Colorado GOP Delegation Backs COVID Blame Projection Bill

Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado Springs).

Michael Karlik at the Colorado Springs Gazette reports:

U.S. Reps. Scott Tipton, Ken Buck and Doug Lamborn have co-sponsored a House resolution that condemns the Chinese government’s response to COVID-19 and asks the country to take responsibility for originating the novel coronavirus…

Tipton blamed the severity of the global pandemic on the Chinese government’s failure to act quickly and be “immediately forthcoming” about what it knew. “This recklessness by the Chinese government cannot be tolerated, and they should face severe consequences including sanctions and reparations to nations they have impacted,” he said.

Colorado’s three Republican members of Congress, Reps. Ken Buck, Doug Lamborn, and Scott Tipton are all on board, with Lamborn earning a name-check from leading congressional Trump apologist Rep. Elise Stefanik:

Here’s the intro to House Resolution 907:

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of the People’s Republic of China made multiple, serious mistakes in the early stages of the COVID–19 outbreak that heightened the severity and spread of the ongoing COVID–19 pandemic, which include the Chinese Government’s intentional spread of misinformation to downplay the risks of the virus, a refusal to cooperate with international health authorities, internal censorship of doctors and journalists, and malicious disregard for the health of ethnic minorities.

In psychology, the term “projection” refers to ascribing one’s own flaws and insecurities to another party in order to assuage one’s own guilt. The accusation that the People’s Republic of China made “multiple, serious mistakes in the early stages of the COVID–19 outbreak” may have basis in fact, but this allegation applies every bit as well to the early response by the United States government to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That should be the priority of the U.S. House of Representatives, not China.

President Donald Trump’s weeks of denial of the severity of the pandemic, insisting that the virus would “go away” and that the number of cases was declining, perfectly fit the accusation in this resolution of “intentional spread of misinformation to downplay the risks of the virus.” Trump called the World Health Organization coronavirus test used to good effect in other countries “a bad test,” which could fairly be called “a refusal to cooperate with international health authorities.” While we wouldn’t say that scientists in the United States have been “censored,” watching Dr. Anthony Fauci facepalm while Trump fictionalizes the latest pandemic updates seems close enough. Finally, there’s the “malicious disregard for the health of ethnic minorities.” Check.

We all accuse the other side of being crazy, but in this case we think a clinical explanation might honestly be right. We’ll leave it to qualified psychologists to make the diagnosis, but we will say that rarely does the projection so perfectly characterize the original sin.

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  1. Duke Cox says:

    “Intentional spread of misinformation to downplay the risks of the virus”

    Right…they did that. We are talking about the T***p administration …right ? So…the Chinese did it, too?

     

  2. spaceman65 says:

    Hey GOP, just so we're clear your bullshit and delays in taking this seriously is going to kill tens of thousands of Americans.  So fuck you, merchants of death

  3. JohnInDenver says:

    I'd think they would recognize the incredibly slippery slope being developed by such a resolution … seems to me the US would then be liable for any re-export of the coronavirus.  And would they really like to be responsible for all the harms developed by the export of ideas of Paul Manafort, Rudy Giuliani, Steve Bannon, and their colleagues?

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    Oh, sure, it’s all just GOPer fun and games, and ginning up the base while they’re bored at home . . .

    . . . right up until the time one of your unhinged acolytes actually listens to some, or any, of your nutball conspiracy shit . .

    . . . and tries to run a locomotive into some hospital ship ???!
     

    Engineer Crashes Train Near Hospital Ship in Los Angeles

    No one was injured and the ship, sent to bolster the health care system during the coronavirus outbreak, was not damaged. The man told the authorities he had suspicions about the ship’s reason for docking.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/us/train-crash-los-angeles-coronavirus.html

     

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