Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s pointed critiques of the Trump administration over its response to the coronavirus pandemic has been among the most consistent themes of the 2020 presidential race.
As a recent example, the former vice president stayed true to that theme by claiming the president “quit” on the American people, arguing that he would impose stronger measures to combat the virus if elected next month, the Washington Examiner reported.
“He just wants us to grow numb”
Biden’s latest remarks on the matter came during a campaign speech in Delaware on Friday.
“We’re more than eight months into this crisis, and the president still doesn’t have a plan,” he claimed.
Biden went on to express a dismal view of his rival’s pandemic response: “He’s given up. He’s quit on you. He’s quit on your family. He’s quit on America. He just wants us to grow numb and resigned to the horrors of this death toll.”
He continued by citing the more than 220,000 Americans who have died while infected with the virus as justification for his censure of the current president.
“If this is a success, what does a failure look like?” Biden asked.
“Masks save lives — period”
He addressed the way his administration would handle the pandemic — specifically the institution of a nationwide mask mandate. Of course, Biden’s track record on what type of order he would favor has been spotty thus far in the campaign.
“As president, I will mandate mask wearing in all federal buildings and all interstate transportation because masks save lives — period,” Biden said, according to Reuters. “Wearing masks is not a political statement, it is a scientific imperative.”
Biden’s plan would also include provisions to provide personal protective equipment, treatments, and therapies to cities and states in need, as well as a dramatically expanded nationwide testing protocol.
Of course, Trump has touted his administration’s pandemic response, asserting that the death toll could have been exponentially higher.
As for masks and other mandates, the administration has stated that it opposes nationwide orders — as Vice President Mike Pence explained during a debate earlier this month: “President Trump and I trust the American people to make choices in the best interest of their health.”