WATCH: Biden slams Trump’s Covid response in speech on anniversary of pandemic

Pollemix News – March 11, 2021
President Biden addressed the nation on the one-year anniversary of Coronavirus hitting the US. It was Biden’s first prime time speech since assuming the Presidency and he marked the grim milestone by urging a Covid-weary public to stay the course in defeating the pandemic.

“If we do all this, if we do our part, if we do this together by July Fourth there’s a good chance you and families and friends will be able to get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout or barbecue and celebrate Independence Day. That doesn’t mean large events, with lots of people together but it does mean small groups will be able to get together,” Biden said.

He added, “After this long hard year that will make this Independence Day something truly special where we not only mark our independence as a nation but we begin to mark our independence from this virus.”

The call out of July 04 as a milestone date was the first occasion that President Biden had referenced a potential end point to the crisis, perhaps signaling renewed confidence that the recent downturn in infection rates, hospitalizations and deaths are being viewed as more than a false dawn.

President Biden laid out his administration’s Covid response and pointed to the fact that they were on track to outstrip his original goal of 100 Million vaccines in 100 days as evidence that he was taking defeating the virus far more seriously than his predecessor.

Although he did not call out Trump by name he made several scathing references to the former President’s Covid response, accusing him of neglecting the pandemic and not moving quickly enough to curtail the pandemic in the early stages.

“A year ago we were hit with a virus that was met with silence. And spread unchecked. Denials for days, weeks than month. That lead to more deaths, more infection, more stress and more loneliness. Photos and videos in 2019 feel like they were taken in another era.”

Biden’s speech culminated with him simply imploring the public to “keep the faith” as America embarks on a second year under the cloud of the Coronavirus pandemic. It ends a week of positive press for the new President as his speech came on the same day he signed into law his landmark $1.9 Trillion Coronavirus relief bill which garnered 70% support from the public but no votes from Republican legislators.

POLL: Does Biden or Trump deserve credit for the improving Covid situation?

Former President Trump seemed to be cruising towards a 2nd term in early 2020 until the Coronavirus pandemic threw his administration into turmoil. Many pundits view Trump's handling of the crisis to be the reason for his eventual loss as the White House struggled to respond to the unprecedented catastrophe.

In recent weeks infection and mortality rates have plummeted with many crediting increasing vaccination rates and early herd immunity for the positive trend. Does President Biden deserve credit for corralling the crisis, or was it the actions of his predecessor Trump that are behind the improving prospects?