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The senior adviser to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden dismissed relevant questions about a number of pressing issues on the minds of voters including the ongoing violence and the potential for a COVID-19 vaccine before the November election.
In an interview with FOX News’ Bret Baier, who guest-hosted “Fox News Sunday” for regular anchor Chris Wallace, Sanders dodged one question after another as she was pressed for specifics on condemning Antifa, Biden running mate Sen. Kamala Harris’ call to support a bail-out fund for rioters, and whether her candidate would get a coronavirus vaccine himself.
(Source: Fox News)
Baier played a clip of the country’s lead immunologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, explaining during a CNN interview that the country should “trust” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention if the agency says a COVID-19 vaccine is safe to distribute.
“Is the Biden campaign saying that, if a vaccine comes out before Election Day, it shouldn’t be trusted or that it’s pure politics?” Baier asked Sanders, noting that Biden has made statements to that effect.
“First and foremost, we all want a vaccine, but we want that vaccine to be safe,” Sanders said. “And when a vaccine is eventually available, we want it to be equitably distributed.”
She then attacked President Donald Trump, claiming he could not be trusted to justly distribute a vaccine because of his alleged failure to get personal protective equipment (PPE) and other gear to Americans, though critics have said states should make those preparations themselves.
“We all want a vaccine, Bret, but we all want it to be safe,” Sanders continued.
Baier pressed Sanders, however, asking if the Biden camp would be “okay with” the Food and Drug Administration approving a vaccine by late October, just days before the election.
Again, she demurred. “Again, we all want a vaccine, the question is, how will it be distributed?” Sanders responded, going on to say that “African American and Latino folks in this country are disproportionately affected by COVID-19,” and repeating her previous complaints about the Trump administration.
Sanders wouldn’t even answer Baier’s question about whether Biden himself would get a vaccine, choosing instead to engage in a lengthy word salad about coronavirus testing.
The host then played a clip of Biden seemingly flip-flopping on whether he would shut down the country in the event the pandemic continues. However, Sanders just focused on a portion of Biden’s statements, saying he made it “clear” he would if it was being recommended by scientists.
At that, Baier noted that Biden came out publicly against the violence and rioting seen in scores of American cities throughout the summer, but he never singled out one of the groups responsible for much of it — Antifa.
“Bret, the vice president has been very clear, he condemns all forms of violence,” she said, noting further that “in this moment, he is calling for calm.”
“Joe Biden has been very clear, I do believe it is Donald Trump who has not,” she added.
In fact, President Trump has roundly and regularly condemned violence, looting, and rioting throughout the summer, calling for “law and order” and routinely offering federal assistance to cities, only to be rebuffed a number of times by Democratic mayors and governors.
Sanders then dodged Baier’s questions regarding Harris’ call earlier this year for people to donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a group set up to bail out rioters — including one who was recently re-arrested “on a serious charge.”
After Baier mentioned the specific tweet that Harris sent June 1, Sanders responded, “You asked a good question, ‘Do we condemn the violence?’ And the answer is yes.
Sanders then said that there is a “clear distinction between protesting” and violence, but none of the people the fund was set up to bail out were arrested for simply protesting. Rather, they were accused of committing acts of violence, rioting, and looting.
“Protesting peacefully is American, and folks should be raising their voices in this moment,” she added.
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