Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden seems more fit for a nursing home than he does a run at the presidency after making yet another series of confusing and contradictory remarks on Sunday during an interview on ABC News about the coronavirus outbreak.
In an awkward reversal, after initially suggesting that President Trump was xenophobic for banning travel from China early on in the coronavirus outbreak, Biden later said that he agreed with the president’s smart decision to halt travel from China.
On Sunday in an appearance on ABC News’ “This Week”, Biden seemed to pivot yet again, this time adding some completely inaccurate claims to “clarify” his statements.
“He indicated that I complimented him on – on dealing with China,” Biden said. “Well, you know, 45 nations had already moved to keep – block China’s personnel from being able to come to the United States before the president moved.”
Biden’s statement is completely false. 45 other nations did not “block China’s personnel from being able to come to the United States before the president moved.”
GOP rapid response Steve Guest summed up the crazy rollercoaster that is Joe Biden’s thought process:
“Joe Biden lives in a alternate reality.
Over 2 months ago, when Trump announced travel restrictions with China, Joe Biden was criticizing Trump for “xenophobia.”
Today, Biden criticized Trump for the speed he enacted the travel ban. Biden didn’t support the ban until April 3.
Later in the interview, Biden reversed course and claimed that shutting down borders was not an effective way of preventing the spread of the disease.”
“You know, these viruses as you know, George, they have no borders, you can’t build a wall, you can’t put up – you can’t have, you know, people at the border trying to stop it, it’s beyond that capacity,” Biden said. “You have to know what’s coming, where it’s coming from, and how to deal with.”
Biden made the remark while adding that Trump should “listen to the experts” and “listen to the Faucis of the world.”
What Biden fails to mention, however, is that Dr. Anthony Fauci said that Trump’s decision to shut off travel from China “saved us really a lot of hurt.”
Separately, Biden also hinted that the DNC may hold a virtual convention.
“STEPHANOPOULOS: Finally, sir, let — I want to turn to some politics before we go.
As you know, Wisconsin now having its primary on Tuesday, your opponent Sanders said that should be put off and the governor now joining that chorus as well. But it looks like it’s going to happen.
Is that wise?
BIDEN: Well, look, I think they should follow the science, I — and, you know, what I’ve been hearing, I have been following it like you have, like everybody has, watching the court action, it’s still in court now. And — but I think whatever — whatever the science says is what we should do.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And does that hold for the convention as well? If — are you open to the idea that — it just may not be possible to do the convention in August?
BIDEN: Well, we’re going to have to do a convention, may have to do a virtual convention. I know — I think we should be thinking about that right now. The idea of holding a convention is going to be necessary, but we may not be able to put 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 people in one place and that’s very possible. Again, let’s see where it is.
What we do between now and then is going to dictate a lot of that as well. But my point is that I think you just got to follow the science. Listen to the experts. Listen to the Faucis of the world. And if that’s the case, it’s the case.
But we cannot let this — we’ve never allowed any crisis from a Civil War straight through to a pandemic in ‘17, all the way around, in ’16, we have never, never let our democracy take second fiddle, we can both have a democracy and elections and at the same time protect the public health.
But I think it’s time we start thinking about how we’re going to hold elections, whether we’re going to have to spend a lot of time figuring whether we do — is it going to mostly be by mail, which is not the preferred route for everyone — how are we going to do that? How are we going to make it available to everybody?”