Joe Biden believes he has a special gift: the ability to rewrite history. He likes to pretend he was the first person in America to “sound the alarm” on coronavirus. And since the liberal media doubles as his campaign surrogates, Biden can get away with this deception.
But that is unequivocally a lie. If America was unfortunate enough to have had a President Biden in January, the United States would be in a much worse position and hundreds of thousands more Americans could’ve died from coronavirus.
So it’s time to do what the media refuses to do — correct the record on Joe Biden’s failed coronavirus response.
On January 27th, after the NIH already began working on a coronavirus vaccine and a level III travel health notice urging Americans to avoid all nonessential travel to China due to the coronavirus was issued, Joe Biden published an op-ed in USA Today that failed to warn American how to deal with an imminent pandemic by calling the threat “a possibl[ity].” Instead, Biden chose to attack President Trump on factually incorrect claims.
Thankfully, President Trump recognized the threat coronavirus posed to the health of our nation, and just four days later on January 31st, the Trump Administration:
- Declared the coronavirus a public health emergency;
- Announced Chinese travel restrictions; and
- Suspended entry into the United States for foreign nationals who pose a risk of transmitting the coronavirus.
Joe Biden’s response? Later that day at a campaign town hall in Iowa, Biden said, “This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia – hysterical xenophobia – and fear-mongering to lead the way instead of science.”
Biden repeated that attack on Twitter the very next day. Also on February 1st, at another Iowa town hall, Biden said, “we don’t know exactly where [coronavirus is] going to go yet.” He then went on to once again criticize President Trump’s life-saving travel ban by saying, “Disease has no borders.”
Throughout January and February, Biden held a myriad of campaign events but rarely mentioned coronavirus. When he did discuss the virus, Biden used the time to solely attack President Trump. There were no masks, no social distancing, and no mentions of the Defense Production Act to increase PPE manufacturing. Biden treated everything as business as usual.
Meanwhile, in February alone, President Trump established a coronavirus task force comprised of the nation’s leading scientists, vowed in his State of the Union Address to “take all necessary steps” to protect Americans from the coronavirus, and eliminated red tape to enhance American testing capabilities.
As February passed, America was able to learn more about this new disease. President Trump continued showing unprecedented leadership by instituting a 30-day ban on travel from Europe. Biden responded with a tweet on March 12th saying, “A wall will not stop the coronavirus. Banning all travel from Europe– or any other part of the world– will not stop it.”
Biden took to Twitter again on March 18th to respond to President Trump discussing the China travel ban, saying, “Stop the xenophobic fear-mongering.” Despite the fact Dr. Fauci went the record explaining how these travel restrictions saved lives, Biden opted to ignore science and unleash a political attack.
Based on Biden’s public statements, one can surmise he wouldn’t have taken any serious action on coronavirus until mid-March. Looking at his history of bungled pandemic responses, that assumption should not come at a surprise.
After the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, the Obama-Biden administration “advised states to stop testing for H1N1 flu, and stopped counting individual cases.” On the contrary, President Trump swiftly built the largest coronavirus testing operation in the world.
Additionally, before leaving office, Obama and Biden refused to replenish the Strategic National Stockpile, leaving the country dangerously short on PPE such as N-95 respirator masks at the start of coronavirus. But President Trump’s strong leadership put together a country-wide response to provide front-line workers with much-needed equipment.
Since the world learned about the risk coronavirus posed, President Trump worked diligently and unwearyingly for the American people. He always put their health and safety first, which is more than Joe Biden can say.