As recently as February 24, Pelosi was encouraging people to live life as normal and to continue going to shops and restaurants.
In fact, she made a highly publicized visit to San Francisco's Chinatown District in February to quell fears about the coronavirus.
Now, however, Pelosi claims that she knew about the threat of COVID-19 in January and that the president didn't take it seriously enough.
Nevermind the fact that Trump limited travel to and from China in January. Pelosi and other Democrats criticized his move.
Furthermore, Trump had already established the coronavirus task force by the time Pelosi was encouraging people to still go to public shops and restaurants.
Multiple Republicans have blamed Pelosi and Democrats for the slow government response.
While the president acted decisively, Democrats were still focused on their impeachment effort as the virus was spreading around the world.
It wasn't until February 6 that Trump was acquitted.
Despite being under trial with virtually no help from Democrats, President Trump acted swiftly to protect Americans from the pandemic.
Pelosi is now trying to defend impeachment and cast blame on Trump. See her appearance on MSNBC below:
Of McConnell and Trump, Pelosi said, "They can't handle their jobs, I guess."
The entire Democratic party was unified in their effort to impeach the president.
Meanwhile, Trump made difficult decisions to slow the virus from hitting the United States so we could prepare for its inevitable arrival.
Despite the Democrats' finger-pointing, the United States statistically trails every other major country in terms of infections.
While we have the highest number of confirmed infections, it's due to our population size and the widespread, transparent nature of our testing.
There have been many doubts of China's official numbers.
The New York Post reports that while impeachment may have slowed down the federal response, the lack of information from China also made it difficult for our health officials to truly understand the threat:
On Jan. 31, Trump closed the US border to China and quarantined US citizens returning from Hubei province for 14 days, the first time such measures had been taken since 1969.
Dr. Anthony Fauci would later say the travel ban was crucial in slowing the spread of the virus.
But at the time, it was slammed by WHO and China as racist. Biden called Trump a “xenophobe.”
If anything, as a China hawk who believes in border security, Trump was ahead of the Democrats and media who now blame him for the outbreak.
Asked Tuesday if impeachment had distracted him, the president mused aloud, “I certainly devoted a little time to think about it, right.
“[But] I don’t think I would have done any better had I not been impeached . . . I don’t think I would have acted any faster.”
The president doesn’t want to admit it, but there had to be a price for the time and energy the administration and Congress wasted fighting over impeachment. The media was consumed by it and little attention was paid to the catastrophe unfolding in Wuhan.
White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx this week pointed out that if medical experts were slow to comprehend the threat, it was because “we were missing a significant amount of the data” from China.
We can all play the partisan blame game but that only lets the real culprit off the hook; it is the Chinese Communist Party, whose deceptions cost at least two crucial months and unleashed a pandemic.
Soon, there will be a reckoning.
Working from home in upstate New York, Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik says her constituents tell her they want China to pay for “the significant economic distress to our communities and small businesses” caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
When the crisis is over, she says Americans should sue China to recoup their losses.
“There needs to be an international investigation into China with financial accountability. The Chinese Communist Party purposefully lied to the Chinese people . . . and the world about this virus, and thousands of lives were lost as well as trillions of economic debt.
Pelosi's blame game during the midst of the pandemic is symptomatic of the Democrats' desire to politicize this crisis.
Instead of working with the president, they'd rather point fingers than offer up their own solutions or ideas.
Compare this to Republicans, who have openly offered to help the administration as well as call on more transparency from China.
There are finite resources in terms of taxpayer money and manpower.
Right now, the federal government is focused on helping the states fight back against COVID-19.
However, Pelosi has authorized a "bi-partisan" investigation into Trump's handling of the crisis.
Shouldn't these politicians save their energy for once the crisis is over?
Certainly there are ways that they can be contributing to help fight against the crisis and protect Americans' physical and financial health.
Fox News confirms that Pelos suggested McConnell and Trump "couldn't handle the job":
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., hit back at Senate Major Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., over his claims that the Democrat-led impeachment of President Trump distracted the federal government from handling the coronavirus outbreak during the nascent days of the pandemic.
Pelosi accused Trump and McConnell of using impeachment as “an excuse” for why the administration was slow to respond to the threat the contagion posed to the United States.
"I think that's an admission that perhaps the President and the majority leader cannot handle the job," Pelosi told CNN's Anderson Cooper in an interview. "We have a life and death situation in our country and they should not try to hide behind an excuse for why they did not take action, but it does admit that they did not take action.”
She added: “Right now, we have to work together to get the job done.”
Pelosi’s response comes after McConnell told radio host Hugh Hewitt that the first reports of the outbreak in China surfaced while Trump’s impeachment trial was occurring in the Senate and dominating news coverage.
“It came up while we were tied down on the impeachment trial," McConnell said. "And I think it diverted the attention of the government, because everything every day was all about impeachment.”
A former McConnell aide, John Ashbrook, also pointed out on Twitter that the first reported case of COVID-19 in the U.S. occurred on the same day that House Democrats brought articles of impeachment to the Senate after Pelosi held off on moving forward on impeachment for weeks.
Asked about the impeachment trial in regards to the country’s handling of the coronavirus, Trump said that impeachment "probably did" distract him from confronting the crisis sooner.
"I think I handled it very well, but I guess it probably did (distract me)," Trump said yesterday during a briefing with the White House coronavirus task force. "I mean, I got impeached. I think, you know, I certainly devoted a little time to thinking about it."
Hindsight is 20/20.
But Pelosi should not be allowed to get away with re-writing history.
As recently as February 24, Pelosi publicly toured shops and restaurants to encourage people to continue living life as usual.
If the COVID-19 pandemic was really "self-evident" as she claimed, then why wasn't she championing social distancing before Trump? Why didn't she close the borders before Trump?
The president has always been one step ahead.
CBS San Francisco confirms Pelosi's Chinatown tour:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walked through San Francisco’s Chinatown District Monday, attempting to quell fears about the current outbreak of the coronavirus that has kept customers out of shops and restaurants and tourists away from the streets.
Throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Asian-American owned stores and restaurants have seen a decline in business since the illness began its rapid spread in Wuhan, China, last month.
At the typically packed Shooting Star Cafe on Webster Street in Oakland, tables were empty during lunch hour last week. The owner say it’s been like that every day recently.
“Besides the locals not coming in, a lot of people are trying to avoid Chinatown in general and avoid Asians, I would say,” said co-owner Sunny Wong.
The same has been true in San Francisco’s Chinatown — a major tourist destination — and Pelosi hoped her visit would help bring the normal hustle and bustle of the neighborhood back.
“It’s exciting to be here, especially at this time,” said Pelosi as she walked surrounded by media and onlookers. “To be able to be unified with our community.
We want to be vigilant about what might be on the horizon — what is out there in other places. We want to be careful how we deal with it (coronavirus). But we do want to say to people, come to Chinatown. Here we are, again, careful, safe, and come join us.”
Ironically, as Pelosi walked through the district, the lights were out at most of the businesses and restaurants. Pacific Gas & Electric was suffering a power outage to nearly 1,700 customers in the district.
But the power outage did not dampen the gratitude of the merchants who encountered Pelosi. Tane Chan, owner of The Wok Shop on Grant, was overcome with emotions and hugged the Speaker with tears in her eyes.
It's time to put aside the attacks and to prioritize the safety of all Americans.
Trump has led by example.
Speaker Pelosi should take a page out of his playbook and do the same.