There was an unintentionally amusing moment on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” yesterday, when Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel was trying to defend Donald Trump’s pandemic response. Following the president’s cues, the RNC chief made the case that when Trump misled the public about the seriousness of the threat, he was merely trying to prevent panic.
In reference to the president, McDaniel argued, “Think of what would have happened if he’d have gone out and said, ‘This is awful. We should all be afraid. We don’t have a plan.'”
The RNC chair may have admitted more than she’d intended with that one.
Nevertheless, as part of the same interview, McDaniel seemed eager to shift the focus away from Trump’s handling of the pandemic and toward Joe Biden’s handling of the pandemic. When NBC News’ Chuck Todd reminded the RNC chair that the Delaware Democrat is not actually the president, McDaniel said of Biden, “He was running for president, and he had the same data and the same information.”
For what it’s worth, Biden has been receiving intelligence briefings, but this was not the case in the early months of the year, as the coronavirus crisis first took root. Regardless, whether Biden had “the same data and the same information” or not, the fact remains that Biden has been a private citizen for nearly four years.