Just when we thought Democrats couldn’t stoop any lower, they find a way to outdo themselves.
Ohio Democratic Rep. Tavia Galonski recently vowed to refer President Donald Trump to the International Criminal Court for “crimes against humanity” over his response to the coronavirus.
Galonski theatrically claimed she was reporting Trump to the court for his continued advocacy of an anti-malarial drug called hydroxychloroquine as a potential “game-changer” in the fight against COVID-19.
“I can’t take it anymore. I’ve been to The Hague. I’m making a referral for crimes against humanity tomorrow,” she said. “Today’s press conference was the last straw. I know the need for a prosecution referral when I see one.”
Galonski, who represents Ohio’s 35th district, did not seem to mean that she had been to the ICC about Trump’s claims, but rather that she had visited the popular Dutch tourist site in the past.
Galonski also called on “every lawyer that ever did any work on the international level” to email her “immediately.”
Asked by the Ohio Capital-Journal how she planned to initiate her complaint to the ICC, Galonski said: “I honestly have no idea. But how hard can it be?”
The Hague is the site of the ICC, which was created by the United Nations General Assembly in 2002. Under certain conditions, the court may prosecute individuals for crimes against humanity and other atrocities, including genocide.
But only member states of the U.N. Security Council, not individuals, can refer cases to the court.
The United States is not a member state.
While her comments are utterly ridiculous, actual data shows that the president’s administration has done a solid job of handling the coronavirus.
Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said this week that he thinks there’s a good chance that if people continue social distancing and being responsible that the coronavirus could be largely “behind us” by early June.
“It’s going to take all of us and doing everything that we need to continue to do to get through this. But, I have every confidence that we will,” Pence said.
Pence rounded out his remarks by saying his prediction of having things opening up by June relies on people continuing to do their part, such as social distancing and other guidelines.
Pence said: “There is a high likelihood that if you’ve had this coronavirus in the past, that you will enjoy some immunity from it in the future. It’s among the reasons why our nation, should the coronavirus reemerge at any time in the future, our nation will be in a much better place.”
“If some of those early studies hold out, there will be an awful lot of Americans in the fall and in the winter of next year that actually enjoys a degree of immunity from the coronavirus. That will be a bulwark against this,” he added.
To Pence’s point, the number of new cases and deaths continues to decline across the country and several states have already begun to carefully reopen some businesses.