Right here is that clip, which opens with Tapper patiently stating that the “pandemic is uncontrolled.”
Meadows acknowledged what’s been apparent to these outdoors of the Trump regime for months, although he in all probability didn’t intend for the which means to come back throughout the way in which it did: “We’re not going to manage the pandemic.” Sure, most people at this level is aware of that the Trump administration is doing as little as potential to manage the pandemic that’s taken greater than 200,000 American lives and greater than one million worldwide. He continued: “We’re going to management the truth that we get vaccines, therapeutics and different mitigation areas—“
Tapper interjected right here, asking the plain query that we’ve been questioning since final winter: “Why not get management of the pandemic?”
Meadows, unable to withstand the flu comparability, stated, “As a result of it’s a contagious virus similar to the flu.”
“Yeah, however why not make efforts to comprise it?” Tapper requested, ever beholden to a logic that the Trump administration resists.
Meadows then claims, “Properly we’re making efforts to comprise it.”
And, unsurprisingly, Tapper calls out Pence, asking, “By operating all around the nation and never sporting a masks?” He acquired direct sufficient to even say: “That is what vice chairman is doing.”
“Let me simply say this,” Meadows acknowledged. “What we have to do is ensure that we have now the right mitigation components, whether or not it is therapies or vaccines or therapies, to ensure that folks do not die from this.” Then he introduced up the right-wing hysteria speaking level of a nationwide quarantine which has not truly been steered, and as my colleague, Hunter broke down months in the past, is unlikely to really occur anyway. Meadows stated: “However to recommend that we’re going to truly quarantine all of America…”
And Tapper reduce him off, stating, “Nobody’s saying that.”
Meadows continued a bit, saying, “Joe Biden’s saying that. He says, lock all people down. We’re gonna have a darkish winter. We’re gonna have a dark winter.”
“That’s what well being officers say,” Tapper countered. “It’s gonna worsen.”
“No, no, no,” Meadows stated. “That’s Joe Biden’s.”
On condition that our coronavirus instances proceed to skyrocket, a “darkish winter” definitely appears extra doubtless than a magic snap of the fingers to curtail a literal international pandemic. In any case, on Saturday, the nation reported the second-highest day of recent coronavirus instances because the pandemic began months in the past.
On the subject of the vice chairman, Meadows stated he spoke to Pence late final night time and that by way of campaigning, Pence “is sporting a masks, socially distancing and when he goes as much as converse he’ll take the masks off and put it again on. He’s sporting a masks because it pertains to this explicit factor as a result of the medical doctors have suggested him to do this.” In fact, we all know Pence has appeared in public without a mask up to now amid the pandemic.