Joe Biden posted on March 18, “It is a national disgrace that millions of Americans do not have a single day of paid sick leave.”
On April 2, he posted, “It is a national disgrace that our health care workers still don’t have the protective equipment they need.”
Seems everything is a national disgrace to Mr Biden. Everything is President Trump’s fault. And on Thursday, someone called him out on it.
U.S. Representative Dan Crenshaw reminded Biden that this type of rhetoric is not helpful to the country or its citizens living in fear and uncertainty, that it is always easy to point fingers in the middle of a crisis for one’s own political gain.
“Remember when you were VP and lived through H1N1 and Ebola? You could have added more PPE to national stockpiles right? But you didn’t? See how easy it is to finger point? And play the bad-faith blame game? Everyone is trying solve this. These type of comments add nothing.”
Remember when you were VP and lived through H1N1 and Ebola? You could have added more PPE to national stockpiles right?
But you didn’t?
See how easy it is to finger point? And play the bad-faith blame game?
Everyone is trying solve this. These type of comments add nothing. https://t.co/HSlQTzjELP
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) April 2, 2020
After the swine flu in 2009, when Barack Obama and Biden were in the White House, the administration never replenished key supplies.
Here is an excerpt from the Los Angeles Times:
After the swine flue epidemic in 2009, a safety-equipment industry association and a federally sponsored task force both recommended that depleted supplies of N95 respirator masks, which filter out airborne particles, be replenished by the stockpile, which is maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
That didn’t happen, according to Charles Johnson, president of the International Safety Equipment Assn.
The stockpile drew down about 100 million masks during the 2009 epidemic, Johnson said.
“Our association is unaware of any major effort to restore the stockpile to cover that drawdown,” he said.
So, Obama’s administration, including Biden, didn’t replenish them either.
This Los Angeles Times article clearly faults Trump for a lack of effort to restore the stockpile, and this charge may be warranted. But for Biden to play the political blame game, when the administration of which he was a part had seven years to do it, is laughable, and it is good that Rep. Crenshaw was there to remind him of it.