AboutTrump.org (and Biden)

A free searchable database containing over 42,000 curated and sourced quotes by and about the 2020 presidential election candidates, Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Notice of Partial Site Archive:

On Jan. 20, 2021, Donald Trump’s presidency ended and Joe Biden became president. As of that date, this site contained over 42,000 sourced comments and quotes, with an estimated 92.4% by or about Trump, compared to 7.6% by or about Biden (see methodology).

This site is no longer being updated daily, but we may occasionally add quotes relating to Trump or Biden that seem relevant to the context of the Trump presidency.

Search Results for: coronavirus

8/2/2021

BORDER/COVID-19/VACCINE: “If I were President right now, with COVID raging back, people being shot and killed in record numbers all over our cities, and the Border totally open with criminals and heavily infected COVID people pouring through our Southern Border and into our communities, the Fake News Media would be having an absolute field day. When I left office law enforcement was supported like never before, the Border was strong, safe, and secure (the best ever!), and I got a highly effective [coronavirus] vaccine developed in less than 9 months (when it was supposed to take 5 years, or more!). Hopefully, people will NEVER FORGET!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, August 2, 2021

 

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7/27/2021

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: “We won’t go back. We won’t mask our children. Joe Biden and his Administration learned nothing from the last year. Brave Americans learned how to safely and responsibly live and fight back. Don’t surrender to COVID. Don’t go back! Why do Democrats distrust the science?Don’t let this happen to our children or our Country.”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, July 27, 2021

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7/18/2021

CORONAVIRUS/JOE BIDEN/VACCINES: “Joe Biden kept talking about how good of a job he’s doing on the distribution of the [coronavirus] Vaccine that was developed by Operation Warp Speed or, quite simply, the Trump Administration. He’s not doing well at all. He’s way behind schedule, and people are refusing to take the Vaccine because they don’t trust his Administration, they don’t trust the Election results, and they certainly don’t trust the Fake News, which is refusing to tell the Truth.”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, July 18, 2021

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7/11/2021

CORONAVIRUS/VACCINES: “For all of those finally realizing what a great job we did with respect to the [coronavirus] pandemic, including rapidly filling the cupboards that were left ‘bare’ by the previous administration, in both the Federal Government and States, please also remember that it was the Trump Administration that produced the vaccine in less than 9 months—many years ahead of anticipated schedule. Biden and his group just used our plan of distribution, which had started long before he took office. Without the vaccine, the entire World would have ended up like it was in 1917, the Spanish Flu, where as many as 100 million people died. While we get no credit for this from the Fake News Media, the people know—that’s why I got 75 million votes!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, July 11, 2021

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6/26/2021

2020 ELECTION/CORONAVIRUS/GREEN NEW DEAL/VACCINES: “Remember when they wouldn’t report that the [coronavirus] vaccine was effective before the election? Right after the election, oh, the big vaccine story, it was the greatest thing ever. But before, they wouldn’t report it, they wouldn’t report it. Blue state lockdowns don’t work, they didn’t want to talk about it. And our children should be back in school. They don’t want to talk about that either…

But the Green New Deal is a crime because it’s a total con job. Everybody knew this during the campaign, but the fake news media refused to talk about it because they will say and do anything to destroy our great MAGA movement, which is a movement based on strength and peace and law and order.”

-Donald Trump, “Donald Trump Wellington, Ohio Rally Speech Transcript: First Rally Since Leaving Office,” rev.com, June 27, 2021

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6/18/2021

CORONAVIRUS/JOE BIDEN/VACCINES: “When Biden tries to claim credit for [coronavirus] vaccine distribution, a distribution system that was set up by the Trump Administration, he should remember that if I didn’t purchase, very early on, billions of dollars worth of the vaccine, bottles, needles, and everything else that goes with it, he and his administration would not have been giving vaccinations until October or November of this year. So let them go on and on with their Fake Campaign and Fake Election results and Fake Media, but without the Trump Administration’s Operation Warp Speed, millions of people would be dying all over the World that will now be saved.”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, June 18, 2021

