Yet another screed from U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik proclaiming her “COVID-19 Response — Protecting America, Demanding Justice”! I am sure many of my fellow 21st District folks found it stuffed in their mailboxes, too. This is a taxpayer funded campaign ad. Given the millions she gets from outside donors, thanks to being a Fox News star, does Stefanik really need us to pay for her campaign drivel? Given that President Donald Trump’s postmaster general is now trying to ruin the postal system, does she have to add junk mail to gum up the system?

But it’s the content that gets my blood boiling. Elise cannot ever be honest with constituents. That’s who she is. Elise is spending her valuable time on the “China task force.” Sounds important, but this is just a bunch of Republican congressmen with zero credibility and zero authority to do anything but cast shadows and work the fog machine to confuse people. Why are we in such a pickle with the novel coronavirus pandemic? Elise’s task forces is working hard “to expose China’s criminal behavior.”

I am not saying that China bears no responsibility. The local officials in Wuhan initially failed to act. But as we all know, that caused huge problems for Chinese themselves as the virus spread throughout their population. They also suffered for official malfeasance. Blanket Chinese scapegoating is absurd. For example, on Jan. 11 the Chinese released the virus’s genetic data so we could devise tests and vaccines. Elise makes it all sound like some nefarious conspiracy of the Chinese to destroy America.

Put another way, Stefanik also might blame me for the infamous West Coxsackie virus. That’s where I grew up in New York. This all has bigoted undertones. Blame Asians for our problems! But as Dr. Anthony Fauci says, “The numbers don’t lie.” The United States has less than 5 percent of the world population but leads all other countries in global coronavirus infections and deaths. Can we blame the Chinese for this?

Ironically, Stefanik’s blaming the Chinese for deception is exactly what she is doing to us. Misinforming and misleading by blissfully ignoring the real culprit — the disastrous, incompetent, failed response of President Trump, her good buddy. How can she not come clean about this? Maybe she’s crazy after injecting some bleach into her arm to prevent infection. Let’s vaccinate ourselves against Republican lies and deceptions. Get rid of Elise in the 21st District!

Mark MacWilliams

Canton

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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(26) comments

Pitbull

Who says its taxpayer funded? Does it say so on the document? Are you going to deny that this disease began in Wuhan? Are you trying to say that if I identify this as a virus with Asian origins that I'm a bigot. Thats bizarre, reflexive behavior. Its too bad that every thought you have somehow focuses on racism and xenophobia.

KRobbins

Trump said the virus was going away in April. Did it? He said it was 15 cases and it was going down to zero. Did that happen? He opined that maybe injecting disinfectant was a good treatment. Is it? He told Chris Wallace in the middle of July he’d be signing a terrific healthcare bill in two weeks. Did he? Did Mexico pay for the wall? Did he make America great again? Did he honor and obey marriage vows? Has he ever told the truth?

Pitbull

Yes, he said he would build an economy like no other. The Dems have supported the Walmart/China/Clinton cabal for decades with the help of billionaires, all to the detriment of the American Middle Class.

Pitbull

...and the jobs are coming back. In the future, if you want an antacid after a lost election you won't import it along with some cancer causing ingredients from your good friend China.

KRobbins

Whose good friend China? Trump has said some very nice things about Xi even praising him for becoming president for life. The GOP isn’t some much about promoting democracy as promoting Trump now, tho. Right?

“He then, stunningly, turned the conversation to the coming US presidential election, alluding to China’s economic capability to affect the ongoing campaigns, pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win,” Mr Bolton writes.

Begging like a 🐶

KRobbins

The Chinese government granted 18 trademarks to companies linked to President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump over the last two months, Chinese public records show, raising concerns about conflicts of interest in the White House. APNews Nov 2018

hermit thrush

pitbull, this is a straight-up lie about the economy. there was more job growth during the last three years of the obama-biden administration than under the first three years of trump. aggregate economic growth about obama-biden and trump has been the same. note that the time frame here is before the pandemic hit, which has now landed us in the worst economy since the great depression.

Newsjunkie39a

So I take it you're proud of our nation's response to COVID-19?

Pitbull

Actually, I am. Teddy R.'s statement about the "man in the arena" rings true. Your party seems filled with Monday Morning Quarterbacks (an old adage I am having a hard time using...I and many others will be swearing off the NFL due to their politicization of a sport). As a MMQ you stand there watching a competitor deal with continuous changing variables and then criticize the response, no matter what it is. Its all a partisan game to you. I am not proud of what this state has done. Cuomo and deBlasio are in the process of destroying our economy, all to further their political aims by increasing fear.

hermit thrush

it amazing that people can think like this. if cuomo and deblasio "destroy the economy" without a good reason then that would in fact be disastrous for their own political aims. such absurd conspiracy theorizing!

Charlie McGrath

Had Hillary Clinton won she would have predicted the virus and not one life would have been lost. Trump waited until we had one case before he did anything. Then like the racist and xenophobe he is, he halted flights from China in late January. Pelosi knew the right thing to do and invited people to Chinatown in February to have a good time. That's the kind of leadership we need.

rockloper

And yet the virus was introduced into this country through Europe. Charlie have you got a count on how many times tRUMP said the virus was a hoax? 180,000 deaths later he probably still thinks it's a hoax.

Pitbull

Pelosi also knew the right thing to do when she hypocritically removed her mask and got her hair done (on camera)!

KRobbins

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She's back

After 3 1/2 years of Trump the entire country is getting dang tired of being openly lied to.

Even Republicans admit they know how much the GOP lies now days.

Stefanik's most recent set of "truth twisting" makes me nauseous .

rockloper

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Green Grace

Yes, how is it the U.S. with 5% of the world's population has 25% of the cases and 22% of the deaths? Just imagine Stefanik blaming the Chinese for that if there was a Democratic administration in office. If Obama had talked about the virus going away "like a miracle" and then we had 6 million cases, think she wouldn't be critical. Sick of hypocrisy.

rockloper

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Pitbull

Hypocrisy, she says! The Democrat are the party of hypocrisy. Oppose charter schools and send your own kids to private. Agree to a crippling Paris Accord and then get on a jet to go tour Paris. Close down hair salons and then get your hair done. Claim you want to encourage the middle class and then invest in China. There are many, many, more.

hermit thrush

no one has been weaker on china than trump.

KRobbins

Nice letter. Love “campaign drivel.” Exactly what emerges from our congresswoman. Maybe she can investigate why China managed to fool the US so badly that we are so bad in relation to the coronavirus that we’re a pariah. Meanwhile other countries were not taken in and have gotten back to normal. Why is that? Better leadership maybe.

rockloper

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Pitbull

"Meanwhile other countries were not taken in...." You mean, like Italy maybe? Milan, the focal point of the fashion industry, has very robust commercial relations with Wuhan. I wouldn't say that they had an easy time with this. You're cherrypicking and your only cherry is the US.

rockloper

Yo pitbull [beam]

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/09/europe/italy-coronavirus-return-normal-intl/index.html

KRobbins

"Images of the coffins carried on military trucks in Bergamo were harsh, and evidently they made it clear how leaving the uncontrolled circulation of the virus would lead to serious problems."

Maybe we should’ve shown the coffins.

rockloper

Yup, she's the face of the gop now - deception, bait and switch, lie, repeat.

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