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It’s Official: Biden Now Leads Trump In The COVID Death Count

According to the latest numbers from the CDC, more Americans have died with COVID since President Joe Biden took office than did in the year before under Donald Trump.

CDC data show that, as of January 17, there have been a total of 850,575 deaths in the U.S. related to COVID. On Trump’s last day in office, that number was 424,409. That means 426,166 COVID deaths have occurred — so far — since Biden took office, with the number currently trending well above a thousand a day.

This is a stunning rebuke not just of Biden, but of everyone who went around blaming Trump for every single COVID death that occurred on his watch.

Biden and others repeatedly insisted that if Trump had only done things such as accelerated testing and contract tracing, responded faster to the pandemic, pushed mask mandates, the country would have avoided the calamities of 2020.

Yet, despite Biden’s solemn pledge that he had a plan ready to go that would fix those errors and bring “an end to COVID,” none of it worked. The virus has spread further and faster than ever since Biden put his “plan” into effect.

Biden himself now claims he was caught off guard by the new more transmittable variants – which in itself is a horrible admission of failure, given his claim that fighting COVID would be his top priority. More recently he even switched gears to say that the federal government can’t be expected to solve this problem.

Biden’s failure is even more glaring when you realize that he had benefits Trump lacked: Three vaccines had been approved when Biden took office, there were more and better treatments available, and the new strains have proved less lethal than the original virus.

Biden is also guilty of overselling the efficacy of vaccines and mask mandates, neither of which has slowed the spread of the disease. In fact, there were 1.4 million new reported cases in one day this month, which was more than six times the peak last winter. 

In many ways, Biden’s “plan” made things worse. He recklessly wasted time with divisive — and illegal — vaccine mandates that did little to accelerate the rate of inoculations. He butted the government into the delivery of new treatments, which created needless bottlenecks. He failed to address regulatory hurdles at the FDA that kept additional tests off the market.

What’s more, by stoking panic for more than a year and focusing only on vaccines and mask mandates, instead of promoting available treatments, Biden has been unable to bring calm to the country, even though the Omicron variant is far less lethal. The result has been massive and needless disruptions.

Meanwhile, Biden’s $2 trillion “rescue” plan has fueled economic turmoil, discouraging work when the economy needed people back at their jobs and igniting inflation. (That’s to say nothing of the massive waste. One example: schools took the billions he handed out to “safely reopen” and closed their doors again as soon as they could find an excuse.)

To be clear, we didn’t blame Trump for the COVID deaths that happened on his watch, and we don’t blame Biden for the deaths over the past year. (Even though by Biden’s own standard he is to blame for every single one of them.) We still believe the number of deaths is being exaggerated because anyone who dies with COVID is lumped in with those who died from COVID.

We do, however, blame Biden for the fact that his “plan” to deal with COVID has been worse than useless. Biden’s utter ineptitude has made the country weaker and more vulnerable as a result.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

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9 comments

  • We can thank the right wing lunatics for many many of those deaths – Jimmy DeYoung, Marcus Lamb, and many more. These people saw resisting a vaccine, developed under the Administration of their hero, as a way to demonstrate fealty to him. Now we see trump telling us that he has gotten the vaccine and advocating for people to get it – after joking about it for months. A lot of the distrust was due to the irresponsible things that trump or his cult said, there are many Americans that would be alive today if they had NOT listened to trump.

    • That might be the most biased, uninformed, idiotic post I’ve seen all day. I could write a book responding to it, but its not worth the effort.

    • Have you always been so uninformed? The covid numbers are a lie and the ones dying right now are taking the vax which is not a vax- it is gene therapy. The CEO of Bayer admitted to this, so wake up and stop being part of the mindless left.

  • We can thank the right wing lunatics for many many of those deaths – Jimmy DeYoung, Marcus Lamb, and many more. They passed on lies about the vaccine until they died of COVID. These people saw resisting a vaccine, developed under the Administration of their hero, as a way to demonstrate fealty to him. Now we see trump telling us that he has gotten the vaccine and advocating for people to get it – after “joking” about it for months. A lot of the distrust was due to the irresponsible things that trump or his cult said, there are many Americans that would be alive today if they had NOT listened to trump.

    • The type of partisan hysteria of which you accuse conservatives. As more data is prised from the CDC, WHO, etc. deaths from Covid are being reassessed, evidencing that most had co- morbidities which were not taken into account. On the other hand 11,000 died from Covid after being fully vaccinated. And deaths, usually from cardiac complications, among 15-19 year olds, previously fit, rose 53 %, also after vaccination. Thalidomide, while never CDA approved, was never the less widely sold as “deemed safe “. We all know the result of that. No drug or vaccine is completely safe. The present vaccines do not give immunity, they ameliorate the effects. Those who oppose this vaccine regime are a) distrustful of a President who recommends it, yet is notorious for lying, and is too demented to know his own name half the time.b) believe in free choice, not the type of force and coercion advocated by Austria.Whether POTUS 45 is for or against is irrelevant.
      NB. In September 2020, Cuomo, Harris, Pelosi et al, were raving about the speed at which the vaccines were rolled out. Cuomo advised NYers NOT to be vaccinated, at the height of the hysteria. Only 24 % of Democrats were willing to be vaccinated. Now the sheep are following the Judas goat.
      The whole Covid-19 fiasco has been politicised from day one. If you wish to be ovine, feel free. The rest of us will research the pros and cons and decide for ourselves, without fascist tactics for compliance.

  • With the voting public just about split in allegiance between Democrats and Republicans, it is inevitable that harsh criticism will fall on any president. What makes criticism of Joe Biden’s performance even more blatant is the fact that he campaigned as a centrist but acted from day one as a far left clone of the Sanders-Warren-Squad radicals, thus betraying truth by operating a bait-and-switch political sleight of tongue. Opening the Overton Window in a far left direction when majority polity is opposed, and doing so with throttlebottoms as president and vice president, was bound to find America at this sorry pass. There is nothing for it but to respond against this flailing administration with clear-eyed vision, energy and truth, and turn out the vote from dogcatcher to highfalutin charlatans in the Capitol.

  • Why are you pushing the fake numbers of deaths? COVID is a lie and always has been- no mass death tolls. The only thing killing people now is the Jab, which does fall under Biden.

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