On Sunday, former President Barack Obama called out the Trump administration’s glaring failure in responding to the Coronavirus pandemic. Sunday was the one year anniversary of a Twitter post from Joe Biden in which the now Democratic presidential nominee sounded an alarm that “we are not prepared for a pandemic” due to the Trump administration’s rollbacks of critical government infrastructure. Circumstances have proven that Biden’s sobering assessment was correct, but at no point in the time since has the Trump administration launched a Coronavirus response effort that was effective enough to stop the virus from killing what’s now some 225,000 Americans.
Alongside Biden’s prescient pre-Coronavirus public statement about the potential dangers of a pandemic, Obama commented on Twitter as follows:
‘Eight months into the pandemic, as new cases are breaking records, we need an administration that’s not going to wave the white flag. A year ago today, @JoeBiden was talking about the leadership we need to get prepared for a pandemic, and he’s got a plan to get it under control.’
Eight months into the pandemic, as new cases are breaking records, we need an administration that’s not going to wave the white flag. A year ago today, @JoeBiden was talking about the leadership we need to get prepared for a pandemic, and he’s got a plan to get it under control. https://t.co/A49pTJEQc9
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 25, 2020
On Sunday, during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows took the Trump administration’s failure further and suggested that the White House has just about given up trying to “control” the virus. Meadows bluntly insisted that “we are not going to control the pandemic,” which sounds like a concession to the virus while Americans suffer in the glaring absence of leadership from the White House. Two of the highest single-day totals of newly reported Coronavirus cases in the U.S. have come in the last seven days, and hospitalizations and death rates have also been climbing — but what’s the White House doing? With Trump in charge, they’re just about giving up on “controlling” the virus, it sounds like. Measures like universal mask-wearing could save lives, but this documented possibility of helping save lives has not motivated the White House to act more forcefully.
This morning @MarkMeadows said we are not going to control this virus but we are going “to defeat it because we’re Americans.”
Mark, that’s not a strategy; it’s called a self-delusion.
— Andy Slavitt @ 🏡 (@ASlavitt) October 25, 2020
On his own time, Trump won’t even acknowledge the actual depth of the crisis in the United States. He refuses to meaningfully acknowledge the fact that the pandemic has upended people’s lives across the country. Instead, he has complained about media coverage of the crisis, which he has ludicrously insisted is some kind of conspiracy to make him look bad. The world doesn’t revolve around you, Donald!
Trump at NC rally: "Turn on television, COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID. A plane goes down, 500 people dead, they don't talk about it. COVID, COVID, COVID. COVID. By the way, on November 4th you won't hear about it anymore."
(A plane crash killing 500 didn't happen.) pic.twitter.com/NOYqTIcXGd
— The Recount (@therecount) October 24, 2020
Check out Twitter’s response to Obama’s comments below: