Former Vice President Joe Biden ripped into Donald Trump on Thursday while calling out the president’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the United States, as a video of the speech shows.
“The president wants us to believe there’s a choice between the economy and public health. Amazingly he’s still not — hasn’t grasped the most basic fact of this crisis. To fix the economy we have to get control over the virus. Say it again. To fix the economy we have to get control over the virus,” he said. “He’s like a child who can’t believe this has happened to him. All his whining and self-pity, this pandemic didn’t happen to him. It happened to all of us. His job isn’t to whine about it.”
Joe Biden is ripping Trump to pieces as he calls out Trump for whining instead of doing something about the pandemic. pic.twitter.com/6ObAGHFYtf
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) June 25, 2020
Biden added that if the president “doesn’t choose to end his senseless crusade against health coverage,” he will look forward “to ending it for him.”
Biden’s comments come as the Trump administration has continued to be criticized for its response to the COVID-19 crisis. In recent days, cases across the U.S. have continued to trend upward, with some states like Texas, Florida, and Arizona seeing surges. Texas has paused its reopening of plants amid the increase.
On Wednesday, the U.S. saw a record number of new cases, with nearly 37,000 reported in a single day, as The Inquisitr previously reported. More than 120,000 people in the country have died from the disease.
The Trump administration has also come under fire for its role in potentially contributing to the increase in cases. Trump himself has set an example that wearing masks in unnecessary by choosing not to don one, despite how wearing a mask is something his own task force recommends. He has also repeatedly downplayed the seriousness of the disease, saying that it will fade away on its own.
Most recently, the administration declined to renew funding to a baker’s dozen different coronavirus testing sites, several of which are in hard-hit Texas. The president has also waged a war against ObamaCare, with the administration expected to file a legal brief asking the Supreme Court to strike down the Affordable Care Act even as coronavirus cases increase.
Biden criticized Trump’s attempts to dismantle the current health care system during Thursday’s remarks, and he pledged to continue to fight to provide coverage for American families.
The former vice president has been facing criticism from some on the right who say that he hasn’t been making enough public appearances during the pandemic, as Trump has done the opposite in recent days.