In his first seven days in office, a myriad of Joe Biden’s recent lies were exposed. All of these lies came directly from Biden’s mouth or those of his closest allies, just as their recent refutations flowed from his pen, mouth, and administration. In summary, here are three of the lies Biden relied upon to become president or to strengthen his political appearance—and here are three ways he contradicted them as soon as he became president.
Lie #1: Travel Bans Don’t Work
Following the announcement of Donald Trump’s ban on European travel, Biden tweeted the following on March 31, last year:
“A wall will not stop the coronavirus. Banning all travel from Europe — or any other part of the world — will not stop it. This disease could impact every nation and any person on the planet — and we need a plan to combat it.”
Trump’s ban on European travel expired just two days before Biden’s inauguration. Upon entering office, Biden quickly reinstated Trump’s order. In fact, Biden’s Press Secretary Jen Psaki criticized Trump for lifting the travel ban, citing the worsening of the pandemic and the emergence of new, more contagious variants of the virus. Psaki should remember that Trump was criticized by Biden for implementing a travel ban at a time when the pandemic was worsening, last year.
Lie #2: The Trump Administration Had “No Plan”
During the presidential debates, Biden stated outright that Trump had “no plan” to deal with the pandemic. This was a core critique of Trump put forward by the Biden-Harris ticket. Kamala Harris even emphasized this point, during the vice-presidential debate with Mike Pence. Yet, within days of entering office, the Biden administration directly stated that “there’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months.”
Lie #3: There Was No Vaccine Distribution Plan
On January 24, Biden’s Chief of Staff Ron Klain stated that Trump had no plan to distribute vaccines, “particularly outside of nursing homes and hospitals.” This was clearly meant to create a contrast between a chaotic Trump administration and the “science based” plan that the new Biden administration has repeatedly promised.
However, Klain’s statement was quickly contradicted by Dr. Anthony Fauci, who reminded Americans that “[w]e’re certainly not starting from scratch.” Fauci phrased his clarification diplomatically, by stating that the new administration is “coming in with fresh ideas, but also some ideas that were not bad ideas with the previous administration. You can’t say it was absolutely not usable at all.”
While Biden’s executive power grows through his unprecedented number of unilateral executive orders, the Washington Post recently decided that it will not fact-check the Biden administration with the same scrutiny it applied to the Trump administration. The Chicago Thinker, on the other hand, will continue to fact-check the new administration.