In a continuation of apparent efforts by the White House to deflect blame for the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 crisis, President Joe Biden was caught on video seeming to smile and disregard a reporter’s question about whether he bears any responsibility for the virus-related death toll exceeding 800,000 this week, as the Washington Examiner reports.
The exchange occurred when Biden was heading out of D.C. to visit tornado-ravaged parts of Kentucky and a reporter remarked, “800,000 coronavirus deaths – do you have a statement on your responsibility?”
That pointed question was quickly followed by an inquiry as to why Biden had not “asked China to do more, to be transparent on the origins” of the pandemic. WATCH:
It is not surprising that Biden has no interest in confronting the fact that there have now been more coronavirus deaths in the United States during his first 10 months in the Oval Office than in the final 12 months of former President Donald Trump’s tenure – a time period when vaccines were unavailable to the nation’s citizenry, something even the New York Times had no choice but to admit.
Acknowledging that reality would shine a bright light on the standard Biden himself set with regard to the management of the pandemic during the waning weeks of the 2020 presidential campaign.
“Anyone who’s responsible for that many [COVID-19] deaths…should not remain as president,” Biden opined last fall, when the tally of virus-related deaths stood at approximately 220,000, as the Wall Street Journal recently noted.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki was reminded of her boss’s words when Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy asked if the commander in chief’s prior assertion is “still the standard now that more Americans have died under President Biden than President Trump,” though she predictably – and falsely – blamed the latter for “suggesting people inject bleach” and for facilitating “misinformation” as the pandemic gained steam.
Whether it is entirely fair to lay the blame for COVID-19 fatalities at the feet of the nation’s chief executive is perhaps a topic ripe for debate, but given Biden’s previous willingness to do so when Trump occupied the top job, he owes the nation rather more than a smirk and a shrug when asked to explain the losses that continue to mount.