(NewsGlobal.com)- Ahead of President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address, Paul Mango, a former Republican gubernatorial candidate in Pennsylvania, argued in an op-ed for Fox News that the president cannot honestly claim to have succeeded in his fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mango said that while case rates, deaths, and hospitalizations related to COVID-19 have “fallen dramatically in recent weeks,” the real issue people should be thinking about is the costs of our victory against the virus.
“When one examines Biden’s ‘victory’ in detail, to include the tally of COVID cases and fatalities, its impact on the disruption of primary and secondary education for a generation of our youth, skyrocketing drug overdose deaths and related behavioral health issues, and inflation and deficits now at the highest levels in decades, it is, indeed, hard to ‘distinguish it from defeat,’” he wrote.
Mango also suggested that if the Biden White House’s response to the pandemic had actually achieved a single identifiable positive outcome from the ruin created in the wake of the pandemic, then they may be owed some admiration. But he said they didn’t, and they don’t.
He went on to cite that during the Biden administration’s roughly 400 days in office, the United States has seen more than 135,000 cases and 1,325 deaths on average per day. These are roughly twice the numbers seen during the Trump administration – even during the peak of the pandemic in 2020.
When Biden did make his speech, he said that the world was entering a “new moment” in the pandemic. The White House and Congress also dropped mask mandates before he took the stage.
Biden might finally be admitting that the pandemic has come to an end, but the American people will experience the effects of it for a very long time.
Read Mango’s full opinion piece for Fox News here.