According one of President Joe Biden’s closest advisers, the coronavirus pandemic was the best thing that could’ve ever happened to the man’s presidential campaign. Which, when you think about the staggering number of deaths that have resulted from the illness is a pretty sick thing to say.
But that doesn’t mean it isn’t true.
Anita Dunn made this particular comment in private to “an associate” but it is now being revealed in a brand new book which the Guardian managed to obtain a copy of. This particularly twisted little nugget was spoken when the United States was in the midst of its deepest struggle with rising death tolls, a battered economy, and a healthcare system that was on the brink of collapse.
The details are contained in Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes. It is the first major book on the 2020 election and is due to be published on March 2.
It describes how Dunn said, “COVID is the best thing that ever happened to him,” in comments the authors suggested “campaign officials believed but would never say in public.”
That private thinking reflects what many political analysts said at the time, that the rampant pandemic undermined then-President Donald Trump’s solid economic achievements and standing in national and battleground state opinion polls.
Dunn formerly worked as interim communications director for the White House back when Barack Obama was president in 2009. She then returned to working in the private sector. She once again took the role of communications director for Biden’s presidential campaign and was later appointed to be co-chairwoman of the Biden-Harris transition team.
Just last month she joined the White House as a senior adviser.
Gee. Wonderful people you’re surrounding yourself with, Joe.