“It is very unfortunate that people are concerned about the coronavirus because it is not anything that is taking place in the state of New York. There is nothing whatsoever preventing you from coming to this wonderful neighborhood.” Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer from Chinatown, February 14, 2020
RAIR Foundation USA has uncovered a little-seen video of powerful New York City politician Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer downplaying the Wuhan coronavirus. In the video, she pushes citizens to come to Chinatown on February 14, 2020, weeks after President Trump’s travel ban from China.
With nearly half of all Chinese coronavirus deaths in America so far and over double of the deaths per million citizens, it is quite reasonable to question why New York City has been so disproportionately impacted. Obviously, New York City is a heavily-populated urban center, but even so, Los Angeles, San Francisco-Oakland and San Jose have more citizens per square mile.
While statements made by New York City officials Mayor Bill de Blasio and Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot have been highly criticized for downplaying the risk of the coronavirus, RAIR Foundation USA dug up a video of far left Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer assuring citizens that the coronavirus “is not anything that is taking place in the state of New York” and further encouraged New Yorkers to come to Chinatown. “There is nothing whatsoever preventing you from coming to this wonderful neighborhood,” she said.
Almost a month after President Trump imposed his then-heavily-maligned travel ban from China, Gale Brewer was still dining in restaurants and ignoring the coronavirus as evidenced by this tweet:
As mentioned above, radical left New York Officials appear to have coordinated their messaging to assure the public that despite President Trump’s travel ban from China, there was no threat from the coronavirus:
It could never be known how many lives have been saved by President Trump limiting travel from China in January after the World Health Organization advised against it. If the President had the same attitude as the officials in New York City and the World Health organization, who were surely taking their lead from the Chinese Communist Party, it is highly likely that many more citizens would still be alive today.