President Joe Biden asserted in his speech attacking “MAGA Republicans” on Thursday that “COVID no longer controls our lives today.” It’s an attitude that Biden and the media have attacked Trump for — though others have died of COVID-19 under Biden.
In 2020, Trump was excoriated for telling America, “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. He made the statement via his now-banned Twitter account as he prepared to leave Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after recovering from the coronavirus.
What Trump clearly meant was that Americans should lead their lives as best they could, taking precautions but refusing to live in fear. NBC News published an op-ed from a woman who lost her father to COVID-19, in which she said, “The tweet showed he doesn’t care about the suffering of families like mine and those who will continue to be scarred by the disease – all without acknowledging that he inhabits a reality of health care provided to no one else on Earth.
And yet Biden has repeatedly made similar statements:
“[Our strategy] does not mean that COVID-19 is over; it means that COVID-19 no longer controls our lives. That’s what it means.” – March 30, 2021
“So today, while the virus has not been defeated, we know this: it no longer controls our lives.” – July 4, 2021
“Thanks to the progress we’ve made over the past year, COVID-19 no longer needs to control our lives.” State of the Union, March 1, 2022
Biden made these claims even before he contracted COVID himself – and suffered a case of “rebound”. He adopted the attitude that Trump wanted Americans to have all along — and that Biden, Democrats and the media attacked him for encouraging him.
The difference, of course, is that Biden is in power, which means he no longer has any interest in encouraging panic – although when describing a country under existential attack from his political opponents, it would be difficult to describe his attitude as one of optimism.
Joel B. Pollak is editor of Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. ET (4-7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.