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6/10/2021

ANTHONY FAUCI/CHINA/CORONAVIRUS/WHO: “It is now unanimous, and I have been proven right (once again) that the initial World Health Organization Report on the Wuhan Lab was flawed and must be redone, this time by a truly transparent investigation. We were right about the China Virus from the beginning, and now the entire world sees it. This is why the Chinese Communist Party should pay $10 Trillion in global reparations for what they allowed to happen, the worst event in world history. Even here in the United States, the so-called experts like Dr. Fauci were wrong about the Wuhan Lab and China’s role the entire time. Just think how bad things would have gotten if I followed Dr. Fauci’s advice and never closed down travel from China (and other things)? Dr. Fauci likes to say that he is ‘science,’ when in fact he is merely science fiction!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, June 10, 2021

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6/5/2021

CHINA/CORONAVIRUS/TARIFFS: “The media, the Democrats, and the so-called experts are now finally admitting what I first said 13 months ago. The evidence demonstrates that the virus originated in a Chinese government lab. Couldn’t say it. You couldn’t say it…

The time has come for America and the world to demand reparations and accountability from the Communist Party of China. We should all declare within one unified voice that China must pay. They must pay. The United States should immediately take steps to phase in a firm 100% tariff on all goods made in China…

In addition, all nations should work together to present China a bill for a minimum of $10 trillion to compensate for the damage they’ve caused. That’s a very low number. The damage is far, far greater than that. As a first step, all countries should collectively cancel any debt they owe to China as a down payment on reparations. The nations of the world should no longer owe money to China. China has destroyed so many nations.”

-Donald Trump, “Donald Trump Speech Transcript at North Carolina GOP Convention Dinner June 5,” rev.com, June 5, 2021

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6/5/2021

CORONAVIRUS/VACCINE: “One thing we do get the credit for, from everybody, even the other side, although they try and disparage it as much as possible, was the [coronavirus] vaccine, coming up with a vaccine, but we did something else that people don’t talk about it. I made a bet and I shouldn’t call it a bet because maybe you say speculation, as opposed, but it was somewhat of a bet.

We bought billions and billions of dollars worth of vaccine and all forms of getting that vaccine into your body. The needles, the bottles, the whole thing. We bought millions and billions actually of dollars worth of the vaccine. And we saved a period of a year, maybe more, you wouldn’t have the vaccine right now.

This room would be empty because they would ask me to be here and I would say, ‘No, thank you.’ And you would say the same thing. This would be an empty room right now. And your state would be in a lot of trouble and the country would be in a lot of trouble because you wouldn’t have the vaccine until probably October. It might’ve even been later than that. And one of the things I’m most proud about is we did the vaccine, developed the vaccine, and I pushed the FDA…

We’ve saved millions and millions of lives and we’re very proud of it. And nobody can ever take it away from us because that’s something that’s very, very special.”

-Donald Trump, “Donald Trump Speech Transcript at North Carolina GOP Convention Dinner June 5,” rev.com, June 5, 2021

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6/5/2021

CHINA/CORONAVIRUS/INDIA/JOBS: “And before the [coronavirus] pandemic came into our shores, we were doing numbers. In history, there’s never been anything like it. Unemployment for everybody, for every group, everybody was the best it’s ever been. We’re up to 160 million people. We were never even close to a number like that.

And then we had this horrible thing come in from China. And we got that one right too, by the way, do you notice, you see what’s going on over the last, it’s called the lab, that was an easy one. Wuhan. But you had this horrible problem come in. And like every other country, we went down and they were saying how well India was, look how well India is doing. Well, India is not doing too well now. And we’ve done an incredible job. And most importantly, with the vaccine, coming up with it, but we’ve done an incredible job.”

-Donald Trump, “Donald Trump Speech Transcript at North Carolina GOP Convention Dinner June 5,” rev.com, June 5, 2021

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6/3/2021

ANTHONY FAUCI/CORONAVIRUS/VACCINES: “President Trump said it was ‘fortunate’ that he didn’t follow the advice of Dr. Anthony Fauci, following the release of thousands of Fauci’s emails as part of a FOIA request by Buzzfeed.

‘After seeing the emails, our Country is fortunate I didn’t do what Dr. Fauci wanted me to do,’ Trump said in a statement.

