If former Vice President Joe Biden formally takes over the White House in January, news media outlets around the country are likely in for a wildly different scene, as Biden consistently appears to not prefer many questions during press conferences, unlike President Donald Trump.
According to the Daily Wire, the latest incident in which Biden made clear he wasn’t interested in answering tough questions happened Friday, when he exploded at CBS’s Bo Erickson after being asked “if he will encourage teacher unions to cooperate to get kids back in school because the COVID task force said it is safe to be in the classroom.”
Biden not only refused to respond to the otherwise extremely important and curious question, but also snapped back at Erickson by saying, “Why are you the only guy that always shouts out questions?”
Erickson posted a video of the encounter on his Twitter account, which you can watch below:
Asked Biden if he will encourage teacher unions to cooperate to get kids back in school because the COVID task force said it is safe to be in the classroom. He didn’t answer.
“Why are you the only guy that always shouts out questions?” he said. pic.twitter.com/x2DsG5Fmgo
— Bo Erickson CBS (@BoKnowsNews) November 20, 2020
The question from Erickson was, in fact, one of importance — arguably one of the most important matters surrounding the increased lockdowns involves the continued closure of schools, which studies have shown are some of the safer gathering places in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a recent Washington Post piece, Brown University economics professor, Emily Oster, wrote that “in-person schooling does not appear to increase the risk of Covid-19 transmission for staff and students,” which was data from New York — a state with one of the highest COVID-19 caseloads in the country.
Teachers’ unions have politicized the matter, siding with Democrats in refusing to encourage schools to reopen, even though emerging data shows that it’s extremely safe to do so. Instead, parents are left with surprise shutdowns, reopenings, and shutdowns again, causing great financial and emotional hardships as parents have to take time off to become in-home teachers.
Instead of tackling the matter head-on and using available data, it appears as if Biden has no interest in ticking off the unions. In other words, he’s putting politics well above the safety and overall well being of American schoolchildren and the easiest way to do that, apparently, is by refusing to answer the tough questions.