President Joe Biden has repeatedly and sharply criticized former President Donald Trump over his handling of the COVID-19 outbreak in America, and on the campaign trail, Biden often vowed that his administration would take drastic measures if necessary to shift the course of the pandemic.
Now, Biden appears to already be flipping the script. Speaking at a White House press conference Friday, Biden admitted that “there’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months,” Fox News reported.
The stunning remark from the new president marks a steep reversal from not only his own promises, but also Democrats’ stance for nearly the last year that measures like mask-wearing and social distancing can help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Biden: Sorry folks, nothing we can do
President Biden’s remarks Friday were ominous from the get-go, as he warned that “we remain in a once-in-a-century public health crisis that’s led to the most unequal job and economic crisis in modern history. And the crisis is only deepening. It’s not getting better; it’s deepening,” he said, according to a White House transcript.
Biden went on to discuss at length the many Americans facing joblessness, hunger, sickness, and death, all thanks to the pandemic.
He also made mention of several actions his administration has taken thus far or plans to take soon to address those issues — part of what he’s dubbed the America Rescue Plan — before undermining it all by saying there’s no chance of making a measurable impact, at least in the short term.
“If we fail to act, there will be a wave of evictions and foreclosures in the coming months as this pandemic rages on, because there’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months,” Biden said, according to Fox. Take a look:
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 22, 2021
Throwing in the towel already?
The hypocrisy of the 78-year-old president’s Friday comments wasn’t lost on conservatives, who quickly pushed back, as the Washington Examiner reported.
Former Libertarian Congressman Justin Amash (MI) observed in a tweet: “Haven’t we been told for months that restrictions and mandates were necessary to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months?”
Conservative writer and podcaster Stephen L. Miller, meanwhile, called Biden’s remarks “a sudden and pretty extraordinary quote from the guy who is pretty much only in office for promising to do exactly that.”
Has Uncle Joe given up already?