WATCH: Mitch McConnell Says COVID-19 Crisis Is Ending Thanks To Trump Administration
America is bouncing back from COVID-19, says Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Who does he credit? Not the current administration, which has increased vaccinations and promises that every adult who wants to be vaccinated will be by the end of May. Nope, according to McConnell, the credit belongs in 2020.
Complaining about Democratic efforts to pass a relief bill to help Americans recover financially from the pandemic, and the failed initial response, McConnell says, in the clip below, that this bill isn’t why America is bouncing back from the crisis. Instead, the reason is “our work last year.”
Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell moving the goalposts on COVID relief:
"We are already on track to bounce back from this crisis. That's not because of this bill. It's because of our work last year. It's the trend this new Democratic government inherited." pic.twitter.com/vJNogQQFsz
— The Recount (@therecount) March 5, 2021
He doesn’t use the former president’s name. McConnell and Trump clashed over COVID-19 response, with McConnell criticizing how precautions were ignored at the White House. He also complained that the virus was affecting life to such a degree that Republicans couldn’t get together for lunches.
He’s also fought hard against COVID-19 relief, suggesting previously that the help would go to people who didn’t have any real need for it.
Still, in this clip, he suggests that work done “last year” — which is to say, under Donald Trump’s administration — is the reason that the nation will be able to bounce back.
According to Market Watch, he’s right about one thing: the U.S. economy does seem to be making progress by some measures. For instance, the February numbers on new jobs created show a significant surge, and experts think that will continue. However, those numbers represent the best gain in 4 months — that is to say, Biden’s first full month in office, after his efforts to increase vaccine distribution, was where this rebound began.
Experts also say it will continue as more people are vaccinated and hiring continues to increase.