To listen to the political demagogues and their choir in the national news media, the Trump Administration and the United States were woefully unprepared for the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Not true. According to the Nuclear Threat Initiative and Johns Hopkins Center For Health Security, the U.S. was better prepared than any other nation on the globe for a pandemic in late 2019.

Fox News has unearthed a report in the Washington Post from last year that says the Global Health Security Index was was "developed with guidance from an international panel of experts from 13 countries, with research by the Economist Intelligence Unit." The report says "more than 100 researchers spent a year collecting and validating publicly available data.”

While still the best, there were flaws with U.S. preparedness, according to the paper. The Post noted that "factors driving down the U.S. score include the risks of social unrest and terrorism and low public confidence in government."

The report on U.S. preparedness is important in that it highlights the extent to which the political opposition and the news media want this administration to fail. Failure means more deaths and more economic carnage. That is pure evil.

What is getting scant coverage by the anti-Trump media is reporting by the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Times and Bloomberg News that the former Obama Administration used millions of N95 face masks during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009 and failed to replace them. Whoopsie!

I find it offensive, but yet still somehow amusing, that the Democrats and the media are rooting for the germs and not the American people during this crisis because of their crazed dislike of the president.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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