Fauci ‘didn’t put an emphasis on speed of [coronavirus] vaccine production because he thought it would take 3, 4, or maybe even 5 years to create,’ Trump said. ‘I got it done in less than nine months with Operation Warp Speed. In retrospect, the vaccine is saving the world.’”

-Zachary Evans, “Trump Says U.S. ‘Fortunate’ He Didn’t Follow Fauci’s Advice,” news.yahoo.com, June 3, 2021

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6/3/2021

ANTHONY FACUI/CHINA/CORONAVIRUS/VACCINES: “After seeing the emails, our Country is fortunate I didn’t do what Dr. Fauci wanted me to do. For instance, I closed our Borders to China very early despite his not wanting them closed. The Democrats and the Fake News Media even called me a ‘xenophobe.’ In the end, we saw this was a life-saving decision, and likewise with closing our borders to Europe, specifically to certain heavily infected countries. I was later given credit, even by ‘Tony,’ for saving hundreds of thousands of lives. Dr. Fauci also didn’t put an emphasis on speed of vaccine production because he thought it would take 3, 4, or maybe even 5 years to create. I got it done in less than 9 months with Operation Warp Speed. In retrospect, the vaccine is saving the world. Then, I placed the greatest bet in history. We ordered billions of dollars’ worth of vaccines before we knew it even worked. Had that not been done, our wonderful vaccines would not have been administered until October of this year. No one would’ve had the shot that has now saved the world and millions of lives!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, June 3, 2021

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6/3/2021

ANTHONY FACUI/CHINA/CORONAVIRUS: “Now everyone, even the so-called ‘enemy,’ are beginning to say that President Trump was right about the China Virus coming from the Wuhan Lab. The correspondence between Dr. Fauci and China speaks too loudly for anyone to ignore. China should pay Ten Trillion Dollars to America, and the World, for the death and destruction they have caused!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, June 3, 2021

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5/25/2021

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/MILITARY/VACCINES: “New United States COVID cases, because of the record-breaking development of the [coronavirus] vaccine and its early purchase and distribution by the Trump Administration, has hit its lowest level in more than one year, and falling fast. I want to thank all within the Trump Administration who pushed so hard for a vaccine and got it done in less than nine months when everybody was saying it would take at least 3-5 years, and probably not happen. Without the vaccine the world would be a much different place right now. Thank you also to the U.S. Military for its incredible distribution and logistical planning. Operation Warp Speed and our decision to purchase billions of dollars of vaccine before it was even approved, has been ‘One of the greatest miracles of the ages,’ according to many. Thank you!”

-Donald Trump, “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” donaldjtrump.com, May 25, 2021 9:10 am

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5/14/2021

ANTHONY FAUCI/CORONAVIRUS/VACCINES: “Isn’t it incredible that because of the [coronavirus] vaccines, which I and my Administration came up with years ahead of schedule (despite the fact that everybody, including Fauci, said would never happen), that we no longer need masks, and yet our names are not even mentioned in what everybody is calling the modern day miracle of the vaccines? Without the vaccines, this world would have been in for another 1917 Spanish Flu, where up to 100 million people died. Because of the vaccines we pushed and developed in record time, nothing like that will be even close to happening. Just a mention please! The Biden Administration had zero to do with it. All they did was continue our plan of distribution, which was working well right from the beginning!”

-Donald Trump, “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” donaldjtrump.com, May 14, 2021 8:55 am

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4/22/2021

CORONAVIRUS/VACCINES: “’I’m all in favor of the [coronavirus] vaccine,’ Trump said Thursday [Apr. 22, 2021]. ‘It’s one of the great achievements, a true miracle, and not only for the United States. We’re saving tens of millions of lives throughout the world. We’re saving entire countries.’

Speaking by telephone to Post columnist Michael Goodwin, Trump said he got his first shot before leaving the White House in January, and his second in Florida, where he now lives. Former First Lady Melania Trump also has been vaccinated, and neither had any adverse reactions.

‘Not even a bit of arm soreness,’ he said. ‘It’s pretty amazing stuff.'”

