The Trump administration has faced steep criticism for their Coronavirus response fumbling, which has included the failure to get adequate large-scale testing regimens in place weeks to months after the virus first emerged. Among other issues, the administration has also dragged its feet in responding to needs for lifesaving medical supplies in jurisdictions around the country, like the especially hard-hit New York, and now, prominent Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff of California has revealed that he’s planning to propose a “9/11-style commission” to look into the widespread and potentially deadly failures.
As he put it:
‘We’re in the eye of the storm now, but we will get through this. And when we do, we’ll need to review our Coronavirus response in a nonpartisan fashion to ensure we’re better prepared for the next pandemic. I’m working on a bill to establish a 9/11-style commission to do so.’
We're in the eye of the storm now, but we will get through this.
And when we do, we'll need to review our Coronavirus response in a nonpartisan fashion to ensure we're better prepared for the next pandemic.
I'm working on a bill to establish a 9/11-style commission to do so: pic.twitter.com/2CvokGyX8Y
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 2, 2020
Throughout the crisis and criticism of his handling of it, Trump and his allies have insisted that the president is doing great. They’ve even completely disingenuously — to put it lightly — claimed that Trump has always taken the virus crisis seriously. However, we can all see the tape of the rally that Trump held at the end of February at which he insisted that concern over the Coronavirus was a “hoax.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) denounced Trump’s dismissals of the significance of the situation and his subsequent failures to act as “deadly” — which sparked a predictable wave of outraged handwringing from Republicans.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday criticized Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying "his denial at the beginning was deadly" and that as he "fiddles, people are dying."#TrumpLiedPeopleDiedhttps://t.co/vG4oKmxkQx
— Robert Cooper 🌊 (@RobertCooper58) March 29, 2020
Besides the talk of an investigation into Trump’s failures after the crisis concludes, Democrats in Congress have been working to secure financial support for businesses and workers that have been affected amidst the dash to lock down enough locales to stem the spread of the Coronavirus. There’s been talk of yet another Coronavirus relief funding package, which would be the fourth in a row, but that doesn’t appear to be materializing quite yet — although even Trump chimed on Twitter that he’d like to get an infrastructure deal done.
If Trumpnews (aka Fox) could face a legal bloodbath for spreading deadly lies about the virus, what about the Trump Administration and its enablers? What about the Liar in Chief? Legal immunity shouldn’t exceed COVID-19 immunity! https://t.co/bde0bOaTtJ
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) March 31, 2020
Check out Twitter’s response to Schiff below…