Schiff: 50,000 Americans Dead Because Trump's Impeachment Failed
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep blames President for COVID-19 deaths
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) claimed President Donald Trump is responsible for the death of 50,000 Americans.
Schiff said the death rate from the coronavirus was because the Senate failed to remove President Trump during the impeachment trial earlier this year.
But Schiff's argument goes against claims that the impeachment trial prevented Congress from acting to help stop the pandemic.
Even a timeline of the events illustrates that Trump took quick action to combat the pandemic despite the trial, including banning travel with China, and forming the coronavirus task force
In March, Schiff even called Trump's travel ban from China "crazy."
Now Shiff claiming it is Trump's fault for the deaths.
Here is what he told MSNBC’s, Chris Hayes:
There is one thing that, really, I have to say haunts me from the trial, and it was before that snippet you showed where we knew we had to answer the question to the senators, okay, essentially, house managers; you’ve proved him guilty [sic], does he really need to be removed after all? We have an election in nine months. How much damage could he really do? And we posed that question to the Senate, and we answered it by saying that he could do an awful lot of damage but frankly, Chris, I don’t think we had any idea how much damage he would go on to do in the months ahead. There are 50,000 Americans now who are dead, in significant part because of his incompetence, because of his inability to think beyond himself and put the country first. I don’t think we would have ever anticipated that his brand of narcissism and his brand of incompetence would be so fatal to the American people.
.@RepAdamSchiff suggests “50,000 Americans” are dead because Trump wasn’t impeached— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 25, 2020
Republicans said “How much damage could he really do? ... I don’t think we had any idea how much damage he would go on to do ... There are 50,000 Americans now who are dead” pic.twitter.com/QGH941MSlk
Following a four-week delay from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the House transferred the articles of impeachment to the Senate on Jan. 15, the day of the first coronavirus patient arrived in the U.S. from Wuhan, China.
During the trial, Congress did nothing about the pandemic.
But Trump had already formed coronavirus task force the week of Jan. 27.
Then by Jan. 31, the president banned travel from Chin.
It was not until Feb. 5 that the Democrat-controlled House held its first hearing on coronavirus, the very same day Trump was acquitted.
With all this in mind, Schiff is now pushing for legislation to create a “9/11 commission," to assess Trump's response to the pandemic.
Politicizing the pandemic
Additionally, Pelosi (D-CA) earlier this month accused Trump of dismantling infrastructure, ignoring warnings on the coronavirus, destroying the economy, and calling the virus a "hoax" - a claim which has already been debunked.
The Democrat's narrative has seemingly been designed for political attacks on the president, and not helping the American people.
Pelosi claimed the “incompetent reaction to this health crisis” resulted in “unnecessary deaths and economic disaster," while destroying a “strong economy."