President Joe Biden seemed to contradict himself in a response on Friday when he was asked whether or not COVID-19 is “here to stay,” going on to initially deny the premise of the question, while also stating at the same time there would be a “new normal” for folks post-pandemic.
For the record, this virus is definitely here to stay. It’s becoming endemic as we speak. It will eventually weaken itself to the same level as a common cold or flu. That’s how this works. We’re never going to stop it completely. Might as well get over that.
As for the “new normal,” that’s what Democrats are hoping for. They don’t want to lose the power they have gained over the masses during this pandemic and the only way they can keep it is to make sure the American public remains terrified of this illness.
The comments made by the president came as he was taking questions from the press after making remarks concerning the December jobs report.
“No, I don’t think COVID is here to stay, but having COVID in the environment here and in the world is probably here to stay,” he went on to tell NBC News’s Peter Alexander. “COVID, as we’re dealing with it now, is not here to stay. The new normal doesn’t have to be — we have so many more tools we’re developing and continuing to develop that will contain COVID and other strains of COVID.”
The answer comes as the omicron wave is causing cases to spike once again, damaging public perceptions of Biden’s management of the pandemic, which was previously a strong point.
Biden claimed that the United States is “very different today than we were a year ago.”
“Even though we still have problems, 90% of the schools are open now. It was 98. It’s down to 90, but they’re open now because we spent the time and the money in the Recovery Act to provide for the ability for schools to remain open,” he added. “What we’re doing now is we talked about, you know, how we’re dealing with testing. Well, you know, we have been doing now, we’ve had 300 million tests per month so far, and that’s 11 million tests a day. In addition to that, we’re in the process of supporting 500 million new tests.”
“We’re going to be able to control this,” the president declared. “The new normal is not going to be what it is now. It’s going to be better.”