Strange things are happening because of this public health crisis. But perhaps none so stranger than the conversion of Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from Trump basher to Trump praiser.
She tweeted Wednesday night, commenting on the president’s actions during the virus fight: “Finally, we should never let politics get in the way of good policy. This is a great start and hope others will be part of a united front to push for good policies that will help us work through the economic anxiety the country is feeling right now.”
She specifically called the president’s actions “incredible and the right response in this critical time.”
Are pigs flying? Are they wearing snowshoes in hell? No, politicians are just being politicians.
Omar, Democrat Governor Gavin Newsome of California, Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, CNN‘s Dana Bash of the media, and others have realized that harshly criticizing the president right now would make them look like petulant children when the country wants unity.
America is demanding team players in this fight and politicians get that, even ones who have to do a one-eighty to get right with the program. This does not mean they have become moderate or even logical. What it does mean is that the most active part of any politician’s instinct —survival mode— has kicked in.
It doesn’t hurt that Trump’s response has called for massive government intervention in the private sector to fight the virus. The president is doing this because an extraordinary situation calls for it. The Left likes it because they would like to see it become the norm far past the time this virus subsides.
The Left also knows an election is coming up in November. If the economy and the public health situation recovers well enough by then, the president will be credited with saving the nation from disaster. If it doesn’t they don’t want to be legitimately accused of piling on.