Biden Politicizes Coronavirus Outbreak

2020 March 12
by bc3b

That didn’t take long.

Slow Joe Biden, the man who has difficulty remembering his own name, was quick to politicize Coronavirus, criticizing the President and offering his own plan. Biden also said he always tells the truth (like being arrested in South Africa for attempting to see Nelson Mandela and being a teaching professor at Penn).

Joe Biden tore into President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, accusing him of xenophobia, dishonesty, and mismanaging testing for the virus.

“This virus laid bare the severe shortcomings of the current administration. Public fears are being compounded by a pervasive lack of trust in this president, fueled by adversarial relationship with the truth,” the former vice president said in an address on Thursday. He suggested that Trump is hiding the “true number of infections in hope of protecting political interests or the stock market.”

The Democratic presidential front-runner’s address came the day after Trump addressed the nation from the Oval Office about the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday night and announced a 30-day travel restriction from Europe.

Biden criticized Trump for calling the virus, which originated in China, a “foreign virus.”

“Neither should we panic or fall back on xenophobia. Labeling COVID-19 a ‘foreign virus’ does not displace accountability for the misjudgments that have been taken, thus far, by the Trump administration,” Biden said. “Let me be crystal clear, the coronavirus does not have a political affiliation. It will not discriminate on national origin, race, or ZIP code. It will touch people in positions of power and the most vulnerable.”

Biden’s campaign debuted a public plan to combat coronavirus, which called on the White House to provide a daily report of completed coronavirus tests, establish at least 10 mobile testing sites in each state, and increase coordination between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private labs, among other actions. He called for anyone needing a coronavirus test to receive one at no charge, and when available, a vaccine for the virus should also be free of charge. Lack of a national paid sick leave policy is a “national disgrace,” he added.

“President Trump is welcome to adopt all of it today,” Biden said of his plan.

“By next week, the number of tests should be in the millions, not the thousands,” Biden said. “The administration’s failure on testing is colossal, and it’s a failure of leadership, planning, and execution.”

Biden ended with a campaign promise to be better prepared for a health crisis should he win the White House.

“No president can promise to prevent future outbreaks, but I can promise you this: When I’m president, we will be better prepared, respond better, and recover better. We will lead with science,” he said. “I’ll always tell you the truth.”

In response to Biden’s address, the Trump campaign shot back at Biden’s past handling of a public health crisis.“In the past, Joe Biden has shown terrible judgment and incompetence in the face of public health issues. The Obama White House had to publicly apologize for and clean up after Biden when his irresponsible remarks caused panic during the swine flu outbreak in 2009,” said Tim Murtaugh, Trump 2020 communications director. “Just weeks ago, he was openly critical of President Trump’s early move to restrict travel from China to the United States in response to the coronavirus — a decision which medical experts agree helped impede the spread of the virus to this country.”

Speaking of xenophobia: Can you say Dunkin’ Donuts? Slow Joe can (at least he could 12 years ago).

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Hat tip: Washington Examiner

37 Responses leave one →
  1. 2020 March 12 5:51 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    I can’t wait for Trump to get Slow Joe on the debate stage (neither can the President).

  2. 2020 March 12 6:26 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    To paraphrase Forrest Gump — Slo Joe is, as Slo Joe does.

    I wonder if Joe would think it fine to bring people across the border with the Bubonic Plague?

  3. 2020 March 12 6:39 pm
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    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/disease/the-cyclical-nature-of-disease/

    “I have provided the percent of the population being affected has not even reached 1/10th of one percent. When we look at this Coronavirus scare, it does not even compare to all the deaths taking place every single day from a host of other diseases nobody bothers to ever mention.

    This really makes me wonder just who is orchestrating this panic and is the purpose really to expand government powers?”

  4. 2020 March 12 6:40 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

  5. 2020 March 12 7:16 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    3,

    Consider, more Americans die from auto accident than any other traumatic cause.

    Sooooo. My query is this — how many beds are consumed in the ‘near miss’ associated with auto accidents? Second query, if a significant part of the population is told to stop commuting how many beds are released for use?

    Just another second order effects musing.

  6. 2020 March 12 7:19 pm
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    I like to say I’m surprised, but I’m not in the least.

    3 – I’ll say this, I’m glad he’s reminding people the difference between what a pandemic is vs epidemic is. That whole WHO bond thing which Dr.Dogs mentioned here before is mind boggling that such even existed, but I guess people are willing to bet on just about anything.

  7. 2020 March 12 7:23 pm
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    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “Based on the Austin, Texas, precedent, any mayor of any town in America can right now declare a state of emergency, cancel events, shut malls, and close parks. Who is to stop them from shuttering stores, restaurants, schools, and churches, and quarantining whole neighborhoods?

    For this reason, we have every reason to be concerned.

    Are we really ready to imprison the world, wreck financial markets, destroy countless jobs, and massively disrupt life as we know it, all to forestall some uncertain fate, even as medical professionals do know the right way to deal with respiratory illness in general from a medical point of view? It’s at least worth debating.”

    https://personalliberty.com/why-this-draconian-response-to-covid-19/

  8. 2020 March 12 8:58 pm
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    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    This guy Paul Joseph Watson, a conservative Brit, has the most sensible video I have seen on this Cornabeer virus thing:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqhJmsZC_a4#action=share

    Funny as heck too – good humor is based on truth and his video has a lot of it too!

    Recommend you pass the video on to all you can….

