The White House is convinced that all it’ll take to rejuvenate President Joe Biden’s ailing poll numbers is for him to ostensibly defeat the coronavirus by doubling down on his COVID policies, but this strategy could prove to be extremely disastrous.
“Biden’s team views the pandemic as the root cause of both the nation’s malaise and his own political woes. Finally controlling COVID-19, the White House believes, is the skeleton key to rejuvenating the country and reviving Biden’s own standing,” the Associated Press reported Saturday.
But his critics argue that the true root causes of his poor polling numbers are his policy decisions and rhetoric.
The president has pursued racial essentialism in education and policymaking, has tried to force authoritarian mandates on businesses, has shamed the unvaccinated, has shut down pipelines, has attacked the fossil fuel industry, has bungled the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and has allowed the southern border to be overwhelmed, to name a few decisions.
If anything, some critics suspect that him doubling down on his policy prescriptions — particularly COVID mandates — could prove to be his demise.
Hahahaha yes, that’s it. Covid. He should double down on mandates, shut downs and school closures. That will help him.
— Honest Abe (@LincolnAbe1865) November 27, 2021
So, what you’re saying is that the Biden admin is going to double down on the stupid.
— AlexPKeaton (@jenndownsfamily) November 27, 2021
LMAO! Has nothing to do with Covid-19. It has everything to do with Biden and his Administrations policies and their incompetence.
— Mommie_003🗣🇺🇸🎄 (@Mommie_003) November 28, 2021
typical democrats. it can’t be your bad policies or your unlikability. it can’t be you. it HAS to be something else.
— Becky 🌸🌹🌷🌼🌻 (@ltsOnlyBecky) November 28, 2021
The common culprit IS the Biden admin.
He simply doesn’t care that his policies are financially breaking vulnerable Americans, and in every area he’s doubling down on his stupid, destructive policies.
Incompetence + malfeasance = Biden/Pelosi/Schumer
— BidenIsAnIllegitimateFraud (@fedup_patriot) November 28, 2021
The fact is that thanks to the widespread distribution of the coronavirus vaccine, hospitalizations and deaths remain relatively low.
But rather than back off from the pandemic and truly allow American society to return to normal, the president and his allies on the federal and state level keep doubling down on restrictions and policies that hurt working class Americans.
Just last week the administration asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to reverse an order from the Fifth Circuit banning the administration from moving forward with its vaccine mandate.
That mandate led to a stunning number of terminations and resignations across the country, including of police officers and first responders. Yet the president has for his part dismissed these terminations as collateral damage.
“Let’s be clear … when you see headlines and reports of mass firings and hundreds of people losing their jobs, look at the bigger story,” he said in a speech back in October.
He believes that American citizens losing their livelihoods is a price worth paying to spur the population into getting vaccinated. This obsession with vaccinations stems from the mistaken belief that if enough Americans are vaccinated, the coronavirus will stop spreading and simply disappear into the night like small pox.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 8, 2021
This, however, isn’t happening even in states that are heavily vaccinated.
“Vermont is one of the most vaccinated states in the country and has served as a model for its COVID-19 response throughout the pandemic. But now, the state is experiencing its worst COVID-19 surge yet,” ABC News reported on Nov. 12th.
“In Vermont, nearly 72% of residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — more than any other state, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. At the same time, it has the 12th-highest rate of new COVID-19 cases over the last week.”
So why don’t Democrats, including those in the White House, just stop obsessing over the spread of the virus and focus only on hospitalizations and deaths?
Because, according to The Wall Street Journal, that would require Biden to admit that he’d been wrong to attack his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, over his own handling of the pandemic.
“President Biden may not recall what he said during a 2020 campaign debate last fall, but Americans should: ‘Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain as President of the United States of America.’ At the time the U.S. had recorded 220,000 Covid deaths,” the paper’s editorial board wrote last week.
“Covid deaths this year have now surpassed the toll in 2020 with 350,000 since Inauguration Day. It would seem that Mr. Biden has done no better than Donald Trump in defeating Covid despite the benefit of vaccines, better therapies, and more clinical experience. The left politicized Covid by holding Mr. Trump responsible for a disease that was always going to be hard to defeat.”
A disease that Trump rightly noted would be endemic, meaning Americans would need to learn to live with it, as he said in the summer of 2020: “We have to get back to business. We have to get back to living our lives. Can’t do this any longer.”
“The virus is with us, but we need to live with it,” was how one senior administration described his mindset at the time, as reported by NBC News.
Biden was among the many Democrats who’d cried foul at the time, arguing that COVID had to be defeated in its entirety. Roughly a year and a half later, he’s now paying a steep political price for his obstinacy and trash-talking.
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