-Michael Goodwin, “Trump gives thumbs up on Post’s push for lifesaving COVID vaccine,” nypost.com, Apr. 22, 2021

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4/19/2021

CORONAVIRUS/VACCINES: “Okay I’ll give you a little breaking news. Pfizer is in with the FDA and what the FDA did with Johnson & Johnson [coronavirus vaccine], it’s so stupid. You know, they all want me to do a commercial cause a lot of our people [Republicans] don’t want to take vaccine. You know, I don’t know what that is exactly, Republican— I don’t know what it is.

I encourage them to take it, I do, but they want me to make a video… So here’s here’s the thing, they want me to do a commercial saying ‘take the vaccine.’ And they think that’s very important and I’d certainly do it.

But then I call them, I say, let me ask you a question. You just did something— Six people out of eight million people— Somebody said that Tylenol, women’s birth control, all caused far more— Six people experienced some difficulty. Six people and, that’s too bad, it’s terrible, but they they paused it.

That’s the worst thing you could have done from a public relations standpoint. They paused Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and it probably even affects the other vaccines a little bit, but they paused it, it’s had a devastating impact.

I said they want me to do a commercial, some commercial, and they do this pause. Now here’s your breaking news, they love Pfizer. They get along with Pfizer so well. And Pfizer doesn’t like me because i put favored nations on prescription drugs.”

-Donald Trump via Channel Plus, “Donald Trump Full Interview With Sean Hannity 4/19/21 – Fox Breaking Trump news, April 19, 21,” YouTube.com, Apr. 19, 2021

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4/17/2021

2020 ELECTION/CORONAVIRUS/VACCINES: “The New York Times examined survey and vaccine administration data for nearly every U.S. county and found that both willingness to receive a [coronavirus] vaccine and actual vaccination rates to date were lower, on average, in counties where a majority of residents voted to re-elect former President Donald J. Trump in 2020…

In more than 500 counties, at least a quarter of adults might not be willing to get vaccinated, according to the estimates, and a majority of these places supported Mr. Trump in the last election.

In the 10 states where the government projected that residents would be least hesitant to get a Covid-19 vaccine, voters chose Mr. Biden in the 2020 election. Mr. Trump won nine of the 10 states where the most residents said they would probably or definitely not get the vaccine. (He did not win Georgia, which is among those states.)”

-Danielle Ivory, Lauren Leatherby, and Robert Gebeloff, “Least Vaccinated U.S. Counties Have Something in Common: Trump Voters,” nytimes.com, Apr. 17, 2021

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4/13/2021

BIDEN ADMIN/CORONAVIRUS/FDA/VACCINES: “The Biden Administration did a terrible disservice to people throughout the world by allowing the FDA and CDC to call a ‘pause’ in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The results of this vaccine have been extraordinary but now it’s [sic] reputation will be permanently challenged. The people who have already taken the vaccine will be up in arms, and perhaps all of this was done for politics or perhaps it’s the FDA’s love for Pfizer.

The FDA, especially with long time bureaucrats within, has to be controlled. They should not be able to do such damage for possibly political reasons, or maybe because their friends at Pfizer have suggested it. They’ll do things like this to make themselves look important.

Remember, it was the FDA working with Pfizer, who announced the vaccine approval two days after the 2020 Presidential Election. They didn’t like me very much because I pushed them extremely hard.

But if I didn’t, you wouldn’t have a vaccine for 3-5 years, or maybe not at all. It takes them years to act! Do your testing, clean up the record, and get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine back online quickly. The only way we defeat the China Virus is with our great vaccines!”

-Donald Trump, “Trump bashes Biden administration for Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause,” nypost.com, Apr. 13, 2021

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4/9/2021

CORONAVIRUS/HHS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Trump appointees in the Health and Human Services department last year privately touted their efforts to block or alter scientists’ reports on the coronavirus to more closely align with then-President Donald Trump’s more optimistic messages about the outbreak, according to newly released documents from congressional investigators.

The documents provide further insight into how senior Trump officials approached last year’s explosion of coronavirus cases in the United States. Even as career government scientists worked to combat the virus, a cadre of Trump appointees were attempting to blunt the scientists’ messages, edit their findings and equip the president with an alternate set of talking points.”

