During one of his presidential debates last year when about 220,000 people had died from COVID-19, Joe Biden said that “anyone who’s responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America.” So should Joe be looking for another job, now that more than 100,000 have died in just the two months that he’s been president?
Biden said, after all, that he had a plan on “day one” as president to tackle the disease. He was going to move “heaven and earth” to save lives, etc., etc. But since Jan. 20, there have been 105,334 deaths attributed to the coronavirus as of Saturday, according to the COVID Tracking Project. That means that one-fifth of all the COVID-19 deaths have occurred just since Biden took office.
Now Biden is busy casting blame for why the disease continues to claim lives, while repeatedly lying about what he inherited from President Donald Trump in order to make his own efforts seem more heroic.
On Thursday, Biden again claimed that he inherited no vaccination plan when he came into office.
“Were moving in the right direction,” he said, “despite the mess we inherited from the previous administration, which left us with no real plan to vaccinate all Americans.”
It’s been a constant refrain of his administration.
Vice President Kamala Harris said in mid-February that “there was no national strategy, or plan, for vaccinations … and so, in many ways, we are starting from scratch on something that’s been raging for almost an entire year.”
What they all fail to mention is that while Trump supposedly had no vaccination plan, daily vaccinations were already above 1 million – candidate Biden’s stated goal – when Biden and Harris were sworn in.
What’s more, Biden has utterly failed to live up to his promise to dramatically ramp up vaccine distribution.
In fact, the daily vaccine rate is basically where it was when he took office. On inauguration day, 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered, according to Bloomberg’s vaccine tracker. The daily average number of doses administered over the past week was – 1.6 million.
Why Biden is disparaging Trump should be obvious.
First, he knows the Trump-hating media won’t check his facts. They are happy to swallow Biden’s lie that Trump was responsible for every COVID-19 death that happened on his watch. They were happy to repeat his lie that he had a plan that would be far superior – when it mostly just promised to do things that the Trump administration was already doing. They’ve been eager to believe that Trump’s vaccination effort was, as Biden put it, “a dismal failure so far.”
Second, by making it seem as though he was starting from scratch in the fight against the virus, Biden hopes to claim all the credit when the disease makes its inevitable decline.
It’s smart politics, maybe. But it sure isn’t the “no malarky” Biden promised.
So here are the facts about COVID-19 you won’t get from Biden or the press.
- The number of daily new cases has been falling since the first week of January.
- The number of daily deaths peaked on Jan. 12.
- The rolling average of daily vaccinations was already at 1.3 million when Biden was still unpacking his belongings at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
In other words, Biden deserves none of the credit for the gains we’ve made against COVID-19 since he took office. But if he wants to blame Trump for every virus death that happened before Jan. 20, he should take the blame for every one that’s happened since.
Editor’s note: We goofed on the address of the White House in the original version of this editorial. It’s been corrected.