Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden appeared to state that 600,000 Americans have died of coronavirus during a Friday appearance on Morning Joe, overestimating the national casualties from the disease by an order of magnitude.
Watch the embarrassing gaffe here:
“Over 600,000 dead, many of them who are those workers, those nurses, doctors, some of them… And we talk about that number like 600-plus thousand people.”
Biden overstated the number of coronavirus deaths in America by ten times. In actuality, just over 60,000 Americans have been counted as coronavirus deaths by the Center for Disease Control and Johns Hopkins University as of Friday.
Biden stuttered after being promptly corrected by the MSNBC presenter, realizing he had vastly overstated the number of coronavirus deaths in the country.
During his appearance on the show, Joe Biden also directly addressed the sexual assault allegations against him made by former Senate staffer Tara Reade. Biden denied the allegations, and walked back some of his previous rhetoric arguing that women who make allegations of sexual assault should be believed.
Biden has struggled with statistics and numerical figures before. In a Democratic primary debate, he made the whopping claim that 150 million Americans have died of gun violence since 2007, a mammoth overstatement that would mean almost half the country’s population has been killed by guns in the timeframe.
Is this man at the top of his game?
As Trump Leaves Office, Media Cites Ineffectiveness of Lockdowns and Democratic Leaders Display Eagerness to Reopen
Right on cue.
With President Donald Trump’s impending exit from the White House, many are starting to perceive pivots from Democratic leaders and the mainstream media on the ineffectiveness of lockdowns and the reopening of society.
For example, Newsweek ran an article Thursday titled “COVID Lockdowns May Have No Clear Benefit vs Other Voluntary Measures, International Study Shows.” The study, published in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation, found through a mathematical model that there was “no clear, significant beneficial effect of [more restrictive measures] on [COVID-19] case growth in any country.”
This is just one study, of course, so it may not reflect objective reality any more than one study which concludes that lockdowns saved “millions of lives.” But after getting bombarded with messages from the media that lockdowns were necessary—with the opposite message found only on explicitly conservative outlets like Big League Politics—it may seem too coincidental to see such a story while the changing of the presidential guard takes place.
Not only that, it also comes at a time when some Democratic leaders appear to be chomping at the bit to reopen restaurants, bars, and schools—after several months of harsh insistence that they all must stay closed in the name of “safety” and “public health.”
On Monday, for example, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York called for the reopening of the state’s economy “smartly and safely.”
“We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass. The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely,” Cuomo tweeted.
We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass. The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.#SOTS2021
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 11, 2021
Mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot put out a similar call on Thursday, saying that bars and restaurants need to reopen “as quickly as possible” because it will help those businesses survive and reduce the number of large private parties and gatherings.
And incoming president Joe Biden recently pitched a $175 billion plan to return children to school, $130 billion of which would be for public elementary, middle, and high schools, the other $35 billion for colleges and universities. Many teachers unions stubbornly refused to return to in-person classes for the longest time, but now that Biden has come out in support of in-person classes, don’t be surprised to see them suddenly change their tune.
The left is so predictable, isn’t it?
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