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One or more travel bans were good. One or more were bad. Welcome to politics in 2021. Joe Biden’s press secretary stepped up to the podium Monday to answer questions about President Joe Biden’s travel ban on South Africa after the discovery of the Omicron variant. It’s the latest hysteria whipped up by Biden and his media lapdogs who wasted no time sending the coronabros into a frenzy with headlines of it being a “race against time.”
Jen was asked about travel bans and how President Biden threw around “hysteria, xenophobia and fear-mongering” claims in January 2020 when Trump’s administration was in the process of instituting travel bans from China.
“What the President was critical of was the way [Trump] put out a xenophobic tweet on what he called the coronavirus and who he directed it at,” Psaki told Fox News reporter Peter Doocy. “The President has not been critical of travel restrictions. We have put them in place ourselves. We put them in ourselves in the spring. He believes we should follow the advice of health and medical experts. That’s exactly what he did by putting in these restrictions over the weekend.”
When Trump put covid travel bans in place Joe Biden and Kamala Harris said he was racist and xenophobic. Now that Biden has put his own covid travel bans in place does he stand by the charge? Enjoy the response: pic.twitter.com/Xuzuvyiv0J
It was interesting for Psaki to mention that Biden hasn’t been “critical of travel restrictions” considering what he tweeted on March 12, 2020 when Trump banned travel from Europe.
A wall will not stop the coronavirus,” then Presidential-candidate Joe Biden wrote on Twitter. “Banning all travel from Europe – or any other part of the world – will not stop it. This disease could impact every nation and any person on the planet – and we need a plan to combat it.
A wall will not stop the coronavirus.
Banning all travel from Europe — or any other part of the world — will not stop it.
This disease could impact every nation and any person on the planet — and we need a plan to combat it.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) March 13, 2020
Biden made a point going all the way back to 2020 to drop nuggets to voters that they just couldn’t trust Trump because of this xenophobia against China and his “fearmongering.” It happened at a January 31, 2020 campaign stop in Iowa.
“We have right now a crisis with the coronavirus, emanating from China,” Biden said in Fort Madison, Iowa. “A national emergency worldwide alerts. The American people need to have a president who they can trust what he says about it, that he is going to act rationally about it. In moments like this, this is where the credibility of the president is most needed, as he explains what we should and should not do. This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia – hysterical xenophobia – and fearmongering to lead the way instead of science.”
Speaking of fearmongering, let’s take a look at the current situation in South Africa where the doctor who discovered the variant spoke to BBC and Reuters and urged those freaking out to calm down.
“What we are seeing clinically in South Africa — and remember I’m at the epicenter of this where I’m practicing — is extremely mild, for us [these are] mild cases. We haven’t admitted anyone, I’ve spoken to other colleagues of mine and they give the same picture,” Dr. Angelique Coetzee told the BBC.
Coetzee went on to tell the BBC that her patients were dealing with “very mild” symptoms from omicron.
There you have it, just another day of politics in 2021.
We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We need to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) February 1, 2020