Bauer: Trump opponents want business lockdowns to continue

Monday, April 20, 2020
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NY business lockdownsA conservative activist acknowledges the downturn in the U.S. economy because of coronavirus-related restrictions is a huge challenge for President Donald Trump – but says the way the mainstream media is portraying it could spell trouble for his reelection prospects.

A Gallup survey released last week shows the president's approval rating slipped six percentage points over past month as Americans' frustrations grow over the virtual lockdown on much of the American economy. According to the poll taken during the first two weeks of April, Trump approval stands at 43 percent with 54 percent disapproval. Gallup emphasizes that "the current health and economic crisis is undoubtedly the greatest challenge of his presidency so far – and could imperil his standing in the final year of his first term as he seeks reelection."

Gary Bauer, president of American Values, blames a good part of the ratings drop on the left-leaning media.

"It's just hard to know how many of the American people are buying into this Democrat media narrative that the president reacted to all of this too slowly," he tells OneNewsNow. "The whole charge is ridiculous – but nearly every media outlet in the country is promoting that idea."

Bauer doesn't deny that millions of Americans are hurting financially because of the lockdown – but suggests that some of the president's opponents don't have a problem with that.

Bauer, Gary (American Values)"Historically even if a president was not responsible for the economic pain, people tend to blame the incumbent of whatever party if they've lost their job, if they've lost their business," he says. "So, this is a huge challenge for the president. [But] some of these people would like to keep things shut as long as possible, because that will mean that on Election Day there won't be enough recovery for voters to reelect the president and vice-president."

On Thursday, Trump gave governors a roadmap for recovering from the economic pain of the pandemic, laying out "a phased and deliberate approach" to restoring normal activity in places that have strong testing and are seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases. One of those governors – Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota – won't need a roadmap because she has refused to devastate her state's economy by imposing a lockdown.

Common sense prevails in SD

South Dakota hasn't implemented business closures, closed non-essential services, issued a stay-at-home order, or imposed travel restrictions – all decisions by Governor Noem that have made her public enemy number one of the anti-Trump mainstream media.


During an appearance on "The Ingraham Angle" on the Fox News Channel, Noem responded to media accusations that South Dakota is becoming a COVID-19 hotspot, despite the fact that as of Friday the state had seen only seven deaths.

"We've got one issue in a pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota – but outside of that, two thirds of our state have no cases or one case in an entire county," the governor shared. "South Dakotans are doing a fantastic job following my recommendations, and we've been able to keep our businesses open and allow people to take on some personal responsibility."

According to Noem, says the Smithfield Foods meat packing plant in question is critical infrastructure.

"Regardless of a shelter-in-place order or not, it would have been up and running because it's an important part of our nation's food supply," she explained. "[But] what's been happening on the national level is they've not been telling all the facts behind this: the people of South Dakota can be trusted to make good decisions; we have common sense. That's why people want to live here and that's why I love living here."

The governor admitted she has concerns that many Americans appear to have given up their liberties for just a little bit of security when they it wasn't necessary to do so.

Over the weekend, some states under Republican leadership moved toward easing up on the mandates aimed at stopping the coronavirus. At the same time, President Trump urged citizens in three Democrat-led states – Minnesota, Michigan, and Virginia – to voice their opposition to the stay-at-home restrictions imposed upon them by their governors.


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