By: Mark Glennon*

Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom said this on CNN on April 10 when asked about his experience working with Donald Trump to address the coronavirus pandemic:

I gotta say this. It’s just a fact or I’d be lying to the American people. Every single direct request that [Trump] was capable of meeting, he has met. We have the [hospital ship] USNS Mercy because of his direct intervention and support, and 2,000 on these federal medical stations because of his direct support. I can only speak for myself but I have to be complementary otherwise I would be simply lying to you and misleading you. That is a wonderful thing to be able to say. I hope it continues. This has been a remarkable moment. We have been able to rise above the partisanship.

Among the things Democratic Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has said to the local and national press are these:

The failures of the White House, of the president, have visited greater illness and greater number of deaths across the country…. This will go down in history as profound failure of our national government…. If [the federal government] had started in February building ventilators, getting ready for this pandemic, we would not have the problems we have today and, frankly, very fewer people would die. This is a time for serious people, not the carnival barkers that are tweeting from the cheap seats. All I can say is, get to work, or get out of the way.

But Pritzker also said this on February 28: “All I’m saying is we’re not relying upon the White House. We, in fact, have one of the best public health systems in the country. And so we’ve got experts here … who are highly capable of managing the COVID-19 [pandemic], that’s come upon us.” Do you regret saying that?

Governors Newsom and Pritzker

On why he sent ventilators to other states instead of keeping them for California, Newsom said this:

We thought it was the right thing to do, but I also want you to know it was the responsible thing to do as American citizens, from a moral and ethical imperative, to save lives.

Pritzker has expressed a different philosophy.

When Abbott Laboratories announced its breakthrough device for quick COVID-19 testing, Pritzker said that evening he “got on the phone and I spoke with the president and CEO of Abbott to ask that Illinois be first in line.” And on Twitter he said, “I also called @AbbottNews to ask that Illinois be first in line for their just-announced 5-minute rapid test for COVID-19.”

Pritzker further explained the basis for the resources he claims he needs from the federal government on April 10:

I won’t be satisfied until we’re past this pandemic, frankly, so you know if you hear me complain now and again. If you hear me argue for more for Illinois, it’s because we need it. And it’s because we’re doing everything that we can, and it’s not enough, and therefore we need help from others. And so I’m going to make that plea, wherever I need to. But, you know, we’re doing everything we can. I feel like we are making progress, but I’m going to be on the phone with the governors and with the vice president with the president for as long and as often as I need to be.

But Pritzker was asked again, directly, to share the methods and models on which he is basing his projections and needs for resources. He ducked the question on April 10 and has provided nothing. The only publicly available projection he has said he looks at is by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. It shows that Illinois’ peak needs for resources to address the COVID-19 virus already passed – on April 7. It shows only a small remaining need for ventilators. Spot shortages at some hospitals of personal protective equipment, however, remain severe.

*Mark Glennon is founder of Wirepoints.

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Aurelia
7 months ago

He’s such a disgrace, know nothing!

Transparent Illinois
7 months ago

Even New York’s Governor Cuomo has just praised President Trump saying he has “delivered for New York”. Governor Pritzker just trying to be political and divide when this is a time where everyone needs to work together.

debtsor
7 months ago

Jabba’s base eats that slop up. It’s the local pastime here in Chicago and the suburbs to bash Trump at all times. When I roll by and overhear conversations I always insert myself and remind them that Trump is still their president.

Illinois Entrepreneur
7 months ago

This is the Illinois Democrat party, in a nutshell. The party of fear, coercion, negativity and old-school brass knuckle politics. They’re not nice people and they don’t care about you, because they’re lookin’ out for their own. They don’t even like each other, most of the time.

But they know how to play this game, and they play it very well.

I don’t know how we got here, but I know it was like this well before I was born.

DantheMan
7 months ago

Governor JB Pritzker….. Illinois overwhelmingly elected him. Do you still think there is hope for Illinois?

DixonSyder
7 months ago
Reply to  DantheMan

Jelly Belly only won about 10 counties out of 102. Most of Illinoisans detest this slob. He is the governor of Chicago/Cook County. Thanks to the brain dead voters there we have bubblehead as the governor. Do you ever see a press conference from Springfield? Nope, always in Chicago with bulging eyes Larry Lightslippers. The rest of the state be damned Chicago must be taken care of at all costs.

Riverbender
7 months ago
Reply to  DixonSyder

And that is what our electoral vote system prevents in Presidential elections and why the Democrats want to do away with that system.
I might add the voters in Madigan’s district have a lot to do with the situations in 102 counties as well.

M
7 months ago
Reply to  DantheMan

motor voter, no voter i.d. cook county vote counting. and of course chicago. we are doomed

Fed up neighbor
7 months ago

Great what a choice we have

Bob
7 months ago

Why is it that Illinois spawns so many political freaks and losers that burst onto the scene like they are Messiahs ? Must be something in the water.

DixonSyder
7 months ago

Bubblehead is an entitled rich kid who is trying to angle his way into a presidential run in 2024. Watch and see. Gov Bubblehead should have gone to prison for attempting to bribe the sitting governor, Blago, for the vacant obammy senate seat but since his sister Penny was an obammy cabinet appointee that wasnt gonna happen. Rich, entitled, arrogant, obese and generally a conniving rat, (toiletgate comes to mind), Jabba the Pritzger will further drive Illinois deeper into debt and insolvency,.

debtsor
7 months ago
Reply to  DixonSyder

“Jabba the Pritzger [is] further driv[ing] Illinois deeper into debt and insolvency,.

there, I fixed it

nixit
7 months ago

JwannaB Pritzker