Bongino slams Biden for hypocrisy on new COVID travel bans

Within literal hours of the World Health Organization (WHO) classifying the new omicron COVID-19 variant as a Variant of Concern (VOC), the Biden administration enacted travel bans on eight African countries.

The hypocrisy was not lost on many conservative commentators, including Fox News’ Dan Bongino, who excoriated President Joe Biden and his administration for making the same move that they once labeled as a racist and “xenophobic” when former President Donald Trump did the same thing at the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020. 

During his Saturday night Fox News show, Unfiltered, Bongino held nothing back as he ripped Biden for “replicating what he himself called racist” after announcing the African travel ban, referencing Trump’s travel bans in 2020 that drew intense and unfair criticism.

Biden’s travel bans were announced Friday, but for some reason, waited to implement them until Monday morning.

Calling Biden out

During a Saturday morning appearance on Fox & Friends, Bongino slammed Biden — and Democrats in general — for relentlessly attacking Trump when he made the life-saving, logical move of enacting immediate travel bans in 2020.

“Trump did a travel ban from some of these same countries in the reason when there [were] a lot of unknowns and they thought it could have worked,” Bongino said.

He added: “Now, a year and a half later, we already know these travel bans … have done nothing to stop the delta, they’ve done nothing to stop any other variant out there,” recalling then-candidate Biden calling Trump a racist for announcing travel bans.

“We need to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency,” Biden tweeted at the time.

Twitter reacts

Bongino was far from the only commentator to remind Americans of Biden’s brutal attacks on Trump for enforcing travel bans in 2020 at the onset of the pandemic.

“Why is racist Biden banning travel from Africa? Biden’s racist travel ban must not stand… this xenophobia from Biden is a stain on America… let’s show the world we are better than the evil racist Biden and his Democrat enablers,” Steve Hilton tweeted sarcastically.

“Biden has just announced a travel ban on 8 African nations due to the new Omicron variant of COVID. Suddenly travel bans aren’t xenophobic? Does this also apply to the illegals at the Southern Border or are they exempt as usual?” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) tweeted.

Only time will tell if omicron becomes a thing, but if it does, Biden should be the first to send Trump a fruit basket to say thanks for the life-saving idea of banning travel before the variant has a chance to spread further.

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