If you had the Governor of California shunning the current hysteria being played up in the media over the Wuhan Flu, collect your winnings at the window.
When asked yesterday about how the response is going and how the federal government has helped, Gov. Gavin Newsom, one of the most liberal Democrats in the country, said that he’s gotten everything he’s asked for. This seemed to be a shock to the journalists reporting on it.
Newsom says he believes this entire process will take two to three days, but also says it's fluid and that could change.
— Julia Wick (@sherlyholmes) March 8, 2020
More than 900 passengers are CA residents, and will mostly be taken to Travis Air Force Base in Solano County for a 14-day quarantine. Some will be taken to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near San Diego, Newsom says.
— Sophia Bollag (@SophiaBollag) March 8, 2020
This should be obvious to anyone paying attention. It’s fairly easy to ascertain that the Trump administration gains absolutely nothing from not doing everything they can to contain this strain of coronavirus. A president is never going to throw on a lab coat and actually go work at the CDC. He or she is also not going to manage quarantines. The truth is, whether some want to hear it or not, a president has very little control here except in his ability to rubber stamp protocols already in place.
But the desire to turn this into “Trump’s Katrina” is so pervasive that the media will literally say anything they feel frames things negatively for the administration. Good for Gavin Newsom for not playing along. At some point, facts have to matter. Reality rarely fits into our partisan bubbles, and though it’s usually just politics to try to force it to do so, we are dealing with a pandemic here. Some things should be above politicizing.