Joe Biden Blasts Donald Trump in Wisconsin Over COVID-19 Mishandling: ‘He Panicked’
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden swiped at President Donald Trump’s disastrous mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic during a campaign stop in Manitowoc, Wisconsin on Monday.
Wisconsin and its 10 Electoral College votes are a coveted prize by both presidential campaigns. Trump eked out a narrow victory in the Badger State, which had not voted for a Republican since Ronald Reagan in 1984, by 0.77 points over Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.
In his speech in Manitowoc, where Trump walloped Clinton by 20 points, Biden ripped Trump to pieces for failing to protect the public.
“We hear him privately saying this is a deadly virus, far more deadly than any flu, but that’s not what he was saying to us publicly,” Biden said. “Publicly he told us it was just like the flu and it would disappear in the warm weather, just like a miracle. It was all a lie. He knew it. What’s his explanation? He said he didn’t want to see the American people panic. He didn’t want to panic them.”
Instead, “Trump panicked,” the former vice president added. “The virus was too big for him.”
Biden is hoping to win over voters who are exasperated by Trump’s abysmal performance.
“I know many of you were frustrated, you’re angry,” Biden said. “You believed you weren’t being seen, respected or heard. I get it. It has to change. And I promise you this: It will change with me. You will be seen, heard and respected by me.”
Biden also accused Trump of exploiting Wisconsin’s working class population for personal political gain.
“The simple truth is that Donald Trump ran for office saying he would represent the forgotten men and women in this country. And when he got into office, he forgot us,” Biden said. “The truth is he never really respected us very much.”
Biden said that granting Trump a second term would make matters worse.
“I worry we’re risking becoming numb to the toll it has taken on us and our country and communities like this,” Biden said. “We can’t let that happen. We can’t lose the ability to feel the sorrow and the loss and the anger for so many lives lost.”
The virus is spreading at an alarming rate throughout Wisconsin. As it stands, 1,245 people have died and the number of reported cases has topped 102,000.
Thus, on Tuesday, Governor Tony Evers, a Democrat, declared a new state of emergency and extended the state’s mask mandate until November 21. Anyone over the age of five must wear a mask while indoors, except for at home.
“We continue to learn more about this virus, but what we do know is that we are facing a new and dangerous phase of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Wisconsin,” Evers said in a news release. “We are seeing an alarming increase in cases across our state, especially on campus. We need folks to start taking this seriously, and young people especially — please stay home as much as you are able, skip heading to the bars, and wear a mask whenever you go out. We need your help to stop the spread of this virus, and we all have to do this together.”
COVID-19 has taken the lives of more than 200,000 Americans and infected 6.9 million since March – more than any other country in the world. Trump, having admitted to Bob Woodward that he has been intentionally downplaying the severity of the crisis and who continuously lies about preventative measures, is personally responsible for the unnecessarily high death toll.
“Due to Donald Trump’s lies and incompetence, in the past six months [we] have seen one of the gravest losses of American life in history,” Biden said on Monday. “Sadly, it’s not over. As awful as the past 180 days have been, the next 90 days could be twice as bad.”
Watch Biden’s full speech below:
The out-of-control spread of the coronavirus is expected to collide with the annual flu season. This has the potential to overwhelm already strained health care systems and potenitally double the fatalities by the end of 2020.
Wearing a mask would significantly reduce person-to-person transmission and prevent most deaths, but Trump and the Republicans have fiercely opposed mask mandates, falsely claiming that they are ineffective and that they infringe upon individual rights.