Susan Rice, in an interview with the ladies of “The View,” blamed President Donald Trump for the lives lost during the coronavirus pandemic, claiming the previous administration had set him up for success.
That’s right – Rice, whose only notable accomplishment as Barack Obama’s former National Security Adviser was shirking responsibility for a terrorist attack – believes the President must shoulder the blame.
Co-host Sunny Hostin set Rice up with a perfect slow-pitch softball toss, making her line of questioning seem almost assuredly scripted and coordinated.
“Ambassador, I do want to talk to you then about the coronavirus because President Trump has said nobody could have predicted this pandemic,” she said before walking her through the answer.
“But the Obama administration did predict a pandemic and you personally tried to prepare the incoming administration for something just like this, leaving essentially a pandemic playbook that warned of this type of virus happening,” Hostin alleged.
“So who is really to blame for the abysmal response here and the death of 150,000 Americans?”
Rice Points the Finger
Rice smirked prior to answering as if to say “thanks for the setup.” And then she unloaded on President Trump.
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“So the fault here, the tragic loss of 150,000 Americans and counting is on Donald Trump and his gross mishandling of this pandemic,” she claimed. “He said it would go away. He likened it to the flu.”
Nowhere did she mention Andrew Cuomo shoving elderly patients into nursing homes. Nowhere did she mention the Democrat impeachment hoax being conducted while the pandemic was hitting our shores.
She did not blame Nancy Pelosi who encouraged her constituents to tour Chinatown in late February because coronavirus fears were “unwarranted.”
She did not blame Bill de Blasio who told New York City residents to “get out on the town despite coronavirus.”
No, every misstep along the path of a historical pandemic was the President’s and the President’s alone.
Maybe he should have just blamed the whole thing on an obscure YouTube video.
Former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice defends handling of 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack: “Eight congressional committees over the next four years investigated every aspect of Benghazi, and not one of them found that I had done anything wrong.” https://t.co/2ZuwuRK54s pic.twitter.com/EVKJ2c6URf
— The View (@TheView) July 29, 2020
Pandemic For Dummies
Rice, who is desperately angling for the Vice President role for Joe Biden’s campaign, claimed everybody knew the coronavirus pandemic was “inevitable.”
“We prepared the incoming administration with a ‘Pandemic for Dummies’ playbook and a tabletop exercise and so many other briefings,” she said.
The media have been anxiously pushing a narrative that the Trump administration ditched that playbook. The reality, according to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, is that the Obama pandemic response plan was inadequate.
“Some have erroneously suggested that the Trump administration threw out the pandemic response playbook left by the Obama-Biden administration,” McEnany told reporters. “What the critics failed to note, however, is that this thin packet of paper was replaced by two detailed, robust pandemic response reports commissioned by the Trump administration.”
Additionally, the Obama administration’s response to the swine flu epidemic in 2009 left the nation with a significant shortage of medical masks, something they never bothered to replenish.
Masks, of course, have been the key to fighting off the spread of this virus.
That year also saw Obama scrap the White House Health and Security Office, which worked on international health issues.
Aside from thinking Trump is the only man responsible for the pandemic, Susan Rice has made other wild claims, including the notion that citing the virus’ origin from China is “shameful” and “designed to stigmatize people of Asian descent.”
As House Judiciary Committee member Matt Gaetz has said: “If lies were music, Susan Rice would be Mozart.”