Throughout the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus pandemic (and yes, I will continue reminding everyone where it came from), Democrats and the media blamed President Trump for every new case and every death attributed to the virus. He was personally responsible because he “didn’t listen to the scientists” (even though the scientists repeatedly contradicted their own advice.) They never explained how it could be spreading and killing people even worse in nations where Trump wasn’t President; they simply blamed him, not the fact that just like every other very contagious and deadly virus in history, it was bound to spread and kill people.
His political rival Joe Biden was especially harsh in heaping blame on Trump, even dehumanizing him by claiming he didn’t care that people died. He and his supporters mocked Trump for saying that a vaccine would be available before the end of 2020 (when it was, Biden and Kamala Harris were among the first to get it, and never thanked Trump or admitted they were wrong.) Biden insisted, despite his previous record of slow-footed failure with the swine flu pandemic, that he could have stopped the virus; that Trump had no plan, but he had a comprehensive action plan to “crush” the virus. He promised that with him in office, Americans would soon be able to go back to the movies or out to dinner with friends.
Well, voters took him at his word. So where’s that plan to crush the virus?
Er, about that…Turns out there is no plan, other than continuing to do pretty much what Trump was already doing. This is another perfect example of my prediction that his biggest obstacle would not be Republicans, but reality. Reality: viruses don’t give a fig about your campaign promises. They just keep on virusing until they’re killed off by herd immunity or vaccines.
Friday, in a staggering flip-flop, now-President Biden finally admitted, “There is nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months."
That’s reality. His supporters are throwing out the usual feeble excuse: “Trump messed things up so badly that it will take Biden a long time to turn things around!” But that’s not what Biden said, was it? He told you he had a comprehensive plan to crush the virus, and soon. That was a lie. He did not have such a plan. Because – reality again – nobody has. Here’s that late-breaking nod to reality summed up in six words: “Before Election Day/After Election Day.”
It would also have been reality for Biden to have made that exact same statement at any time in 2020, but it wouldn’t have helped him win the election. Most Americans took as many precautions as they could, short of hiding out in their basements 24/7 (not everyone can be Joe Biden), many lost their jobs and businesses in endlessly shut-down blue states, but still, the virus spread like…well, like a virus.
Studies found no discernible difference between virus spread in shut-down and non-shutdown areas. Trump created an unprecedented public-private partnership to develop the vaccine in record time, but that still takes time. There is no “Dr. Biden’s Magic Bullet” to eliminate the coronavirus. But there are now multiple vaccines in use and on the way.
Will Biden ever acknowledge reality completely and thank Donald Trump for that?