-Dan Diamond, “Trump officials celebrated efforts to change CDC reports on coronavirus, emails show,” washingtonpost.com, Apr. 9, 2021

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3/29/2021

ANTHONY FAUCI/CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Dr. Birx is a proven liar with very little credibility left. Many of her [coronavirus] recommendations were viewed as ‘pseudo-science,’ and Dr. Fauci would always talk negatively about her and, in fact, would ask not to be in the same room with her. The States who followed her lead, like California, had worse outcomes on Covid, and ruined the lives of countless children because they couldn’t go to school, ruined many businesses, and an untold number of Americans who were killed by the lockdowns themselves. Dr. Birx was a terrible medical advisor, which is why I seldom followed her advice. Her motto should be ‘Do as I say, not as I do.’ Who can forget when Dr. Birx gave a huge mandate to the people of our Nation to not travel, and then traveled a great distance to see her family for Thanksgiving—only to have them call the police and turn her in? She then, embarrassingly for her, resigned.

Finally, Dr. Birx says she can’t hear very well, but I can. There was no ‘very difficult’ phone call, other than Dr. Birx’s policies that would have led us directly into a COVID caused depression. She was a very negative voice who didn’t have the right answers. Time has proven me correct. I only kept Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx on because they worked for the U.S. government for so long—they are like a bad habit!”

-Donald Trump, “Full text of Trump’s statement on Fauci, Birx,” bostonherald.com, Mar. 29, 2021

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3/29/2021

ANTHONY FAUCI/CORONAVIRUS/VACCINES: “In a fake interview last night on CNN, Dr. Fauci, who said he was an athlete in college but couldn’t throw a baseball even close to home plate, it was a ‘roller,’ tried to take credit for the [coronavirus] vaccine, when in fact he said it would take three to five years, and probably longer, to have it approved. Dr. Fauci was incapable of pressing the FDA to move it through faster. I was the one to get it done, and even the fake news media knows and reports this.

Dr. Fauci is also the king of ‘flip-flops’ and moving the goalposts to make himself look as good as possible. He fought me so hard because he wanted to keep our country open to countries like China. I closed it against his strong recommendation, which saved many lives. Dr. Fauci also said we didn’t need to wear masks, then a few months later he said we needed to wear masks, and now, two or three of them. Fauci spent U.S. money on the Wuhan lab in China—and we now know how that worked out.”

-Donald Trump, “Full text of Trump’s statement on Fauci, Birx,” bostonherald.com, Mar. 29, 2021

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3/29/2021

ANTHONY FAUCI/CORONAVIRUS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Based on their interviews, I felt it was time to speak up about Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx, two self-promoters trying to reinvent history to cover for their bad instincts and faulty recommendations, which I fortunately almost always overturned. They had bad [coronavirus] policy decisions that would have left our country open to China and others, closed to reopening our economy, and years away from an approved vaccine—putting millions of lives at risk.

We developed American vaccines by an American President in record time, nine months, which is saving the entire world. We bought billions of dollars of these vaccines on a calculated bet that they would work, perhaps the most important bet in the history of the world. Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx moved far too slowly, and if it were up to them we’d currently be locked in our basements as our country suffered through a financial depression. Families, and children in particular, would be suffering the mental strains of this disaster like never before.”

-Donald Trump, “Full text of Trump’s statement on Fauci, Birx,” bostonherald.com, Mar. 29, 2021

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3/28/2021

CORONAVIRUS/TRUMP ADMIN/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator in the Trump administration… said the Trump administration could have prevented hundreds of thousands of Covid-19 deaths had it acted more forcefully to mitigate the pandemic.

‘I look at it this way: The first time, we have an excuse. There were about 100,000 deaths that came from that original surge,’ Birx said. ‘All of the rest of them, in my mind, could have been mitigated or decreased substantially.’”

-Allan Smith, “Birx recalls ‘very difficult’ call with Trump, says hundreds of thousands of Covid deaths were preventable,” nbcnews.com, Mar. 28, 2021

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3/22/2021

ANTHONY FAUCI/CORONAVIRUS: “Former President Donald Trump on Monday [Mar. 22, 2021] spoke candidly about his time working with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the US’s leading infectious-disease expert who served on Trump’s White House coronavirus task force.

