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President Joe Biden was already drawing heavy criticism over the shortage of COVID testing kits as panic over the Omicron variant sweeps the nation but his remarks on Monday when he passed the buck to the states set off a raging firestorm that has also scorched White House Chief of Staff Ronald Klain.
The prolific tweeter’s words from last year criticizing then-President Donald J. Trump for not fully mobilizing the federal government to fight the virus, but instead allowing the states to manage the unprecedented health crisis as he should have, has not aged well, resulting in a pummeling from critics.
According to Klain, “I’ve been saying since March that we can’t beat COVID with an “Articles of Confederation” response. We have a national government for a reason. If Donald Trump won’t use it to beat this killer disease, I know someone who will, starting on 1/20/21.”
I've been saying since March that we can't beat COVID with an "Articles of Confederation" response. We have a national government for a reason. If Donald Trump won't use it to beat this killer disease, I know someone who will, starting on 1/20/21. https://t.co/8yb3vTa8na
— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) June 24, 2020
Once again, Klain’s tendency to shoot from the hip on Twitter has come back to bite him with users taking to the platform to drag him down memory lane.
This didn’t age well
— the future is so bright…. (@dj_beav) December 28, 2021
Hey Ron just checking in on this whole condemnation of the idea that there isn’t a federal solution
— Sunny McSunnyface (@sunnyright) December 28, 2021
Sir how is mighty Covid war coming along? Has the prophecy been fulfilled?
— Stewy (@danrstew) December 28, 2021
This worked out well didn’t it
— Missak Tokhmanian (@followMissak) December 28, 2021
Hmmmmmmm this didn’t age well. What are you saying today @WHCOS??? @POTUS just punted back to the states. “There is no federal response to Covid.” https://t.co/SCllNLQCfk
— Lucie Cammack (@luciecam3) December 28, 2021
Hey Ron – Any update on this stance champ? https://t.co/WjWRnJQeOK
— Jake Stull (@PoliticsInChief) December 28, 2021
Last summer, Biden also vowed a “coordinated response from the federal government” in one of his attacks on Trump, falsely presenting himself as the man best suited to bring an end to COVID and restore the nation to normalcy, a promise that he has struggled mightily to deliver upon – and that was before he punted the ball during his conference call with state governors.
To beat COVID-19, we need a coordinated national response from the federal government — but Donald Trump refuses to do his job. I've laid out exactly what I would do, and I encourage this president to adopt the plan in its entirety: https://t.co/SOVOPL7uPy
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 7, 2020
Republicans took to Twitter to weigh in after Biden pawned off the responsibility for mitigating the virus to the states.
When Joe Biden says "there is no federal solution," he's trying to avoid blame for his incompetence.
If he really believes this, he should rescind his unconstitutional federal mandates.
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) December 27, 2021
Biden says there's no federal solution to COVID and that this gets solved at a state level.
He should immediately end his unconstitutional federal mandates.
The Texas solution is no mandates and personal responsibility. https://t.co/lPlfsy7ioY
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) December 27, 2021
Promises made, promises broken once again.
Joe Biden today:
“There is no federal solution” on COVID-19
Joe Biden’s campaign website in 2020: pic.twitter.com/QxXNR6SOk5
— Adam Paul Laxalt (@AdamLaxalt) December 27, 2021
Also slamming Biden’s flip-flopping was the panel on Fox News’ popular show “The Five” who excoriated the administration and its figurehead, particularly on the lack of availability of test kits which flew off of shelves as terrified people scrambled to find out whether they were infected with Omicron during Christmas week, many who likely didn’t have symptoms as the White House-media fear campaign boomeranged politically.
(Video: Fox News)
Klain also stepped in it with a Sunday retweet of a column claiming that, despite America’s hellish year under Biden’s stewardship, it really hasn’t been that bad after all because Trump is gone.
A look back at 2021!https://t.co/HrYQR4BUNL
— Ronald Klain (@WHCOS) December 27, 2021
Some begged to differ with Klain who, it seems, isn’t living in a reality-based world.
There is a certain irony involved in a Chief of Staff that was wrong on almost every issue calling 2021 not so bad. Of course that would be his opinion, right?
— Wayne Cross (@wayneccross) December 27, 2021
Uh, it’s been an unmitigated disaster.
— Just a Lightbulb Being Called to the Gallows (@ExConDX) December 27, 2021
On the bright side, Biden’s miserable performance on COVID is finally getting the attention that it deserves as a result of the fumbled Omicron response and the testing debacle.
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