As America begins another week of social distancing, many workers and small business owners are worried about more than just the coronavirus. With the nation at a virtual shutdown in many states, President Trump is right that this is war. It feels like wartime with the uncertainty and the unknown number of casualties.
Now, instead of sending our brave men and women in uniform abroad to fight a known enemy, we are fighting an invisible unknown enemy on the home front, and our doctors, nurses, and first responders are vital to our army. But like wartime, we are for the first time in most of our collective memories facing tangible sacrifices and especially economic impact. We also have a phenomenal leader in our United States President.
Like other times our great country has been at war, we should rally behind our President and also do our part to make sacrifices.
Like other times our great country has been at war, we should rally behind our President and also do our part to make sacrifices. Trump is certainly rallying behind us and standing on the front lines himself to fight this invisible war, together with the Task Force, state governors, and the private sector.
We began this national health crisis thankfully with President Trump’s booming economy and record low unemployment rate. Imagine if we were already close to a recession or this happened in 2008. We should be eternally grateful to Trump’s policies and effective leadership for giving us a huge running start. The strain on the economy is no doubt reaching a new crisis, and we are at a pivotal moment in the war.
We still absolutely must also flatten the curve and ensure that the American healthcare system isn’t overwhelmed. America as a Western nation still values life and we are committed to protecting our countrymen from this invisible enemy to the greatest extent possible. We should all be willing to do our part and adhere to the 15 Days of social distancing and all CDC recommendations.
Thus, we have to flatten the epidemic curve while mitigating the economic harm. A shocking chart highlighted in a tweet by Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra shows the nationwide unemployment claims spiking from roughly 200,000 to nearly 700,000 claims filed in 17 states.
China did this to our country. pic.twitter.com/zMaQEAzZnH
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 23, 2020
Charlie Kirk said on Fox News with Steve Hilton Sunday night that Americans have confidence in President Trump and many are concerned not about coronavirus but about the “economic catastrophe that we’re about to come into.” Hilton echoed those sentiments in his opening monologue on The Next Revolution saying, “Save small businesses. Flatten the curve, not the economy. And do it before it’s too late.”
But what is “too late?” The opinions widely vary and most journalists are coming from a position of speculation or distinct fear mongering. This is where we have to do our part by trusting our leadership on the federal, state, and local levels. President Trump isn’t making decisions based on speculation without all the available data or in isolation. Like any military general in wartime, there are always calculations and risks with any action or inaction. The President tweeted this late Sunday night:
WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2020
In Monday’s White House press conference, President Trump said, “Our public health experts, who are terrific, are studying the variation and the disease across the country, and we will be using data to recommend new protocols to allow local economies to cautiously resume their activity at the appropriate time.” He also reiterated, “Our country wasn’t built to be shut down.”
What I saw clearly is our Commander in Chief reassuring us that he sees the big picture and is looking for the golden mean: the Aristotlelian courageous virtue of the desirable middle between two extremes—excess and deficiency. Here, President Trump is looking for the desirable moment between two conflicting difficulties facing our Nation. We cannot have an excess of social contact that will spike the virus to spread and overwhelm the healthcares system, but we cannot have a protracted deficiency that will spike the unemployment rate and damage the economy.
So maybe instead of asking what is “too late,” we should be asking the question I suspect President Trump is asking: what is the perfect time and where is our American golden mean for combating this virus? It’s never a perfect balance, but a window for the best timing available with the best data available. Then, like a general, our Commander in Chief will strike when the moment is right on the federal level, and trust our state and local leaders to use their best judgment for their specific communities.
President Trump reiterated today in the Fox News Virtual Town Hall that he is hopeful to reopen before Easter (April 12) and encouraged Americans to continue to observe Task Force recommendations. In response, the Dow surged over 2100 points (more than 11%), which was the best day in 87 years. This is a great and encouraging day, and we have turned a corner in winning this war. Now, it’s time to rally behind our President. He will win.
Jenna Ellis is a constitutional law attorney and the Senior Legal Adviser to the Trump 2020 campaign. She is an attorney to President Trump and author of “The Legal Basis for a Moral Constitution.”