‘I thought rather than firing him, you know, I listened to him, but I didn’t do what he said because frankly his record is not a good record,’ Trump said on ‘The Truth with Lisa Boothe’ podcast…

‘Fauci’s been so wrong,’ Trump told Boothe. ‘Very importantly, he didn’t want to have China stopped from coming in. If we would’ve done that, we would’ve had hundreds of thousands of more deaths in our country.’”

-Oma Seddiq, “Trump said he ‘listened’ to Dr. Anthony Fauci on how to handle the coronavirus pandemic but ‘didn’t do what he said,’” businessinsider.com, Mar. 22, 2021

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3/16/2021

CORONAVIRUS/VACCINES/TRUMP POST-PRESIDENCY: “Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday [Mar. 16, 2021] urged supporters to get their coronavirus vaccines, extolling it as a ‘great’ and ‘safe’ vaccine and noting that many of his followers are reluctant to be inoculated.

Asked by Fox News host Maria Bartiromo during a phone interview if he would recommend a vaccine, Trump replied, ‘I would, I would recommend it to a lot of people who don’t want to get it.’”

-Andrew Solender, “‘It’s Something That Works’: Trump Urges Distrustful Supporters To Get Vaccine,” forbes.com, Mar. 16, 2021

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3/16/2021

CORONAVIRUS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VACCINES: “I would recommend it [the coronavirus vaccine], and I would recommend it to a lot of people that don’t want to get it, and I lot of those people voted for me frankly. But again, we have our freedoms and we have to live by that and I agree with that also. But it’s a great vaccine, and it is a safe vaccine and it is something that works.

We have been working around the clock and what I got the FDA to do, this would have happened in many, many years from now if I didn’t get involved, and if we didn’t get involved.”

-Donald Trump, “Trump touts vaccine, slams Biden border crisis, discusses possible 2024 run in Fox News exclusive,” video.foxnews.com, Mar. 16, 2021

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3/16/2021

CORONAVIRUS/JOE BIDEN/VACCINE: “We gave up to 1.3 million [coronavirus vaccine] shots a day before he [Biden] even took over. And one thing we did, we took a big bet on this, we started manufacturing the vaccine before we really knew it worked. We saved many, many months and millions of lives because you wouldn’t have the vaccine right now if we didn’t take that chance. We knew what we were doing…

It works incredibly well. 95%, maybe even more than that, it works incredibly well. And it is really saving our country and it is saving frankly the world.”

-Donald Trump, “Trump touts vaccine, slams Biden border crisis, discusses possible 2024 run in Fox News exclusive,” video.foxnews.com, Mar. 16, 2021

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3/16/2021

CORONAVIRUS/FDA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VACCINES: “When you took a look at all of the things and then when you add the fact that I was the one — this administration was the one– that came up with the [coronavirus] vaccine, which is going to save the world, okay? It’s going to save– we would be I think worse than 1917 where 50 to 100 million people died. The vaccine is such big thing…

What I did with the FDA is I forced them to move quickly and we got the vaccine done in nine months instead of five years. I don’t think it would have ever been done [under Biden], frankly, because according to their rules and regulations, they never would have had it. But we got the vaccine done.”

-Donald Trump, “Trump touts vaccine, slams Biden border crisis, discusses possible 2024 run in Fox News exclusive,” video.foxnews.com, Mar. 16, 2021

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3/16/2021

CORONAVIRUS/TRUMP BUSINESS/VACCINES: “Trump Tower [in Chicago] somehow vaccinated its staff members against coronavirus — and the city’s health department is looking into what happened.

A vaccination provider came to the luxury tower — which serves condo residents and hotel guests — last week to vaccinate staff through an event organized by tower management, multiple sources told Block Club. Hotel and tower residence staff members are not eligible to be vaccinated yet…

A Department of Public Health spokesman said they’ve reached out to Trump Tower to find out how the vaccination event occurred.”

