While it’s normal for presidents to blame their predecessors for the problems they inherit, President Joe Biden is taking things to new extremes.
Nearly 500,000 Americans have died from the virus since it arrived, with nearly 81,000 of those deaths occurring since Biden entered the White House on Jan. 20, according to a tracker from The Washington Free Beacon.
Biden claimed to have “plan”
The figures are sobering, especially considering Biden’s campaign emphasis on having a “plan,” which has carried over into his presidency — however unconvincingly.
Biden has sowed considerable confusion on his coronavirus response since coming into office, while appearing eager to blame his predecessor at every opportunity.
At a CNN town hall on Tuesday, Biden repeated his claim that Trump left him with no vaccine plan, accusing Trump of “wasting so much time” while boasting about the Biden administration’s efforts. “This is a process. It’s going to take time,” he said.
“Think of what we didn’t do. You and I talked about this during the campaign, we didn’t do from the time it hit the United States. You’re going to inject something in your arm. It’s going to go away. It will all be done by Easter. We wasted so much time, so much time,” Biden said.
Biden passes the buck
Despite the president’s constant calumnies about Trump, Biden’s goal of 100 million doses in 100 days was nearly reached when he entered office, so according to Biden’s own standard Trump was doing a good job.
For critics, this is part of a pattern with Biden, who appears to be drastically resetting expectations after vowing to use “science” to miraculously overcome the pandemic. Biden has also prioritized clarity, but his messaging has often been quite ambiguous.
He also claimed that there was “no backlog, I mean there was nothing in the refrigerator figuratively and literally speaking” when he was sworn in, and even suggested that “we didn’t have” a vaccine, leaving many unsure if he was confused or just lying for kicks.
But few expect the media, which blamed Trump for every COVID death, to be as harsh on his successor, and Biden certainly seems to be anticipating lighter treatment.