Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden has announced that if it were up to him to decide whether to shut down the nation again over COVID-19, he’d “listen to the scientists” — apparently disregarding the potential economic consequences.
According to the Daily Caller, Biden’s comments came during a recent appearance by the former vice president and his running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris (D), on ABC News.
“I would be prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives, because we cannot get the country moving until we control the virus,” Biden told host David Muir, according to the Daily Caller. “That is the fundamental flaw of this administration’s thinking to begin with.”
Biden went on: “In order to keep the country running and moving and the economy growing and people employed, you have to fix the virus, you have to deal with the virus.”
“Shut it down”
According to the Daily Caller, Muir pressed Biden on exactly how far he’d go. “So if the scientists say ‘shut it down?’” the ABC host asked.
“I would shut it down,” Biden replied, according to the Daily Caller. “I would listen to the scientists.”
The bottom line
It remains to be seen whether another nationwide shutdown would be necessary — or even legal. Previous lockdowns and business closures were enacted at the state level, which was far more practical than a heavy-handed federal approach.
But Biden is a Democrat, and if there’s one thing Dems love, it’s power. Those on the left have proven time and time again that they’ll put their agenda ahead of the needs of Americans, and the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t changed that fact.
Never mind that the likes of Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx have said even voting can be done in-person this fall, and that cases of COVID-19 have been declining across the country, as the Wall Street Journal reports; Biden has made clear that a shutdown is still on the table.
If former VP does win against President Donald Trump in November, one can only hope he’ll have more than just scientists in his ear. If he makes a rash decision, Americans could be facing the economic blowback for decades to come.