-Kelly Bauer, Stephanie Lulay, and Bob Chiarito, “Trump Tower Vaccinated Staff At Luxury Hotel, Saying It Was Part Of Program Meant To Help Hard-Hit South And West Sides,” blockclubchicago.org, Mar. 16, 2021

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3/16/2021

CORONAVIRUS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Dr. Deborah Birx said Monday [Mar. 15, 2021] that military protocol prevented her from publicly questioning then-President Donald Trump’s dubious suggestion that injections of disinfectant could fight Covid-19

‘You can see how extraordinarily uncomfortable I was,’ Birx said in a new interview with ABC News…

A former U.S. Army physician, Birx said she’s long been trained not to show up a commander, no matter how outlandish a statement was being made.”

-David K. Li, “Birx on Trump’s disinfectant proposal for Covid: ‘I didn’t know how to handle that episode,'” nbcnews.com, Mar. 16, 2021

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3/15/2021

ANTHONY FAUCI/CORONAVIRUS/VACCINES: “On Sunday [Mar. 14, 2021], Dr. Anthony Fauci said it ‘would make all the difference in the world’ if Trump would participate in a [coronavirus] vaccination campaign aimed at his followers.

‘He’s such a strongly popular person. I cannot imagine that if he comes out that they would not get vaccinated,’ Fauci said on ‘Fox News Sunday.’ ‘It would be very helpful to the effort for that to happen.’”

-Maureen Groppe, “All living ex-U.S. presidents, except Trump, appear in ad touting COVID-19 vaccine,” usatoday.com, Mar. 15, 2021

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3/15/2021

CDC/CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/TRUMP ADMIN: “Federal health officials have identified several controversial [coronavirus] pandemic recommendations released during the Donald Trump administration that they say were ‘not primarily authored’ by staff and don’t reflect the best scientific evidence, based on a review ordered by its new director…

One, released in July, delivered a strong argument for school reopenings and downplayed health risks. A second set of guidelines about the country’s reopening was released in April by the White House and was far less detailed than what had been drafted by the CDC and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A third guidance issued in August discouraged the testing of people without covid-19 symptoms even when they had contact with infected individuals.”

-Lena H. Sun, “CDC identifies public-health guidance from the Trump administration that downplayed pandemic severity,” washingtonpost.com, Mar. 15, 2021

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3/15/2021

CORONAVIRUS/TRUMP ADMIN/VACCINES: “A senior [Trump] administration official told Vanity Fair that staff from across the administration had ‘shamelessly’ attempted to jump ahead in line to get a [coronavirus] vaccine during the chaotic distribution earlier this year.

The outlet reported that former officials likened the effort to first-class passengers aboard the Titanic shoving others out of the way to get to the lifeboats…

The secret clamber for a COVID-19 vaccine came as then-President Donald Trump tweeted in mid-December that White House staff would be vaccinated ‘somewhat later in the program, unless specifically necessary.'”

-Lauren Frias, “Trump staffers, even those who worked for officials who publicly flouted coronavirus safety guidelines, were secretly scrambling for a COVID-19 vaccine: report,” businessinsider.com, Mar. 15, 2021 

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3/11/2021

CORONAVIRUS/COVID/FEDERAL FUNDING/LEGISLATION: “American Rescue Plan, 2021 [H.R.1319]

[Signed into law by Joe Biden on Mar. 11, 2021]

The first relief bill from the Biden presidency includes $1.9 trillion in total spending. The package has $1,400 stimulus checks, money for schools to reopen, and billions for vaccine distribution and development.

The bill will be the second largest COVID-19 package after the CARES Act [signed by Donald Trump on Mar. 27, 2020].”

-Nicholas Wu and Javier Zarracina, “All of the COVID-19 stimulus bills, visualized,” usatoday.com, Mar. 11, 2021

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3/11/2021

CORONAVIRUS/JOE BIDEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A year ago, we were hit with a virus that was met with silence and spread unchecked. Denials for days, weeks, then months that led to more deaths, more infections, more stress and more loneliness.”

-Joe Biden, “President Joe Biden Speech on Anniversary of COVID-19 Shutdown Transcript March 11,” rev.com, Mar. 11, 2021

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3/10/2021

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/VACCINES: “I hope everyone remembers when they’re getting the COVID-19 (often referred to as the China Virus) Vaccine, that if I wasn’t President, you wouldn’t be getting that beautiful ‘shot’ for 5 years, at best, and probably wouldn’t be getting it at all. I hope everyone remembers!”

