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Recently, Donald Trump made a brief acknowledgment that Joe Biden helped push vaccine development under his administration while he was in office.
Those days, however, are long gone and 45 is back to his usual routine of putting the Democratic president on blast for botching the Covid response.
Trump scorched Biden in a press release on Wednesday.
“The Biden Administration’s response to COVID is getting worse every day. Joe Biden said, ‘there is no federal solution’ to the pandemic, but he then federalized the distribution of antibodies, and red states are getting the short end of the stick. In my administration, we respected the role of Governors to take care of their own states, and they could request antibodies and therapeutics depending on what they needed. That’s the way our Country is supposed to be run.”
“Now, there’s talk by the Biden Administration again about closing schools and even vaccine mandates for school children This is an outrage, and MAGA nation should rise up and oppose this egregious federal government overreach,” Trump continued. “The Democrats are so incredibly mandate happy—there is discussion about a vaccine mandate for school kids this year in Detroit and other Democrat-run places.”
“Our administration did what they said could not be done—vaccines in record time,” Trump added. “But we never issued mandates, and I never would! People should be able to choose how they want to govern their own health. The federal government must be reined in and give the people back the freedom to decide whether they want to be vaccinated or not.”
“Joe Biden said he would never issue mandates, but he did it anyway like so many other things.”
As recently as December, former President Trump responded by saying he was “very appreciative and surprised” that President Biden thanked him for working to make COVID-19 vaccines available to the public. However, Trump has never supported mandatory vaccines.
Several officials within the Biden administration lied when they promised that there would not be any vaccine mandates: President Joe Biden, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, and top Covid advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Biden administration officials have said on numerous occasions that vaccines should not be “mandatory,” only to later implement federal vaccine mandates.
In December, then-President-Elect Biden announced he would not make vaccinations mandatory.
“I don’t think it should be mandatory. I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory,” Biden said during a news conference. “Just like I don’t think masks have to be made mandatory nationwide.”
“I’ll do everything in my power as president of the United States to encourage people to do the right thing and when they do it, demonstrate that it matters,” Biden continued.
Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, said in July that a vaccine mandate was “not the federal government’s role.” She had effectively said the same thing in May.
“The government is not now nor will we be supporting a system that requires Americans to carry a credential,” Psaki stated.
Psaki continued, “There will be no federal vaccinations database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential.”
Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control, was also quoted as saying there would be “no federal mandate.”
“To clarify: There will be no nationwide mandate. I was referring to mandates by private institutions and portions of the federal government,” Walensky posted on Twitter. “There will be no federal mandate.”
The same year, Anthony Fauci stated federal vaccine mandates would be “encroaching upon a person’s freedom.”
The administration, however, reneged on its promises to the American people and imposed some of the most sweeping vaccine mandates in U.S. history, affecting thousands of employers and millions of Americans.
Similar to the Biden administration’s lies about having no intentions of imposing vaccine mandates, the Biden administration lied about getting Americans out of Afghanistan. The White House appears to believe that it is entitled to violate the Constitution anytime it wishes by issuing ‘laws’ from the Executive Branch. Whether or not this can withstand federal court scrutiny remains to be seen.
In a call to governors, Biden also conceded that there was “no federal solution” after saying during the presidential debates that he would “end” Covid. Biden made this claim in the presidential debate of October 2020.
“Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain as President of the United States,” Biden stated.
Nevertheless, Covid-related deaths in the U.S. in 2021 exceeded those of 2020.
“Overall, more than 771,000 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in the U.S. during the pandemic,” according to one report. “About 385,000 were reported in 2020, according to CDC data, and more than 386,000 have been reported this year.”
Given that Biden himself said he shouldn’t remain as president in this case, isn’t it time he steps down?