Before President Joe Biden took office, he blamed then-President Donald Trump for coronavirus deaths. Now that the number is significantly higher, will Biden hold himself to that standard?
The coronavirus death toll in the U.S. has surpassed 1 million, the BBC reported. By his own standard — when Trump was in office and the death toll was only nearly one-fifth of that — Biden should now resign.
“220,000 deaths,” Biden pointed out on Oct. 23, 2020. “If you hear nothing else I say tonight, hear this: Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain President of the United States.”
If you hear nothing else I say tonight, hear this: Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain President of the United States.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 23, 2020
The current death toll is reportedly the highest in the world, though the World Health Organization adds the caveat that other nations may not be reliably reporting their numbers. Still, this is a significant portion of America’s 330 million population.
“One million Covid deaths, one million empty chairs around the family dinner table, each irreplaceable losses,” President Biden said Thursday in a statement broadcast on television. “Our heart goes out to all those who are struggling, asking themselves, how do we go on without him, how do we go on without her?”
The majority of these deaths have occurred with Biden as the sitting president and even as effective vaccines have been made available to all citizens. Experts blame the population’s unhealthiness, including increasingly obese and older people with the comorbidities that come along with that.
However, those conditions existed under Trump the same as they do under Biden. Perhaps the president should tender his resignation immediately, considering his strong sentiments expressed during the 2020 presidential campaign.
Of course, that won’t happen because Biden and the Democrats only cared about the death count to the extent that they were able to blame it all on Trump. Biden will send his condolences, but like the other tragedies and problems he’s overseeing, will do nothing substantive about it.