When it Comes to COVID, Biden is Trump Lite
2020? 2021? 2022? Anyone fancy a shot at 2023? For the past two years, the United States
and the rest of the world have longed for the year when COVID would finally run up a white
flag and slope off into the distance, never to be seen again. Masks could be burned
liberation style like bras, and we could finally go and spend time seeing just how many
people we could hug in day.
However, January 2022 is showing that it can do a great impression of March 2020 when it
comes to COVID. Of course, back in 2020, we had Trump and his patently dangerous
downplaying of the virus throughout, deriding mask wearing and the administration of
Clorox into the body to “perhaps do a number on the virus.” So, when Trump got hoofed
from the White House and Joe Biden took up the federal government’s reins, it was all going
to be so much better. Ha! The lol of it all…
When Trump left office, 400,000 Americans had perished in the pandemic. Roughly a year
later, that figure is hurtling to 900,000. So, while Trump had hundreds of thousands of
Americans die on his watch, Biden has, erm, well, you know. The federally coordinated
national plan under Biden still looks like a patch-work quilt, and a potentially deadly bed-
cover at that. Where is the financial assistance for especially vulnerable industry sectors
that are being relentlessly hammered by the pandemic? The ocean to ocean contact tracing
and national testing strategy? While vilifying the anti-vax band wagon may be a go-to fix for
brief moral superiority, it doesn’t cover up Biden’s Trump like short-comings.
Heaven forbid that the corporate blood that courses through the heart of the Biden
administration has anything to do with this? Sounds far-fetched? Well consider this. The
CDC, with it’s many nods and winks to big business, has declared that those who are COVID
asymptomatic, can halve their quarantine time from ten to five days. Sounds liberating yes?
Well, no, not at all. One person’s asymptomatic COVID symptoms spell something way
more serious, or even deadly for another. Looked at another way, people in quarantine for
less time can spend more time getting back to work so as to continue to walk the relentless
treadmill of corporate America. And that’s at a time when the US continues to smash daily
rates of new infections at an eye-watering pace.
Yes, the science about COVID can change and we are still learning about the virus. The first
version of COVID, simply known as the L-strain, has since spawned Delta, then Omicron and
other lesser-known variants, six in total, at present. And what if the deadliest mutation is
yet to come? Reduce quarantine times further still as the economy just has to keep on
rolling at the cost of yet more human life sacrificed on the alter of COVID smothered
The lives of millions and millions of Americans were in peril under the Trump administration.
The same continues to be undeniably true of the Biden presidency. When the history books
of the future are written about the early twenty-first century, numbers, particularly so
numbers of fatalities, tend to jump out at you from the page. While Trump made a
complete hash of his response to the pandemic through a head-spinning mix of denial,
idiocy and strongman showmanship, leading to 400,000 COVID related deaths, we have to
ask the question how has the Biden set-up added another 400,000 deaths, and counting?
It was not supposed to be like this with President Biden, yet it has turned out to be exactly like
how it was before. Maybe the scholars of the future will look back at Biden’s fudged COVID
response and make an assessment that it was incompetence that was at the heart of the
strategy. Or maybe determine that there were too many Republican Trump stooges and
anti-vaxers making merry hell with his efforts to implement a coherent national COVID
strategy. Or maybe, those historians of the future, those with a more forensic eye, will see
this for what it actually is – yet another display of corporate America flexing its trillion-dollar
muscles at the expense of yet more innocent Americans.
So, when it comes to COVID 2022, move over ex-President Trump, here comes President
Trump Lite. Two sides of the same coin.