A key member of Joe Biden’s inner circle has supposedly admitted in private that “Covid is the best thing that ever happened to him” in terms of his viability as a presidential candidate.
The disturbing quote attributed to longtime Democrat operative Anita Dunn, a Biden campaign “mastermind” who had worked as interim communications director in the Obama White House, is reportedly contained in a new book with an insider take on Election 2020. The book is called “Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency” and is due to be published early next month.
This behind-the-scenes revelation, if accurate, implies that Biden is an accidental president who politically benefited in a big way from a public health and economic challenge, with the Democrat mantra of never letting a crisis go to waste writ large.
“The comments could be seized on by Biden’s critics that his campaign used the suffering of the public in the opportunistic pursuit of power,” the Washington Examiner noted.
The Biden campaign was saved “by a remarkable string of chance events,” including “the pandemic lockdown that kept him off the stump, where he was often at his worst,” a promotional summary of the tome asserts.
Dunn was previously employed by the Barack Obama White House as an interim communications director and played a similar role in the 2020 Biden presidential campaign before going on to be appointed to the transition team.
The coronavirus seemingly gave cover for Biden, for the most part, to stay put in his Delaware basement during the campaign and minimize his gaffe-prone interactions with the media. His rare in-person events were poorly attended, as many of his critics noted. In contrast, Trump barnstormed across the country presiding over massive rallies when they were scheduled and otherwise constantly interacted with reporters.
The premise seems to be that President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak is what led to his defeat in Election 2020 even as he initiated an unprecedented public sector-private sector mobilization to respond to the spread of the infection.
According to the left-wing Guardian, however, “As the pandemic capsized Trump along with the economy Biden, through a much more cautious approach to campaigning and basic public health concerns, appealed to voters as the right man to manage a recovery.”
Many Trump supporters would argue that universal mail-in voting, with limited chain-of-custody measures or signature verification required in key precincts in swing states, turned out to be decisive. In the end, even the controversy du jour pushed out by a hostile media seems arguably less relevant.
On Tuesday, the United States passed a solemn milestone of 500,000 reported deaths from COVID-19, which Biden recognized during a remembrance ceremony. Worldwide, Johns Hopkins University reports 112 million cases and 2.5 million deaths. It is unclear if the President also believes that the coronavirus is “the best thing to ever happen” to him, given these shocking and saddening numbers.
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