By PoliZette Staff | January 31, 2020
CNN took their obsession with hating President Donald Trump to a sickening new level yesterday by publishing a story in which they shamed him for appointing a White House task force on coronavirus that lacked diversity.
On Thursday, the World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus outbreak to be a global health emergency. One day before that, Trump took to Twitter to post photo of a briefing he’d received on the situation from the task force he’d appointed to handle coronavirus.
“We will continue to monitor the ongoing developments,” Trump tweeted alongside the images. “We have the best experts anywhere in the world, and they are on top of it 24/7!”
Just received a briefing on the Coronavirus in China from all of our GREAT agencies, who are also working closely with China. We will continue to monitor the ongoing developments. We have the best experts anywhere in the world, and they are on top of it 24/7! pic.twitter.com/rrtF1Stk78
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 30, 2020
CNN’s Brandon Tensley wasted no time in making this health emergency all about race, slamming Trump for appointing a task force that mostly consists of “white men.”
“Who are these experts? They’re largely the same sorts of white men (and a couple women on the sidelines) who’ve dominated the Trump administration from the very beginning,” Tensley wrote. “By contrast, former President Barack Obama’s circle of advisers in the face of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa was hardly so monochromatic. Neither was it so abysmal in terms of gender diversity. (Of course, to contextualize, Obama’s administration, on the whole, was far more diverse than Trump’s.).”
As if race even entered Trump’s mind when it came time to deal with a crisis that has endangered the lives of millions of Americans. When faced with a health emergency like coronavirus, political correctness needs to be thrown out the window, and the best people have to be brought in by the president to handle the situation regardless of their race.
CNN, however, disagrees, saying that the “recent photos of ‘the best experts’ telegraph the kinds of people the administration deems worthy of holding power — and even being in close proximity to it.”
The article also quotes comments that Eric Yellin, an associate professor of history and American studies at the University of Richmond, made to The Washington Post last year about another set of photos from Trump’s White House that he claims lack diversity. At the time, Yellin said that the images communicate a “patronage network that everyone is operating under.”
“Having that network be interracial is really important,” he added.
“But the visuals that have come to define the Trump administration say something else, too,” Tensley concluded. “They signal which people in a multi-racial, half-female country Trump values the opinions of: mostly white men who are mirror images of the President himself.”
Give me a break.
This is exactly the kind of race-baiting nonsense that has caused millions of Americans to lose all faith in CNN. We are in the midst of a health emergency that could bring the entire world to its knees and kill millions of people. The time for political correctness and safe spaces is over, and the time for action is now. Trump needs the best minds in the country to be on this task force, and the last thing he should be worrying about is what they look like.
This piece originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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