Joe Biden has reemerged from hiding to get caught for the second time this month for making a false claim about the Trump administration’s coronavirus response.
The first false claim was when the campaign edited a video of a Trump rally to make it look like Trump called the virus a hoax.
According to Town Hall:
Now here’s the latest four-alarm distortion from Team Biden on the Coronavirus front. Here’s the Democratic frontrunner’s inaccurate claim about a CDC official being “silenced:”
“All the while, anyone who raised an alarm about this — a red flag — was silenced. Look no further than Dr. Nancy Messonnier, a career official at the Centers for Disease Control who was the first to raise the alarm. … Starting the next day, Dr. Messonnier no longer appeared at public briefings of the White House coronavirus task force. The president and the White House sent a clear message to scientists in the government — there would be a price for speaking out and speaking up.”
And the truth, via WaPo’s fact-checker:
At the Feb. 26 news conference, Trump announced that Vice President Pence was taking charge of the task force. (Previously, Azar had run it.) From then on, briefings were held at the White House, not the Department of Health and Human Services. Trump headlines each one. One would presume either the director or deputy director would be onstage with the president, not a lower-ranking official.
Fauci is at the task force meeting (working) which is why he’s not at the presser. Sorry to those who assumed he’d been fired or excluded. “He’s a good man,” Trump says, who adds that the reopening timeline will be discussed with him. Calls Fauci’s opinion “very important.”
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) March 23, 2020
PolitiFact | Biden falsely says Trump administration rejected WHO coronavirus test kits (that were never offered) https://t.co/XxIaBxRIit
— Andy Lancaster (@andylancaster) March 24, 2020
The virus response could be giving Biden cover. Allowing him time to hide while the country deals with the crisis which keeps him from making his regular mental mistakes. This could be why a recent national poll has Biden leading Trump by 3 points.