Biden Calls Trump a Xenophobe, Regards the Administration’s Coronavirus Response as a “Colossal Failure”
Despite the President’s Oval Office speech in he which asked Americans to put partisanship aside and to unite “as a family,” presidential hopeful Joe Biden still used the outbreak as a chance to declare that the administration’s coronavirus response was a “colossal failure.”
In his speech, Biden made a reference to the leftist allegations that the president had been manufacturing false facts. “We will lead by science. The world health organization now has officially declared Covid-19 a pandemic,” Biden said. He continued to say that “Downplaying it, being overly dismissive or spreading misinformation is only going to hurt us and further advantage the spread of the disease.”
Hypocritically, he jabbed at the president, labeling him as racist and banking on collective fear as well as spreading “xenophobia.” He went on to lament about Trump’s statement, in which the president identified that the outbreak was caused by a “foreign virus.” He also stated that the government is using it as an excuse to dodge accountability and misjudgments. But in fact, the virus really did originate from Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province.
Then again, “Sleepy Joe” went on to echo the same sentiment that Trump had, to abandon blame and partisanship. He went on to say that the virus will affect anyone from either side of the political spectrum, stating that the virus does not “have a political affiliation.” He also continued to say that it can affect people from all walks of life, regardless of status or nationality.
The former vice president also announced that the virus will continue to spread, given the administration’s slow response. He further claimed that it does not discriminate whether one is holding the position of power or coming from underprivileged communities. Biden also criticized Trump’s 30-day travel ban on Europe, telling the crowd that it can slow it down, but it cannot solve the pandemic.
Finally, after his lengthy speech, Biden concluded that “the administration’s failure on testing is colossal.” He cited that it remained ineffective in terms of either planning, leadership, and execution. He argued to push the overworked government to test not just thousands, but millions of Americans.
In a column for the Independent, writer Andrew Feinberg declared, “Biden became the president today,” citing that even loyal Trump supporters have already shifted and left the Republican party over the administration’s failed response.
Biden gave the speech as a part of his proposal to establish a “Public Health Advisory Committee,” which would help combat deadly viruses. The virus had also affected his political campaign, as both “Sleepy Joe” and democratic socialist Bernie Sanders had to cancel their Tuesday rallies in Cleveland.