Today’s special on the Left’s anti-Trump coronavirus grievance menu: identity politics

Today’s special on the Left’s anti-Trump coronavirus grievance menu: identity politics
White House Coronavirus Taskforce (Image via Twitter)

Comes with a side of mash and a wedge of lemon.

You have to wonder sometimes where the Left gets its material. Do they carry around a secret checklist of things to complain about in re Donald Trump’s handling of some crisis in the news?

Last week the beef was that the president was doing “too little too late” in reaction to the coronvirus. The complainant was Chuck Schumer, who accused the administration of being unserious. Several weeks prior to that the Senate minority leader was voicing the diametrically opposite complaint. The ban on travel to and from China that the administration had imposed was, in Schumer’s view, too much too soon. It was reflective of, he argued, Trump’s “ongoing war on immigrants.”

Today’s grievance comes courtesy of MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle. It is in response to a tweet by Vice Pres. Mike Pence, whom the president named last week to head up a White House Coronavirus Taskforce. In his Twitter message, Pence informs Americans of additional travel restrictions. Ruhle could have returned to Schumer’s “war on immigrants” complaint, but instead she chose a new line of attack:

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It’s not the most compelling use of the “identity politics” card. After all, there are two blacks at the table, and the photo is cropped in such a way as to obscure the identity of others in the room. Nevertheless it accomplishes the Left’s goal of finding something to accuse Donald Trump of. And, in the end, isn’t that what being a present-day liberal is all about? (RELATED: Democrats just can’t give up identity politics)

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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