By Taylor Weyeneth | DCI
“Now we have over 120 million dead from COVID, I mean, 120,000 dead from COVID. And you have so many — now we’re past 2 million — I mean, and we’re talking about it like it’s over. I mean, it’s over. My god.” – Joe Biden
On June 25, 2020, at a campaign event in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden incorrectly said that 120 million people had died of Covid-19. To quote, “Now we have over 120 million dead from COVID, I mean, 120,000 dead from COVID. And you have so many — now we’re past 2 million — I mean, and we’re talking about it like it’s over. I mean, it’s over. My god.”
On June 26, the day after Biden’s remarks, the Johns Hopkins’ tracker reported 124,424 deaths in the U.S. As of June 29, data from the Johns Hopkins coronavirus resource center showed the number of deaths rose to more than 125,000.
Conservatives and others in the media exaggerated this slip-up to a whole new level as the coronavirus pandemic continued to take its toll in the summer of 2020.
Fox News reporter Raymond Arroyo mocked Joe Biden for misspeaking, but then proceeded to make a big numerical gaffe himself, by inaccurately saying “We don’t have that many people in the United States.”
… The current US population is nearly 330 million.
President Donald Trump immediately took to Twitter to call out his rival, claiming “If I ever said something so mortifyingly stupid, the Fake News Media would come down on me with a vengeance. This is beyond a normal mistake. Why isn’t the media reporting it?
On Thursday in Wisconsin, Trump insisted the economy is “coming back at a level nobody ever imagined possible.” But in Pennsylvania, Biden warned that “no miracles are coming” and slammed Trump’s handling of the virus. “Amazingly, he hasn’t grasped the most basic fact of this crisis: To fix the economy we have to get control over the virus,” Biden said. “He’s like a child who can’t believe this has happened to him. His whining and self-pity.” Trump went to an event at Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard that was outside without a mask. Hundreds attended, and some didn’t wear masks, despite requirements to do so.
With Biden leading Trump in the polls, it’s almost understandable why the two continue to take jabs at one another.
Taylor Weyeneth is the managing director of 20K Strategies, editor-in-chief of DCIntervention.com, and is the former deputy chief of staff to the U.S. Drug Czar at the White House. Taylor is an experienced political operative, republican strategist, and workforce development thought leader. Facebook: @tweyeneth - Twitter: @taylorweyeneth