lock-up started. This news report is worth viewing, especially the last part of it:

While Democrats and the twisted media haven’t admitted it, it’s worth noting that President Trump was right in shutting down travel to and from China. That’s proof that President Trump’s decision wasn’t based on xenophobia but common sense. Further, there’s no disputing the fact that these tactics work.

Let’s give President Trump some credit, too, for his handling of this crisis. Each crisis has its own unknowns. Let’s stipulate that each leader faced with a crisis will make mistakes because of the unknowns. This speech by the Democrats’ presumptive nominee isn’t a display of leadership; it’s a display of followship:

It’s also a portrait in criticism at a time when unity is needed. Mr. Biden chose to criticize our president rather than act like a statesman. That isn’t surprising. It’s part of who VP Biden is. While President Trump made difficult decisions in real time, VP Biden sounded like he didn’t know what state he was in half the time. It takes chutzpah to act like that when the truth is that he’s unfit for the job.

At one point in the speech, Biden said that travel bans might slow the spread of the virus but it won’t stop it. Where did they dig this idiot up from? Of course, it won’t stop the virus. That’s why you have researchers working on a vaccine. Slowing it down is a huge deal though.

At one point, Biden said that “travel restrictions based on favoritism and politics rather than risk will be counterproductive”, insinuating that that’s what’s happening. Then Biden said that the American people have the ability to meet this crisis. That’s true. It’s that I don’t have confidence that a Biden administration would have the ability to meet this crisis.

That isn’t a mean-spirited statement. Back in 2009, the Obama-Biden administration dealt with the H1N1 virus. Here’s the statistics:

In 2009, the Swing Flu infected 60 million Americans and killed over 12,000.

That’s on Biden’s watch. Barring a total catastrophe, the death toll from the coronavirus likely won’t come within 10,000 fatalities of the Obama-Biden death toll. That’s just the facts.

CNN’s Chris Cillizza is a professional spinmeister. He isn’t particularly honest but he’s definitely a spinmeister. In this morning’s article, Cillizza wrote about Joe Biden’s confrontation with a construction worker in a Detroit factory over gun rights.

Jerry Wayne, the worker in question, confronted Biden about wanting to take away the Second Amendment:

Here’s what Cillizza wrote:

A video recently circulated by conservative outlets falsely suggested Biden supports widespread confiscation of guns, according to FactCheck.org.

That’s interesting. I pay lots of attention to gun rights groups and I’ve yet to hear any of the major organizations accuse Moms Demand Action or other gun grabber groups of wanting for a “widespread confiscation of guns.” These groups have said MDA and other Bloomberg organizations want to confiscate “assault weapons.” That’s entirely different than a widespread confiscation of firearms. If FactCheck wants to check information, it has the obligation to at least use facts. Misrepresentations aren’t welcome.

There’s a part of the confrontation that isn’t getting enough scrutiny. When Mr. Wayne said “You’re working for me”, VP Biden replies “I’m not working for you. Give me a break, man. Don’t be such a horse’s a**.” That’s rather telling. Who does Biden think he’s working for? Credit card companies? The DNC? Nancy Pelosi or AOC?

That’s a gaffe in the DC sense of a gaffe. A generation ago, Michael Kinsley said that the definition of a gaffe is when a politician “accidentally told the truth.” Biden isn’t interested in working for the people. There isn’t a credible poll that shows a majority of people to favor the confiscation of entire groups of firearms. That poll doesn’t exist. Period. Full stop.

Mr. ‘Man of the People’ Biden just revealed that he isn’t interested in working for blue collar America. That’s been verified before. Specifically, it happened in this debate:

Joe Biden has said that he’d put Robert Francis O’Rourke in charge of eliminating guns. He told Anderson Cooper that he’s coming for everyone’s assault weapons. He’s willing to kill the fossil fuel industry to supposedly save the planet. That isn’t a man of the people. That isn’t a man who’s earned the title Blue Collar Joe. That’s someone who hung around too long in the DC Swamp.

Blue Collar Joe fights with factory workers and wants to get rid of mining jobs. That doesn’t sound like a regular guy to me.