Joe Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), sought to blame President Donald Trump for the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic in the United States without mentioning its Chinese origin, claiming “his delusional belief” is the reason an American dies of the virus every 80 seconds according to NBC.
In her first joint appearance with the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee in Delaware on Wednesday, Aug. 12, Harris accused President Trump of failing to take the virus seriously from the early days of the outbreak.
“This virus has impacted almost every country, but there’s a reason it has hit America worse than any other advanced nation,” Harris said, arguing, “It’s because of Trump’s failure to take it seriously from the start.”
“His refusal to get testing up and running, his flip-flopping on social distancing and wearing masks, his delusional belief that he knows better than the experts—all of that is the reason and the reason an American dies of Covid-19 every 80 seconds,” Harris said.
President Trump, a conservative who is likely want to prove his faith in God, has largely refused to wear a mask in public.
Like many other liberal Democratic politicians, Harris used that excuse to attack the incumbent Republican president.
“When other countries are following the science, Trump pushed miracle cures he saw on Fox News,” Harris said.
“While other countries were flattening the curve, he said the virus would just, poof, go away, quote ‘like a miracle.’ So when other countries opened back up for business, what did we do? We had to shut down again,” Harris added.
The Trump campaign has fired back against Harris, who became Biden’s running mate on Tuesday.
President Trump “has been leading the nation through the coronavirus crisis and restricted travel from China, and then Europe, way back in January,” Campaign Communications Director Tim Murtaugh said, adding, “Joe Biden called it xenophobic and fear-mongering.”
“We now know that the president’s decision saved countless thousands of American lives and that Joe Biden would not have done it. If Joe Biden had been president, we would be in a much worse situation today,” Murtaugh said.
The CCP Virus was first detected in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, but the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) held back information about the lethal virus as well as the risk of its human-to-human transmission, leading to the spreading of the disease.
As soon as in January, President Trump took action to stop travel from China to stem the spread to the United States and enhanced airport screenings to help stop cases from coming into the country as long as possible. In February, when the Democrats had made not a single mention of the CCP Virus or even the threat of the CCP, President Trump in the State of the Union address pledged to take all necessary steps to safeguard U.S. citizens from the virus.
To trace and combat the virus, his administration has built the world’s best testing system, conducting nearly 68 million tests, far outpacing any other country.
While President Trump has repeatedly blamed the CCP for causing the CCP Virus pandemic, Democrats have shifted the blame to his administration, accusing it of failing to act quickly to contain the virus.
The United States has reported with nearly 5.4 million infections and more than 169,000 deaths from the CCP Virus as of Thursday, Aug. 13, according to data from Worldometers website.
During the joint event with Harris, Biden said that his administration, should he be elected, will have a comprehensive plan to turn the corner on the CCP Virus pandemic.
“Masking, clear science-based guidance, dramatically scaling up testing, getting states and local governments the resources they need to open the schools and businesses safely,” Biden said.