It’s at moments like this that we really regret former President Donald Trump’s permanent ban from Twitter.
Discussing the COVID-19 vaccine at CNN’s Townhall on Tuesday night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, President Joe Biden said, “The biggest thing is when you and I talked last, we talked about it’s one thing to have the vaccine – which we didn’t have when we came into office – but a vaccinator. How do you get the vaccine into someone’s arm?”
“President-elect Joe Biden received his first dose of the Pfizer and BioNTech coronavirus vaccine on live television Monday afternoon and reassured Americans of the vaccine’s safety,” reported CNN on December 21.
And he received the second dose on January 11.
Apologists are saying the President misspoke. They point out he had previously said that “only” 50 million doses had been available when he took office.
But why didn’t CNN’s Anderson Cooper correct him? Had Trump “misspoken” like this, no journalist would have remained silent.
What the President says matters.
There will be viewers of Tuesday night’s Townhall who will insist to their friends today that the vaccine wasn’t available until after Biden took office. They will say they heard the President say so on CNN.
Additionally, Biden’s remark that there were “only” 50 million doses of the vaccine available when he took office is an attempt to downplay what truly was an amazing accomplishment.
Trump’s Operation Warp Speed was responsible for providing the world with two coronavirus vaccines in record time. It may have happened even sooner, but the pharmaceutical companies waited to announce the positive results of their clinical trials until after Election Day.
I’d bet my life that the Biden Administration could not have achieved this.
As time goes on, Democrats may very well try to “revise” the history of the vaccine to minimize or to even eliminate Trump’s instrumental role in its creation.
It’s kind of hard to believe that 80 million Americans voted for this man, isn’t it?