The U.S. recently passed the 1 million mark for COVID-19 deaths, a grim milestone recognized with the lowering of flags to half staff around the country. More than 60% of those deaths have come during the bungling tenure of President Joe Biden, who said in a late-October 2020 debate with Donald Trump that the president should be kicked out of the White House because of how many had died from the virus on his watch. Based on his own standard, Biden should be back in his Delaware basement.
When asked at that debate how he’d “lead this country out of this crisis,” Biden responded with his usual “Big Guy” pomposity:
“220,000 Americans dead. You hear nothing else I say tonight, hear this. Anyone who … is responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America.”
About three months later, Biden was inaugurated president. By early November 2021, Biden’s death toll had exceeded 332,000. The total for his 16 months in office is now about 600,000, even though vaccines have been available throughout his term and effective treatments arrived late last year.
Compare these numbers to the Trump presidency, during which 400,000 were killed by COVID in about a year, the majority before vaccines had been rolled out.
Though the Democrats and the press ghoulishly held Trump directly responsible for COVID deaths during his last year in office, we think it’s distasteful, and careless, to blame Biden for lives lost to the virus while he’s been president. There’s only so much a White House can do during a pandemic.
But it’s nevertheless important to point out that Biden not only set a standard that he then should have been required to live by, he also promised the American people that “I will take care of this. I will end this.” It was a lie no one should have believed, a promise impossible to keep.
Of course there are other reasons beyond his COVID death toll that Biden should not, to use his words, “remain as president of the United States of America.”
He and his party set the inflation fire and have no idea how to handle rising prices (hiking taxes on corporations to bring down inflation might qualify as the most idiotic proposal to fight runaway prices ever floated).
Biden has been a divider rather than a uniter, siding with radical elements over everyday Americans trying quietly to live their lives.
The fading Biden, who is little more than a puppet to the somewhat more sentient beings around him, is a threat to national security.
This president has left the southern border open for anyone who wants to do harm to the people of this country but would otherwise be blocked from entry. His abandonment of his obligations to protect the nation’s borders has also created a humanitarian crisis.
Biden displayed weakness and an uncommon ability to continue to be on the wrong side of international affairs with his disastrous Afghanistan surrender.
Our flap-jawed president has made this country more dependent on other nations for its energy needs, and is directly responsible for soaring fuel prices.
And never forget that Biden has given authoritarianism a boost through his willingness to stand behind the most stringent pandemic restrictions on liberty; has done nothing to relink the supply chain that his policies help break; and wants to cancel student loan debt, which is both poor economic policy and an offense committed against those who have faithfully paid off their loans or chose a more difficult path to a college degree by working their way through school.
Has there ever been a president who has done more harm to the country before his term has even reached the 18-month mark? Not in our lifetimes.
Making this tragedy even worse is that his replacement, Vice President Kamala Harris, would be as lousy – and probably worse. It’s an ugly storm, but our only choice is to ride through it and hope the damage isn’t too bad by the time a Republican Congress beginning in January can begin making repairs.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board