Critic: “whether to ‘shut the country down’ is an incredibly complex policy decision requiring political judgment and prudence about a million imponderables. Anyone who thinks that ‘the scientists’ have the right answer, as scientists, is unfit to decide.”
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris did their first post-convention interview with ABC News, which airs this weekend. In one segment, Biden is asked if he would shut the country down again, and Biden says he would do it, claiming he would listen to the scientists.
Millions of Americans of every political persuasion would be against this. The last shutdown began with the suggestion that we needed to close down for 15 days to slow the spread, and yet many places are still not fully reopen months later.
Matt Vespa of Townhall suggests this was the absolutely wrong answer, and I agree:
In Just 72 Hours, Joe Biden Might Have Paved the Way for the Democratic Party to be Totally Screwed in 2020
You know there’s that saying with Joe Biden: just let him talk. The man has insulted virtually every ethnic and racial group in the country over his long career. The man has diarrhea of the mouth. He also backed a bill that threw millions of black Americans into jail.
If there is one thing about locking people up, it’s that Biden is bound to make that a national policy regarding fighting the coronavirus. No jail time, but house arrest and nationwide mask mandates are coming. In an interview with ABC News’ David Muir which is set to air Sunday night, Biden might have just wrecked his 2020 hopes, and those for the rest of the Democratic Party. He’s for torching the economy via lockdowns if the scientists recommended it..
Here’s what Biden said, via ABC News:
Former Vice President Joe Biden said in an exclusive interview with ABC “World News Tonight” Anchor David Muir on Friday that as president, he would shut the country down to stop the spread of COVID-19 if the move was recommended to him by scientists.
“I would shut it down; I would listen to the scientists,” Biden told Muir Friday, alongside his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., during their first joint interview since officially becoming the Democratic Party’s presidential and vice presidential nominees.
Watch the clip below:
“I would shut it down. I would listen to the scientists.”
Joe Biden tells @DavidMuir in an exclusive interview that as president, he would shut the country down to stop the spread of COVID-19 if the move was recommended by scientists. https://t.co/2A9r07d7EC pic.twitter.com/e8yTrT9G56
— ABC News (@ABC) August 22, 2020
Here are a few reactions:
But which scientists? Mental health doctors, pediatricians, economists? Or just epidemiologists? Their advice is about fighting the disease, but not about the collateral damage from doing so, which falls outside their expertise. Listening only to them has had serious consequences https://t.co/EvvkX2oA3e
— Brit Hume (@brithume) August 22, 2020
Data simply do not justify forcing the entire nation to abide by the economically disastrous restrictions imposed on the people of NYC. We need to consider the damage to economic, spiritual, & physical health caused by broad societal shutdowns. @heritage #COVID19 @foxnewsnight pic.twitter.com/ljxaGwZlgz
— Joel Griffith (@joelgriffith) August 22, 2020
Harvard Law professor Adrian Vermeule notes how relying on “the scientists” is a gross oversimplification:
whether to “shut the country down” is an incredibly complex policy decision requiring political judgment and prudence about a million imponderables. Anyone who thinks that “the scientists” have the right answer, as scientists, is unfit to decide.
“Listen to the scientists“ is a catchphrase Biden has been told by his handlers to use. It probably focus groups very well. It shows why he is incapable of making complicated difficult decisions that may be unpopular at the time. https://t.co/OIXO4810FK
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) August 22, 2020
Frankly, I’m tired of being lectured about science from the party that believes gender is a social construct, and that COVID-19 magically avoids left wing political protests.
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