Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Monday morning bluntly agreed with President Donald Trump’s decidedly ill-advised accusation that Biden would dare to “listen to the scientists” regarding the COVID-19 pandemic if he wins the election.
“…yes,” Biden tweeted in response to the Hill’s report on Trump’s remarks.
Rob Flaherty, the Biden campaign’s digital director, mocked the President’s misfire.
“Strong closing argument from our top surrogate,” he tweeted.
Biden campaign rapid response director Andrew Bates tweeted that Trump “just made our case for us yet again,” and later said in a statement that the President “tanked the strong economy he inherited from the Obama-Biden Administration by continually discounting and attacking warnings from the scientific and medical experts working around the clock to save lives.”
Rosemary Boeglin, another campaign spokesperon, jabbed at Trump’s “closing message” after eight months into a pandemic that “he’s let spin out of control.”
During a campaign rally in Carson City, Nevada, Trump bragged about ignoring science experts with regards to COVID-19 and bizarrely warned his supporters that his Democratic challenger would not do the same.
“He’ll listen to the scientists,” the President said in a mocking tone.
“If I listened totally to the scientists, we would right now have a country that would be in a massive depression,” he continued. “We’re like a rocket ship. Take a look at the numbers.”
Besides Trump’s remarks painting his opponent in a more positive light than he likely intended, they also flatly contradict the White House and the Trump campaign’s insistence that the President heeds scientists’ guidance on the pandemic despite holding rally after massive rally and frequently refusing to wear a mask.
White House spokesperson Sarah Matthews told the Washington Post as recently as Monday that Trump “has always listened to the advice of his top public health experts, who have diverse areas of expertise.”
After the Scientific American endorsed Biden last month, Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh similarly claimed that the President “has listened to the medical experts every step of the way to fight the coronavirus.”
And following Trump’s jaw-dropping assertion that COVID-19 could be cured by injecting oneself with disinfectant in April, White House spokesperson Judd Deere stated that “any suggestion that the President does not value scientific data or the important work of scientists throughout his time in office is patently false.”