Former vice president Joe Biden has been prancing around Washington D.C. celebrating his faux victory in the 2020 presidential election.
He spent much of this week working with his penniless transition team and proposing policies that will not be enacted.
The General Services Administration slammed the door on the team by refusing to sign a letter of ascertainment so it could draw down $9 million in funding. Under federal law the GSA must be certain a candidate has been declared “apparent president-elect” before releasing the money for office space and other expenses.
The 77-year-old immediately fumbled the ball during his “victory” speech last Sunday when he claimed that “230 million thousand” Americans have died since the coronavirus pandemic began — a real head-scratcher since no one has ever heard of this numeral before.
He loves to talk about COVID-related deaths, but for some reason he can never get the numbers right. While discussing healthcare during a campaign stop in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in June he estimated that 120 million victims had died in the US.
“People don’t have a job, people don’t know where to go, they don’t know what to do,” Biden said. “Now we have over 120 million dead from COVID,” he claimed, before quickly correcting himself. At the time there were only 122,000 deaths.
President Donald Trump quickly pounced: “If I ever said something so mortifyingly stupid, the Fake News Media would come down on me with a vengeance,” he tweeted that evening.
He also threw more punches at Biden during a Fox News Town Hall in the battleground state of Wisconsin that night.
“Whenever [Biden] does talk, he can’t put two sentences together,” Trump told host Sean Hannity. “The man can’t speak.”
In September the presidential hopeful attended a campaign event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he said an estimated 200 million people — more than half the population — have already died from the disease.
“If Donald Trump has his way, the complications from COVID-19, which are well beyond what they should be — it’s estimated that 200 million people have died — probably by the time I finish this talk,” he said during a campaign speech.
The number of deaths at that time had not yet surpassed 200,000 according to Johns Hopkins University. Based on his estimate nearly two-thirds of all Americans have died of COVID-19.
While bashing Trump at old Pennsylvania steel mill earlier that month Biden said: “COVID has taken this year, just since the outbreak, has taken more than 100 years… Look. Here’s… The lives… It’s just… I mean, think about it,’ he said. He then checked his script which actually read, “More lives this year than any year in the past 100 years.”
The vice president always comes up with bizarre numbers when he tries to sound learned on domestic and international affairs, or even when he talks about himself.
“That’s why I’ve made it a priority my entire career to work closely with you from the time I got to the Senate 180 years ago,” he told the audience at the US Conference of Mayors with a smile in September. Biden only served for 37 years as a Democratic senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.