It’s no secret that Vice President Kamala Harris has a problem with the truth. However, she’s gone so far as to directly contradict National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director and darling of the left, Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Harris repeated an already-debunked lie that President Donald Trump’s administration left no plan for vaccinations and that the Biden administration was “starting from scratch,” Breitbart reported. “There was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations,” she told Mike Allen on “Axios on HBO.”
“We were leaving it to the states and local leaders to try to figure it out,” Harris said of the vaccine rollout. “And so, in many ways we are starting from scratch on something that’s been raging for almost an entire year.”
Despite her insistence that there was no plan, Fauci directly contradicted that narrative and had extolled Trump’s handling of vaccinations in previous remarks. “No, we certainly are not starting from scratch because there is activity going on from the distribution,” he said at a White House press briefing last month,
At first, Axios tweeted a video clip of the interview with the caption juxtaposing Fauci’s words against Harris’ claim. However, the news outlet subsequently removed it without explanation or comment, although it was captured in a screenshot by Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy.
Axios deleted the tweet on the left which pointed out that Kamala’s claim seemed to be contradicted by what Fauci has said, and Axios replaced it with the Kamala tweet on the right which no longer includes the context from Fauci. pic.twitter.com/Wws9XX92Ip
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) February 15, 2021
Harris ignored Fauci’s previous claims as well as the facts on the ground available before President Donald Trump had even left office. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data that mainstream news outlets shared at the time, the government was administering nearly 1 million doses per day as of Jan. 14.
Still, Harris repeated the lie in her interview to excuse President Joe Biden and his administration’s continued floundering during the first month in office. Although Biden has been busy signing nearly 50 executive actions since he took office, most of it was undoing the Trump legacy rather than making good on his promise to handle COVID-19 better than his predecessor.
Spewing falsehoods and throwing Fauci under the bus is simply a continuation of the strategy that ushered Harris and Biden into the White House in the first place. The pair were not particularly popular in politics, but they talked the talk when it came to bashing Trump on his handling of the pandemic. Now that they’re the ones responsible, they have no weapons in their arsenal except continued lies.