The recent COVID-19 outbreak at the White House and the Capitol complex may hurt President Joe Biden and more ways than one, the Washington Examiner reports.
The obvious danger is that the 78-year-old Biden might contract the illness given the fact that he has come into contact recently with several individuals who have subsequently tested positive for the coronavirus.
The less obvious danger, according to the Examiner, is that the outbreak “could seriously jeopardize Democrats’ hopes of using the president’s pandemic approach to boost them in the midterm elections.”
That would be a huge blow to Biden and the Democrats who, quite frankly, don’t have much else that they can run on in the midterms.
Over the past several days, several individuals in the White House and on Capitol Hill have tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak occurred as several events took place where coronavirus protocols were not in effect.
The list of those who have tested positive includes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Attorney General Merrick Garland, and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. The list also includes Jamal Simmon, the vice president’s communications director, Michael LaRosa, the first lady’s press secretary, and a number of lawmakers and reporters.
Biden has been caught on camera coming into contact with many of these individuals. Most notably, Biden was seen at the Affordable Care Act event, that was held in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday, kissing Pelosi on the cheek, while neither were wearing facemasks.
According to the White House, Biden, though, has since tested negative multiple times.
Psaki fields questions
As the outbreak unfolds, White House press secretary Jen Psaki has had to respond to a number of related questions, including about the risks posed to Biden and the steps being taken to protect the president.
Psaki has claimed that Biden has not been in “close contact,” per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) definition, with the individuals who have tested positive, despite the fact that cameras and common sense would suggest otherwise.
In fact, Psaki, along with the Biden White House, has tried to give the appearance of pre-pandemic normalcy. However, the outbreak is undermining that effort.
It appears that the Biden administration and the Democrats have managed to get themselves into a lose-lose situation with the coronavirus pandemic. If they try to go back to normal and suffer an outbreak, as is happening, then their supporters will say that they are not doing enough, and if they go back to the restrictions, their opponents will say that they are doing too much.