Presidential candidate Joe Biden issued a statement Monday blasting President Trump for blasting Dr. Anthony Fauci earlier. The former VP is lying low from public appearances until Thursday’s presidential debate, but his campaign released a message to the media in which Biden is quoted as saying President Trump is lashing out at public health experts “instead of laying out a plan to beat this virus or heeding their advice about how we can save lives and get our country moving again.”
Biden was just warming up, taking aim at the president’s leadership style, saying “All President Trump has done is cower and wallow in self-pity.”
He wasn’t done. The statement continued, this time referencing Trump’s comment made Monday that the American people are tired of COVID-19. Biden counter-punched with “Mr. President, you’re right about one thing: The American people are tired,” he said. “They’re tired of your lies about this virus. They’re tired of watching more Americans die and more people lose their jobs because you refuse to take this pandemic seriously.”
Trump piled on from his earlier comments Monday about Dr. Fauci, this time telling a large crowd at a rally in Prescott, Arizona, “You have to understand him (Fauci); he’s a promoter,” Trump said. Not long after Biden released his statement, the president tweeted a response to Dr. Fauci’s complaint that the White House is limiting his media appearances. “Dr. Tony Fauci says we don’t allow him to do television, and yet I saw him last night on @60Minutes, and he seems to get more airtime than anybody since the late, great, Bob Hope. All I ask of Tony is that he make better decisions. He said “no masks & let China in.” Also, Bad arm!”
The “bad arm” line was a shot at Fauci’s wild and off-the-mark first pitch he threw at a Washington Nationals baseball game.