Mike Pence Tried To Defend An Administration That Doesn't Exist

Written by on October 7, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) had their first and solely debate on Wednesday night time. And for almost all of these 90 minutes, Pence lied and deflected his means out of robust questions in regards to the Trump administration’s mismanagement of the coronavirus, the tanking economic system, their assaults on well being care and the seriousness of local weather change.

President Donald Trump confronted questions on a few of these similar topics final week in his debate with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. However what was completely different this time round was that Pence confirmed what it seems like when somebody with out the impulsive mania of the president has to defend an administration’s report that’s all however indefensible.

As an alternative of speaking over his opponent, Pence discovered extra well mannered methods to keep away from answering for the administration’s errors.

In a single occasion, Pence tried to offset criticism of the White Home’s dealing with of the COVID-19 pandemic with an assault on Biden’s position in containing the swine flu in 2009 and 2010.

“We really do know what failure seems like in a pandemic,” Pence claimed. “It was 2009. Swine flu arrived in the US.”

There may be merely no comparability between the destruction wrought by COVID-19 and the H1N1 virus, generally known as swine flu. As Pence went on to confess, the swine flu killed fewer than 13,000 People in contrast with the greater than 211,000 who’ve died of COVID-19 and the 7.5 million who’ve examined constructive for the virus. As a result of H1N1 was far much less contagious, it additionally didn’t require a shutdown of the economic system and drastic modifications to People’ lifestyle. And, as but, there isn’t a vaccine for COVID-19.

On the economic system, Harris stated the Trump administration’s failure to answer the coronavirus has led to 1 in 5 companies closing and greater than 30 million People submitting for unemployment.

Trump measures the energy of the economic system “primarily based on how wealthy persons are doing,” Harris stated, “which is why he handed a tax invoice benefiting the highest 1% and the largest companies of America, resulting in a $2 trillion deficit that the American persons are going to need to pay for.”

Pence didn’t handle the nation’s struggling economic system and as an alternative accused Biden of attempting to “tax and spend and regulate and fail our means again to a rising economic system” when he was vice chairman.

“Regardless of what Sen. Harris says, the common American household of 4 had $2,000 in financial savings and taxes,” he stated, glossing over the truth that Trump has left the nation teetering on the sting of a recession.

Pence’s silence in response to laborious questions additionally spoke volumes. He pivoted to different points when requested about well being care.

“President Trump and I’ve a plan to enhance well being care and to guard preexisting circumstances for all People,” the vice chairman claimed, which is one thing Trump and Republicans have been saying for years however have by no means produced. Quite the opposite, the Trump administration is actively attempting to repeal the Reasonably priced Care Act, which greater than 20 million People depend on for well being care.

Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris at Wednesday's vice presidential debate Salt

Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris at Wednesday’s vice presidential debate Salt Lake Metropolis.

In different moments, Pence responded to Harris’s critiques of his administration’s governance with flat-out lies.

Harris recalled how Trump informed journalist Bob Woodward that he didn’t warn the general public in late January about how deadly the coronavirus was as a result of he “needed individuals to stay calm.”

“I wish to ask the American individuals: How calm have been you if you have been panicked about the place you have been going to get your subsequent roll of bathroom paper?” she requested. “How calm have been you when your youngsters have been despatched residence from faculty and also you didn’t know after they have been going to return? How calm have been you when your youngsters couldn’t see your dad and mom since you have been afraid you can kill them?”

Pence, who chairs the White Home’s coronavirus job power, denied that Trump ever hid any related details about the illness. However Woodward’s audio reveals Trump discussing the virus’s severity in early February, whilst he continued to downplay it publicly.

The vice chairman stated that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Ailments, had stated that “every little thing that he informed the president within the Oval Workplace, the president informed the American individuals.”

However that’s not fairly correct. Fauci stated in September that he “didn’t see any discrepancies” between his personal discussions with the president and what the president informed the general public. He didn’t dispel the concept that Trump misled the general public in regards to the nature of the menace.

When debate moderator Susan Web page requested Pence if he thinks local weather change is an existential menace, Pence ignored the query altogether.

“The local weather is altering,” stated the vice chairman, stating the apparent. “The problem is, what’s the trigger and what can we do about it? President Trump has made it clear that we’re going to proceed to hearken to the science.”

The science is obvious that local weather change is pushed by artifical greenhouse fuel emissions and that if it’s not technically an existential menace, it’s a catastrophic one. 

Pence tried to place the main target again on Harris and make her defend the Inexperienced New Deal, a progressive local weather coverage framework that proposes phasing out fossil fuels by 2035 and banning pure fuel fracking. Harris supported each insurance policies as a presidential candidate however has embraced Biden’s extra reasonable local weather agenda since becoming a member of his ticket.

She retorted that, in contrast to the Trump administration, a Biden administration would let information and science dictate its response to local weather change. Only a few weeks in the past, Trump baselessly questioned local weather science throughout a California wildfire briefing.

“We’ve seen a sample with this administration, which is that they don’t consider in science,” Harris stated. “Joe’s plan is about saying, ‘We’re going to take care of it, however we’re additionally going to create jobs.’”

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