Concerns about the novel coronavirus have caused economic losses across the board. One politician, however, has found a way to use COVID-19 to bolster his bank account.
According to Breitbart, 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden is now using the public fear generated by COVID-19 to raise money for his campaign.
This week, as Biden built on his delegate lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), he has gone around claiming that he has a plan to combat the new coronavirus.
The former vice president, accordingly, held a live stream on Thursday to speak about his proposal. Biden, throughout the event, asked those watching to go to his campaign website in order to read his coronavirus plan in full.
But, rather than Biden’s coronavirus plan, website viewers ran into Biden’s real plan: using COVID-19 to generate some needed campaign funds.
How to line one’s pockets during a crisis
According to Breitbart, before access would be granted on the website to view Biden’s COVID-19 plan, one would have to click through a page that asked for donations.
And that’s not all. After Biden was finished speaking on Thursday, his campaign sent out an email asking for campaign donations.
“This isn’t the time to be complacent,” it read. “If you are ready to fight for the soul of this nation, you can start by donating to elect Joe Biden by clicking the button below.”
The button has the words, “Donate to elect Joe Biden” on it. Biden’s campaign in the email also asked recipients to “forward it to family and friends.”
Biden’s coronavirus plan
After one finally does make it past all the donation requests, one can get a look at the rather lengthy COVID-19 plan that Biden has been touting. The obvious question is whether Biden and his team deliver?
The answer is not so much. Breitbart has published a separate report explaining how many of the key features of Biden’s plan “are indistinguishable from current Trump administration efforts.”
Of course, it doesn’t really matter. The apparent goal here for Biden is not to solve the coronavirus problem, but to raise money off of it, and he is probably succeeding. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time that a Democrat capitalized on such a crisis.