Biden Scrambles to Cover Another Gaffe, Appears to Blame Reporters for His Ever-Changing Goal Re: Schools

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There were a lot of troubling points during Joe Biden’s CNN town hall last night.

As we’ve previously reported, Biden made a wild claim about the vaccine “which we didn’t have when we came into office,” a demonstrable falsehood. Fact checkers then tried to spin that he might have meant vaccine doses. But that isn’t what he said and that would have been wrong too, as we explained.

Biden also made a troubling comment when asked what he thought about the situation with the Uighur persecution in China which the Trump Administration had termed “genocide” and fought against. Biden gave a confused jumbled word salad of an answer as my colleague Jen Van Laar explained, including Taiwan and Hong Kong, but stunningly talked about us having to understand that their “cultural norms” were different. What a shameful seeming excuse for the horrible actions that China has been taken against the Uighurs, not to mention their other actions against Hong Kong and Taiwan.

But Anderson Cooper asked him about another area of great concern to Americans, particularly parents with school-aged children: what happened to his promise about having most schools open within 100 days? What does he say about Jen Psaki’s response that that meant most schools open one day a week (which was already happening)?

“Your administration had set a goal to open the majority of schools in your first 100 days,” Cooper said. “You’re now saying that means those schools may only be open for at least one day a week.”

Biden then claimed that isn’t what his team had said.

“No, that’s not true,” he said. “That’s what was reported. That’s not true. That was a mistake in the communication.”

But it’s exactly what Jen Psaki said last week. It wasn’t just “what was reported,” as Biden demonstrably, falsely said.

“His goal that he set is to have the majority of schools — so, more than 50% — open by day 100 of his presidency,” she explained. “And that means some teaching in classrooms. So, at least one day a week. Hopefully it’s more.”

If he’s trying to say that what Psaki said was wrong, then he should just say that rather than trying to blame the reporters for reporting accurately on what she said.

Second, he’s trying to amend what he said which was that his goal was most schools (no qualification) open in the first 100 days (which is to April).

Now he’s doing this “well, what I really meant was” thing. That isn’t what you said or what you led people to believe.

But as we previously reported, this is all gas because most schools are open at least one day a week already and that K-8 are almost at 50% going full time (five days a week) already. None of this due to Biden because public schools are all locally controlled and aren’t controlled by the federal government. So this concept that Biden can actually do anything other than perhaps suggest something to them is silly. It’s continuing to try to impose this top down control thought of “Grandpa Joe’s Fed Government” leading us into the light when that’s just not reality.

HT: Twitchy