Within weeks of Trump beginning his presidency in 2017, well before he had facilitated the passing of any legislation or any of his executive orders had time to affect the economy at all, Donald Trump took credit for economic upswings clearly left over as a result of President Obama’s economic policies. Now, just two months out of office, Trump is trying to take credit for the gains made by Biden regarding the massive rollout of COVID-19 vaccines that have already led to a rate of more than two million doses administered per day.
Trump puts out a sad statement on presidential letterhead pleading for credit for COVID vaccinehttps://t.co/UTGU5So0ZB
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) March 11, 2021
Banned from Twitter, Trump has relied recently on official statements to rant and rave, using one recently to attack members of his own political party who have dared spoken out against him in any way. His latest reads even more like a very long Trump tweet of old, filled with lots of praise for himself with an underlying whininess about how little credit he gets for anything.
‘Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America: I hope that everyone remembers when they’re getting the COVID-19 (often referred to as the China Virus) Vaccine, that if I wasn’t president, you wouldn’t be getting that beautiful ‘shot’ for 5 years, at best, and probably wouldn’t be getting it at all. I hope everyone remembers!’
The COVID case rate under Trump
The COVD case rate under Biden pic.twitter.com/99Y6DXe4Bh
— JRehling (@JRehling) March 6, 2021
Of course, any president who had served at the outbreak of a deadly epidemic would have pressured the FDA to approve a vaccine quickly, although others might have ensured that vaccine access was easier and their response to the initial news of the vaccine would likely have gone much differently. Also, no one refers to the vaccine as the China Virus vaccine. Only Trump.
Meanwhile, vaccine access has ramped up under President Biden since the beginning of his term. Biden promised to have enough vaccines for all Americans by May; less than two weeks later, there are enough vaccines for everyone and it’s not enough April yet.
According to The New York Times, Biden said on March 2:
‘As a consequence of the stepped-up process that I’ve ordered and just outlined, this country will have enough vaccine supply — I’ll say it again — for every adult in America by the end of May,” Mr. Biden said. “By the end of May. That’s progress — important progress.’
BREAKING: House passes $1.9T Covid relief bill that includes $1,400 checks, $300/wk jobless benefits, child allowance of up to $3,600 for one year, $125B for K-12 schools, $30B for public transit, $25B for rental assistance, $14B for vaccine distribution. https://t.co/C3JQIXquMx pic.twitter.com/xcyV3nXqO4
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) March 10, 2021
Trump chose to release his statement on the day of Biden’s first legislative victory, a landmark bill providing economic relief to a country teetering on the verge of economic collapse as a result of the pandemic. It took Biden just 50 days to achieve that legislation.
According to Slate:
‘It is, by almost any measure, a landmark achievement—a big f*in’ deal, as our president once said—that, at minimum, should put to rest any concern that the party will reprise the same error that marred its response to the housing bust and financial crisis. But more than that, it suggests that despite the Democrats’ razor-thin majorities in Congress, their hopes for an FDR-style administration may not be entirely far-fetched.’
👏🏼GREAT NEWS! More than 60% of adults 65 years or older—nearly 24% of ALL adults—have received at least 1 dose of a #COVID19 vaccine.
— Dena Grayson, MD, PhD (@DrDenaGrayson) March 9, 2021