When asked during one of the 2020 presidential debates about his proposed COVID-19 response, then-candidate Joe Biden promised he would “shut down the virus” rather than America’s economy, as Fox News reported.
Yet, as former President George W. Bush administration speechwriter Marc Thiessen recently noted, there’s a substantial gap between Biden’s rhetoric and his actual record on handling the pandemic, which has been reflected in his dwindling approval ratings.
“His first act as president was to pass $1.9 trillion, trillion with a T, in COVID relief,” Thiessen said during a Friday appearance on Fox News.
COVID testing troubles
“Here we are 10 months later and we don’t have tests and there are lines around the block for PCR tests, you can’t get the at-home tests, and no treatments,” Thiessen observed.
“Where was the Operation Warp Speed for treatments?” Thiessen asked, referring to the Trump administration’s rapid program to develop COVID-19 vaccines. “Why do we not have a surplus of all of these different treatments?
“Of course his poll numbers on that will decline,” Thiessen continued, noting an ABC/Ipsos poll conducted last month which found that only 53% of Americans approve of how Biden has handled the pandemic.
That represents a steep decline from March, when the same poll found that 72% of respondents felt the president was doing a good job on COVID-19.
Polls looking rough
As Thiessen noted, Biden’s diminishing approval rating is hardly limited to the pandemic. “His poll numbers are underwater on every single topic,” the former speechwriter said.
Indeed, the same ABC/Ipsos showed 69% dislike how Biden has approached inflation and another 57% disapprove of how he has handled the economy more generally.
What’s more, the president’s polling problems aren’t limited to Republican opinions, as 71% of independents also took a dim view of his inflation record.
“No president in my lifetime or probably American history has fallen from grace so far, so fast like Joe Biden,” Thiessen insisted.
“He started out with 56% approval rating,” he added. “Today he is 10 points underwater, a 30-point slide in one year. No other president has fallen that far that fast.”