Saturday, March 28, 2020
The restriction on travel to and from China got imposed at the end of January. At the time, Joe Biden accused Trump of “hysteria and xenophobia — hysterical xenophobia” for cutting off that potential transmission source. When Trump imposed a similar restriction on the EU’s Schengen Zone countries this month, the media and the EU accused Trump of overreacting. In both cases, however, the countries impacted erected their own travel barriers shortly afterward, including new border enforcement in the previously free-movement Schengen zone. That made Trump look more like a visionary than a hysteric, and nearly every American agrees just a few weeks later.