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Biden: Coronavirus Was Too Big For Trump, Required "Serious Presidential Leadership"

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden held a campaign event in Manitowoc, Wisconsin on Monday and called the coronavirus "too big" for President Donald Trump to have handled.

"Trump panicked, the virus was too big for him," Biden said. "All of life, Donald Trump has been bailed out of any problem he faced with this crisis zero, a real crisis the crisis that required serious presidential leadership he just wasn't up to it, he froze, he failed to act, he panicked, and America has paid the worst price of any nation in the world."


FMR. VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: Due to Donald Trump's lies and incompetence in the past six months have seen in history in history--in history, but sadly it's not over. As awful as the past 180 days have been, the next 90 days could be twice as bad. Just pause and think about it we could be looking because I said between 178,000 and 200,000 lives lost, and all of the president does is deliberately change the subject which is especially infuriating once again, we are being told that we can save lives this time as many as 110,000 lives if we just take the simple steps chief among them wearing masks and still the president refuses.

In fact, we just watched him hold an indoor rally with thousands of people, many of whom weren't wearing masks despite the clear evidence that we are putting every one of those people's lives at risk. The president knew of these dangers back in February, and he hid it from the American people. You can actually hear his own voice recorded by Bob Woodward's interview with him, saying that he understood how bad it was. We hear him privately saying this is a deadly virus, far more deadly than any flu, but that's not what he was saying to us publicly.

Publicly he told us that it was just like the flu and that it would disappear in the warm were weather like a miracle. It was all a lie; he knew it. What--what is his explanation? He said he didn't want to see the American people panic; he didn't want to panic them. Trump panicked, the virus was too big for him. All of life, Donald Trump has been bailed out of any problem he faced with this crisis zero, a real crisis the crisis that required serious presidential leadership he just wasn't up to it, he froze, he failed to act, he panicked, and America has paid the worst price of any nation in the world.

Still, it is important to understand what Donald Trump was saying, and by the way, the American people don't panic, we don't panic. Understand what he was saying because it crystallizes his whole worldview when Donald Trump said he didn't create--he didn't want to create a panic he wasn't just talking about a health panic he was focused on the stock market. Trump was worried that if he told the public the truth, there would be a panic in the financial markets, and that would hurt his chances of being reelected.
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