  9. 2020 March 12 9:33 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    It’s hardly worth noting, since the Dem position(s) are flimsy and constantly changing.

    When you’ve lost MSNBC …
    MSNBC’s Joy Reid hits Dems for including abortion in emergency spending bill: ‘What does that have to do with COVID-19?’
    https://www.foxnews.com/media/msnbc-joy-reid-abortion-coronavirus

    TO AVOID COVID-19 AND OTHER ILLNESSES, DON’T USE “SUSTAINABLE” GROCERY BAGS: Greening Our Way to Infection. The campaign to eliminate single-use plastic bags at the supermarket could prove deadly during the coronavirus outbreak. It has forced shoppers to switch to reusable tote bags that have proved quite “sustainable” for viruses and bacteria from food. The pathogens can linger for days — and then be spread all over the supermarket, especially at the checkout counter. Researchers have repeatedly demonstrated that the pathogens in the bags are a serious public-health hazard unless grocery shoppers wash the bags regularly, which few people do.
    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/covid-and-plastic-bags/

    I mean really, how can the Babylon Bee keep up? The actual reality can hardly be surpassed.
    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/361238/
    Joe Biden Blasts Trump’s Coronavirus Response, Then Plagiarizes Trump’s Plan

  10. 2020 March 12 9:50 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Wylie, yes that’s a keeper.
    I posted the link at JustOneMinute and TheNewNeo blogs.

  11. 2020 March 13 6:51 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Wylie,

    Excellent link. Watson pretty much nails it.

    I know one thing for certain out of all this — Being a Prepper and being minimally prepared will not be regarded with derision going forward. Seeing the empty shelves on the TV brought back memories of the Cuban Missile Crisis of my youth.

  12. 2020 March 13 6:58 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    “Chi-Coms Threaten to Cut Off U.S. Medicine, Plunge America Into ‘Mighty Sea of Coronavirus’”
    – LD lede

    Gee having a reasonable industrial policy might be something to think about eh?!

  13. 2020 March 13 7:29 am
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    bc3b permalink

    You always have to take a “glass is half full” approach. The Detroit Tigers will be undefeated through mid-April, perhaps through April for the first time in team history.

  14. 2020 March 13 7:37 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    There’s a surplus of memes this week so Steve Hayward decided to flush out the “toilet paper” category early so there’d be room on Saturday
    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/03/the-great-toilet-paper-pandemic-of-2020-and-twip-preview.php

  15. 2020 March 13 7:42 am
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    “Bolsonaro’s first test was positive for COVID-19, a second more reliable test has been done, results of second test due later today.”

    Looks like Trump now needs to be tested.

    12 – That’s racist talk!!! Slow Joe and Bernie unavailable for comment.

  16. 2020 March 13 7:45 am
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    15 – Damn those are funny.

  17. 2020 March 13 8:59 am
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    FBN: Bolsonaro’s son says second test was negative.

  18. 2020 March 13 10:07 am
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  19. 2020 March 13 10:42 am
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    DR. DOG ??????

  20. 2020 March 13 11:11 am
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  21. 2020 March 13 12:40 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Many companies are requesting work-from-home of their employees.
    Local schools announced a 3 week shutdown today.

    People be stupid. I stand with 22

  22. 2020 March 13 12:44 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    JimNorCal #23 –

    The school district where my wife and daughter work was closed yesterday and today with the staff reporting for training.

  23. 2020 March 13 12:51 pm
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    bc3b permalink

  24. 2020 March 13 1:51 pm
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    Hey EPH~~~~~~~

    DJIA 23,185.62~~~+1,985.00~~~9.36% up

  25. 2020 March 13 3:13 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    21,

    Yep! That’s me, laughing at all those dolts that thought I was wasting my time canning and prepping. Wife reports that at least in the Arlington Tx area you could probably sell TP @ $5 a roll. That is how freaked some people are.

    College wherein I teach has extended Spring Break till March 30. I pointed out to the provost that an extra 2 weeks is insufficient. Incubation period is at least that long so students coming back at the end of the month would be the prime exposure time as they all pop positive. Ought to dial up some friends and see if the east coast FLA is a ghost town or not.

    Going by the store tomorrow for a propane exchange.

  26. 2020 March 13 3:21 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    My God! Best TWIP ever!

    On a more positive note, I did receive a fresh phone book Wednesday. And I wait with anticipation next weeks coupon news paper circular! Now where did I put that drill …..?

  27. 2020 March 13 3:27 pm
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    That hour long presser (short of the first 2 minutes where frankly I wasn’t sure if that was Trump or Biden), went really, really well I thought. Looked cohesive and in command, which is almost more important than pulling off everything they talked about in the exact time frame they talked about. Perception being the mfer that it is.

  28. 2020 March 13 3:29 pm
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    26 – Much needed psychology wise, thank god because still down -14% I think for the week.

  29. 2020 March 13 3:42 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Holy Cow, Microsoft has some mega update for Windows 10.
    It’s been an hour so far on my laptop, downloading updating and rebooting.

    At 26% … “Don’t turn off your PC. This will take a while.”
    Yeah, no joke …

  30. 2020 March 13 4:23 pm
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  31. 2020 March 13 5:03 pm
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  32. 2020 March 13 10:04 pm
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    35 ?? What am I noting? That inbound flights from EU other than cargo are next are non-existent?

  33. 2020 March 14 6:07 am
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    yepper that be the deal

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