The virtual Democratic candidate for the White House, Joe Biden, on Tuesday criticized President Donald Trump for having “surrendered” and “failed” the Americans in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“What happened? It’s almost July now and it looks like our wartime president has surrendered, waved the white flag and left the battlefield,” Biden said in a speech from a high school in Wilmington, Delaware.
The former vice president during Barack Obama’s two terms (2009-2017) used the same metaphor that Trump himself used in March when he declared himself a wartime president in the fight against the coronavirus.
The Democratic nominee said that month after month many, like him, have asked Trump to take action and do his job: “He has failed us,” he said.
“We can’t go on like this, half wearing masks, half refusing directions,” he said. We can’t go on half with a plan, half hoping for the best.
In that regard, Biden lamented that the Trump administration has left it up to state and local authorities to reopen their economies and other questions about the pandemic.
“We need real plans, real recommendations, with national and uniform standards, to help chart our economic reopening. What we have been doing now is not functional. A state-by-state approach will only lead to confusion and slow down any progress,” he said.
Biden said there should be a federal recommendation that “everyone should wear a mask in public, period.
“Wearing a mask is not just about you, it’s about your family, it’s about your neighbors, it’s about your peers, it’s about keeping other people safe,” he said.
The presidential candidate said that if Trump had listened to health experts and the recommendations he made a few months ago, the pandemic would not have grown so quickly.
“It wouldn’t have had to be this way,” Biden said.
The latest polls show Biden as the winner in the November 3 election.
A poll released last Friday showed that Trump is at the low end of his approval rating, at 40 percent, after the racial protests and police abuse in the U.S. and amid a surge in coronavirus infections in the country.
The president has a 58% disapproval rating, according to a survey conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion (MIPO) in partnership with National Public Radio (NPR) and PBS NewsHour.
The U.S. is the country most affected by the pandemic, with more than 2.6 million confirmed cases and more than 126,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.