President Donald Trump has consistently insisted that he’s done a great job responding to the Coronavirus crisis — although the current U.S. death toll from the crisis stands at over 100,000 — and concurrently, he’s claimed that Democrats ignored the crisis while he was (supposedly) valiantly working to defend the U.S. That claim couldn’t be further from the truth, however: Democrats worked for months to try and shore up the U.S. defenses against the Coronavirus, but by the end of February, Trump was still calling concern about the virus a “hoax.” Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign poignantly pointed out this week that on the same day last October on which Biden, through his campaign, called out the Trump administration’s lack of preparedness, the actual president complained on Twitter about a new iPhone feature.
That’s not a joke — the posts went up on the same day. Biden was working on bringing public attention to the lack of pandemic preparedness in the United States on the very same day that Trump was whining on Twitter about a change between editions of iPhones.
Two tweets from the same day in October. pic.twitter.com/rsSslLCsTW
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 28, 2020
In his original October statement, Biden insisted:
‘We are not prepared for a pandemic. Trump has rolled back progress President Obama and I made to strengthen global health security. We need leadership that builds public trust, focuses on real threats, and mobilizes the world to stop outbreaks before they reach our shores.’
Trump has abjectly failed on each and every one of these fronts. He has spent the duration of the Coronavirus crisis delivering rants packed full of inane conspiracy theories like the idea that officials pleading with the federal government for assistance to keep their citizens from dying were somehow out to get him and make him look bad. Now, over a hundred thousand Americans are dead in the wake of problems that Trump could have helped deal with, like a shortage of personal protective equipment, which meant that individuals like frontline health care workers were exposed to the virus at higher levels.
Check out Twitter’s response to Biden below: