Joe Biden got in a lot of trouble for his disastrous “60 Minutes” interview with Scott Pelley.
Even though it was probably one of the most softball interviews that you’re ever going to see on “60 Minutes,” Biden still stepped into trouble with his remarks. The White House immediately had to walk back his remarks about Taiwan — that U.S. troops would be deployed if China attacked the island nation.
But among the other remarks that got him in trouble was his declaration that “the pandemic is over.”
That infuriated some of the people on the left for whom masking and being locked down has become a religion that they can’t let go of. It got a lot of eyes from those on the right as well because if the pandemic is over, then what’s the legal justification for any of the mandates, not to mention the enormous student loan bailout that is being foisted upon the American taxpayers? Biden was using the “emergency” as a justification for that.
Now the White House is walking back that claim. An administration official told CNN that Biden’s comments “do not mark a change in policy toward the administration’s handling of the virus, and there are no plans to lift the Public Health Emergency.” The emergency is still declared through Oct. 13.
Other officials like Surgeon General Vivek Murthy contradicted Biden. He tried to claim that Biden meant they’d made tremendous “progress.”
"Surgeon General" @vivek_murthy contradicts Biden, says the pandemic is not over: "We’re losing about 400 people a day on average to this virus. We need to get that number lower. We have people who are struggling with long Covid." pic.twitter.com/VJY6PbcxjX
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 20, 2022
Um, we heard what he said, that’s not it.
The powers that be wouldn’t let Biden declare it over. It says everything about who is in charge and it isn’t Biden, as many people noted on Twitter.
He is not in charge. pic.twitter.com/XWzIhpjEIx
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) September 19, 2022
“He is not in charge,” tweeted The Spectator contributing editor Stephen Miller, who also shared an image of the CNN headline that read, “White House says Covid-19 policy unchanged despite Biden’s comments that the ‘pandemic is over.’”
In subsequent tweets, Miller added, “It wasn’t a gaffe. It wasn’t a slip. He said it pretty definitely twice. In the same interview he dared anyone who questioned his mental fitness. Here’s the example. Right here.”
“Biden reportedly complains that he looks weak. This is why. His own administration undercuts him every time he opens his mouth,” he wrote, and then asked, “Is he in charge or not?” [….]
“Like clockwork. Biden’s handlers are out in force,” commented Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. [….]
“Hint: it will never be ‘over.’ they gained too much from lockdowns, mandates, and wealth transfer. They permanently reorganized the country over a virus. You think they would give that up voluntarily? It’s not going away,” tweeted conservative commentator Logan Hall.
Radio host Derek Hunter mocked Biden, writing, “Didn’t Joe say something about just watch him when asked whether or not he has the mental abilities to be President? One interview, at least two walk-backs by staff (so far). #WatchMe”
Abigail Marone, the press secretary for Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., asked, “Who exactly is running the country here?”
So who is in charge here if something he says in such a definitive way has to be walked back? This throws him under the bus big time.
In addition to not being in charge, it once again shows that Biden can’t even keep straight what he’s supposed to be saying as the front man.