Throughout the 2020 election season, President Joe Biden campaigned on “Orange Man Bad.” It appears that his administration intends to govern that way as well, by blaming its ineptitudes on Donald Trump. It didn’t take long for members of the administration to start pointing fingers when they failed to enact a viable plan to roll out COVID-19 vaccinations.
Biden Blames Trump for Slow Vaccine Rollout
During an interview with CBS News, Biden gave the latest in a series of finger-waggings blaming the slow coronavirus vaccine rollout on the Trump administration, claiming that it left the situation “more dire than we had thought.” He affirmed the seriousness of the problem, telling anchor Norah O’Donnell, “It is a national emergency. It genuinely is a national emergency.” He continued, complaining that “we thought they had indicated there was a lot more vaccine available. And [that] didn’t turn out to be the case. So that’s why we’ve ramped up every way we can.”
O’Donnell noted during the conversation that Dr. Anthony Fauci explained that to achieve herd immunity against the virus, at least 75% of the country would need to be vaccinated. “I would settle for 70, 75 percent effective vaccine. Because that would bring you to that level, would be herd immunity level,” he told CNN in June.
According to CBS News, “given the current speed of vaccine deployment 75 percent of Americans won’t be vaccinated until the end of 2021.” Biden indicated that this would not be an acceptable timeline. “We can’t wait that long,” he stressed, with the nation is still reeling from the economic impact of the outbreak and the shutdown orders that followed.
The Independent reported that:
“more than three million American women have left their jobs and are no longer looking for work, alarming new statistics from the federal government show.
“Parents have also reported growing concern over schoolchildren’s stunted learning, emotional growth, and mental health with many children having faced disrupted learning for up to a year.”
The president did indicate that he believed it is time to start reopening schools. He said, “I think it’s time for schools to reopen safely. Safely.” He also explained that his administration would be “coming out with science-based judgment” to open schools.
How Long Will the ‘Blame Trump’ Strategy Work?
This is not the first time the Biden administration has attempted to rebuke Trump to distract from its missteps. Only one day after inauguration, members of Biden’s team falsely claimed that they had inherited no COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan from the previous administration.
White House officials used media activist outlet CNN to disseminate the falsehood. “There is nothing for us to rework. We are going to have to build everything from scratch,” a source said. Another individual claimed that the team would have to start from “square one” because there was no plan. But later, Fauci debunked this claim, explaining that “we’re certainly not starting from scratch, because there is activity going on in the distribution.” He continued, “I mean we’re coming in with fresh ideas, but also some ideas with … the previous administration. You can’t say it was absolutely not usable at all.”
It seems that the Biden administration and the activist media plan to milk every drop out of the “blame Trump” cow for as long as it possibly can. But how long will they be able to keep it up? The public might be moving on from the honeymoon phase and start demanding answers soon. At that point, screaming “Orange Man Still Bad” won’t be enough to deflect criticism that could cost the Democrats dearly in the future. After all, 2022 isn’t that far away, is it?
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