Barack Obama performed poorly during the previous deadly pandemic, and his successor led a much stronger response, a Republican from Iowa said.
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) has supported President Donald Trump’s tough measures to contain the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website stated that Ernst supported the president’s early efforts to shut down international travel and encourage the nation to have the world’s highest number of CCP Virus testing of more than 32 million Americans.
The senator believes this showed a much stronger leadership than his Democratic predecessor, who demonstrated “failed leadership” during the Ebola outbreak back in 2014. “The president is stepping forward, and we have Vice President Mike Pence that is spearheading the task force efforts on the coronavirus,” she told CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Ernst revealed the Democratic Party tried to interfere with the president’s efforts to stop mainland Chinese travelers from entering U.S. borders. Some Democrats even described the Oval Office’s efforts to protect Americans from the pandemic as being prejudiced toward people belonging to other races.
“Understanding where this came from, how it developed, of course, the push back that we got from the Democrats when the president did try to shut down travel from some of those hot spots—it was an extremely difficult environment to operate. … We know different today than we did at the beginning of the spread of the virus, and we should continually learn from those efforts and make sure we are doing the right thing by moving our nation forward,” said Ernst.
CNN host Dana Bash suggested the president’s leadership should be questioned after more than 132,000 Americans died from the CCP Virus, according to the Worldometer website. “You criticized President Obama in 2014 for his handling of the Ebola outbreak, saying that he showed ‘failed leadership,’” she said. “Only two people in the United States died from Ebola. Right now, there are almost 130,000 Americans dead from coronavirus so, if President Obama showed failed leadership then, do you think President Trump is showing failed leadership now?”
However, Ernst stressed government restrictions alone can only have a limited impact. Every American must take responsibility for their protection as the nation reopens. “We all have a responsibility in stopping the spread,” she said. “We have seen one additional death in the last 24 hours here in Iowa, so it is something we should be absolutely paying attention to, and we all should do our part to make sure we are protecting others as well.”
The senator predicts the disease will not subside any time soon and suggested practical steps each individual can take to help prevent infection. “Simply things [like] wearing a mask [and] making sure we are washing our hands,” she said. “Certainly, I have heard some of the discussions earlier [that] wearing a mask is entirely appropriate, social distancing is entirely appropriate.”