Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a primary election night campaign rally Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
One of the things that’s most hypocritical about Joe Biden’s criticism of President Donald Trump’s response to the Wuhan coronavirus is how silent and wrong Biden has been on every turn in regard to the virus.
Brings back memories of how Barack Obama’s Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that Biden was wrong on every foreign policy point in the last forty years. It’s not just about the gaffes with Biden. It’s that he’s constantly wrong about incredibly consequential things.
So here was Biden attacking Trump claiming there may have been fewer deaths if Trump “acted” two weeks earlier.
Donald Trump is not responsible for COVID-19, but he is responsible for our slow, uncoordinated response.
Experts say that if we had acted two weeks earlier, more lives could have been saved.
Trump failed to take swift action—and we're paying the price. https://t.co/nyq6DpLOid
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 17, 2020
So then that means Joe was encouraging social distancing before Trump enacted his “social distancing to flatten the curve” guidelines, right?
Except not so much, as the Washington Examiner’s Byron York pointed out, fact-checking Biden.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) April 20, 2020
Can we point out that Detroit and the surrounding areas of Michigan are a hot spot now? On the other hand, it was a Biden rally, so there probably weren’t all that many people there.
Does everyone remember this infamous lack of social distancing moment on March 10?
The eye level view of Joe Biden telling a Michigan auto worker "You're full of shit" and then shhhing a female staffer is a must watch.pic.twitter.com/gJ0BsP19UE
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) March 10, 2020
All this kind of stuff is Monday morning quarterbacking, as Dr. Fauci pointed out Trump was listening to what the scientists were advising him about the spread of the disease.
This is lazy Monday morning quarterbacking from a guy who was still holding campaign rallies and events 2 weeks earlier.
The experts have consistently said the President adopted strong mitigation the first time they suggested it. pic.twitter.com/T3SH1eWb5Q
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) April 17, 2020
Meanwhile, while Trump was activating the CDC, forming a task force, declaring a public health emergency and cutting travel with China on January 31, Biden did not come out in favor of cutting travel, accusing the president of “hysterical xenophobia” the day after Trump’s action.
We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We need to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) February 1, 2020
Really an embarrassing turn from Biden.
He went from calling the China travel restrictions “hysterical,” “xenophobic,” “fear-mongering” in January to now attacking the President for not blocking *more* people from China.
An entire campaign of Monday Morning Quarterbacking. pic.twitter.com/KKpgheoiph
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) April 19, 2020
Biden was even reluctant to cut travel with Europe, saying he didn’t think that was helpful.
But Dr. Fauci said both travel actions saved lives.
Biden only came out and said he was in favor of the China travel restrictions on April 3.
Imagine how much worse this all would have been had Biden been in charge.
Not only doesn’t Joe have any standing upon which to criticize Trump. But his own actions show his own inability to properly assess the situation or make the right decision.