It’s Day 203 Of Joe Biden’s Presidency And We’re Still Waiting On Him To ‘Shut Down The Virus’

It’s Day 203 Of Joe Biden’s Presidency And We’re Still Waiting On Him To ‘Shut Down The Virus’

Most mind-blowing about this pandemic nightmare has been how the media, no matter what, can trace the blame for continuing COVID-19 spread 100 percent of the time to Republicans, ideally white men aligned with former president Trump.

Did a Democrat get sick? That’s because Republicans aren’t wearing masks. Did a Republican get sick? That’s because Republicans aren’t hosting vaccination sex parties.

Did President Joe Biden’s corny “100 Days Masking Challenge” not do a thing to hamper the virus, and in fact, find its way to another wave of positive cases? Well, that’s because Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is trying to block mask mandates in public schools.

Did a group of Texas Democrats fly halfway across the country to promote a state-level issue in Washington, D.C., and then test positive for the virus, putting untold numbers of people at risk? Yeah, but red-state church gatherings are the real super spreaders.

Have Democrat governors like Andrew Cuomo of New York, Phil Murphy of New Jersey, Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, and Daniel McKee of Rhode Island continued to see a higher COVID-19 death rate than perpetual media targets DeSantis and Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas? Yes, but, damn, that’s just the way viruses work and— hey, wait a minute! Why won’t Tucker Carlson tell us if he’s vaccinated?!

For the third time during this whole thing we’re seeing a sharp increases in new cases of the virus. But what makes this third one different is that we now have a new president who promised that he would “shut down the virus.” Atop of that, Biden said during the campaign he’s, “not going to shut down the economy, period.”

Right now, more than 200 days into his term, the virus is raging and he’s threatening to put out more government restrictions on schools and businesses.

“What’s different about this surge from previous ones is we have the tools to prevent this rise in cases from shutting down our businesses, our schools, our society, as we saw what happened last year,” Biden said on Aug. 3.

I’d call it a “bait and switch” but this should have been an obvious outcome for anyone who listened to what Democrats were saying throughout 2020. They love the pandemic. They loved how useful it was, every single infection and every single death, in getting Trump out of office. And they love how useful it remains in keeping people on welfare and reducing human activity. They believe that’s better for the planet. And voters who are on welfare don’t elect the people who say they’re going to take it away.

Almost every day Biden emerges from the crypt to brag about the unemployment rate going down but that was going to happen anyway. Vaccines had been approved before he came into office and getting them out would inevitably rob Democrats of any immediate excuses for keeping their precious lock downs in place. Vaccines, by the way, that he and his vice president doubted would be available before the end of 2020 and, more importantly, doubted would be safe to take.

Whose failure is this? If you want the real answer, don’t ask the media.

Eddie Scarry is the D.C. columnist at The Federalist and author of "Privileged Victims: How America's Culture Fascists Hijacked the Country and Elevated Its Worst People."
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