The COVID-19 pandemic has been terrible for the nation. But it has been very, very good to President Joe Biden. It won him the presidency. It opened the door to massive liberal spending plans. It is propping up his approval ratings. No wonder he continues to play up the risks, and why he’s never going to claim victory … until it serves his political purposes.
Last week, Biden was on a video chat with other world leaders to talk about the so-called climate crisis. On the call were the heads of Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Russia, and many others.
Not one of them was wearing a mask. And why would they? They are on a video call. We are not experts on infectious disease, but one thing we do know for sure is that only computer viruses can be transmitted over the internet.
But in a screenshot circulating the web (see the image above), Biden is the only one donning a mask. Why? Biden has already been inoculated against the disease. He has repeatedly bragged about how – unlike President Donald Trump – he would heed “the science.” Biden kept promising his first order of business would be ending the pandemic.
The White House hasn’t offered an explanation. But we’d surmise that the reason is that Biden wants to instill continued fear in the public. All along he’s been a doomsayer about the disease. He continues to warn against new threats. Insists on wearing a mask anytime he’s in public.
Is there any scientific justification for this? Of course not.
Remember it was Biden who attacked the Texas and Mississippi governors when they lifted their mask mandates and reopened their economies. Biden said it was “a big mistake,” and called it “Neanderthal thinking.”
“The last thing – the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that, in the meantime, everything is fine, take off your mask,” he said.
That was on March 3.
And what has been the result of Texas and Mississippi’s “big mistake”? Take a look at the data.
On the day Biden made his cutting remark, the seven-day moving average for new cases in Texas was 24.8 per 100,000 residents. In Mississippi, it was 15.4 per 100,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracker.
At the end of last week, Texas’ new case rate had dropped below 10 per 100,000. In Mississippi, it was below six.
And what about states such as Michigan, with its dictator-in-training governor? Its seven-day average of new cases spiked from 14 per 100,000 on March 4 to nearly 56 per 100,000 last week. In Delaware, which ranks as the second most restrictive state in the nation, according to Wallethub, new cases went from 27 per 100,000 to 33 over those same weeks.
CDC data show that the seven states with the most new cases over the past week are all run by leftist politicians, who have kept more restrictions in place: Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maine.
Why isn’t Biden apologizing to the Texas and Mississippi governors? Why isn’t he encouraging states to re-evaluate their restrictions? Why isn’t he setting the model of hope by ditching his mask? Not because of science.
As Ed Morrissey of Hot Air put it, Biden’s constant mask-wearing “is a complete affectation, and it’s a counterproductive affectation at that” because, Morrissey notes, it “contributes to mitigation exhaustion (and) disincentivizes vaccine uptake.”
The latter looks to be true, given that vaccination rates have plunged recently. The Centers for Disease Control reports that only 255,000 received shots on Saturday, down from 975,000 the week before, even though less than a third of the population is fully vaccinated.
So, when will Biden declare victory against COVID? Not until it serves his political interests. When he needs a lift in the polls – shortly before the 2022 midterms, for example – expect him to suddenly announce that he’s won the war against the pandemic.
The press will dutifully repeat the farce. Biden’s poll numbers will rise, and the prospects for Democratic election wins increased.
Here’s our prediction. The only science behind Biden’s COVID victory celebration will be political science – that is, the science of manipulating voters.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board