-Donald Trump as quoted by Sam Dorman, “Trump takes credit for ‘china virus’ vaccine: ‘I hope everyone remembers!’,” foxnews.com, Mar. 10, 2021

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3/4/2021

2020 ELECTION/CORONAVIRUS/GEORGIA/MITCH MCCONNELL: “To set the record straight, there were two reasons the Senate races were lost in Georgia. First, Republicans did not turn out to vote because they were so angry and disappointed with Georgia Republican leadership and Governor Kemp for failing to stand up to Stacey Abrams and the disastrous Consent Decree that virtually eliminated signature verification requirements across the state (and much worse), and was not approved by the State Legislature as required by the Constitution—having a major impact on the result, a rigged election. Second, Senator Mitch McConnell’s refusal to go above $600 per person on the [coronavirus] stimulus check payments when the two Democrat opponents were touting $2,000 per person in ad after ad. This latter point was used against our Senators and the $2,000 will be approved anyway by the Democrats who bought the Georgia election—and McConnell let them do it!

Even more stupidly, the National Republican Senatorial Committee spent millions of dollars on ineffective TV ads starring Mitch McConnell, the most unpopular politician in the country, who only won in Kentucky because President Trump endorsed him. He would have lost badly without this endorsement.”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, Mar. 4, 2021

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3/2/2021

CORONAVIRUS/VACCINES: “Former President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump received coronavirus vaccines in early January on the advice of doctors, according to a Trump adviser speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the ex-president’s medical history…

Aides did not disclose why Trump was vaccinated in secret.”

-Matthew Brown and David Jackson, “Donald Trump, Melania Trump secretly received COVID-19 vaccine in January,” usatoday.com, Mar. 2, 2021

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2/28/2021

CORONAVIRUS/DEMS/ELECTIONS/VOTING: “Another one of the most urgent issues facing the Republican party is that of ensuring fair, honest and secure elections. Such a disgrace, such a disgrace, such a disgrace. We must pass comprehensive election reforms, and we must do it now.

The Democrats used the China virus as an excuse to change all of the election rules without the approval of their state legislatures, making it therefore illegal and had a massive impact on the election. Again, you have to go to the legislatures to get these approvals. This alone would have easily changed the outcome of the election at levels that you wouldn’t have even believed. Even with COVID, even with all of the things, the numbers are staggering. We can never let this or other abuses of the 2020 election be repeated or happen again, can never let that happen again…

But the reality is you cannot have a situation where ballots are indiscriminately pouring in from all over the country, tens of millions of ballots. Where are they coming from? They’re coming all over the place, where illegal aliens and dead people are voting, and many other horrible things are happening that are too voluminous to even mention, but people know.”

-Donald Trump via Reuters, “LIVE: President Donald Trump speaks at CPAC – full speech,” youtube.com, Feb. 28, 2021

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2/28/2021

CORONAVIRUS/TRUMP ADMIN/VACCINES: “Any article you read said it couldn’t be done. It would be years and years [to make a coronavirus vaccine]. I handed the new administration what everyone is now calling a modern day medical miracle. Some say, it’s the greatest thing to happen in hundreds of years, two vaccines produced in record time with numerous others on the way…

What the Trump administration has done with vaccines has in many respects, perhaps saved large portions of the world. Not only our country, but large portions of the world.”

-Donald Trump via Reuters, “LIVE: President Donald Trump speaks at CPAC – full speech,” youtube.com, Feb. 28, 2021

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2/22/2021

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: “The United States reached a staggering milestone on Monday, surpassing 500,000 known coronavirus-related deaths in a pandemic that has lasted almost a year. The nation’s total virus toll is higher than in any other country in the world. It has far surpassed early predictions of loss by some federal experts. And it means that more Americans have died from Covid-19 than did on the battlefields of World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined.”

-Lucy Tompkins, Mitch Smith, Julie Bosman, and Bryan Pietsch, “Entering uncharted territory, the U.S. counts 500,000 Covid-related deaths.,” nytimes.com, Feb. 22, 2021

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2/17/2021

CORONAVIRUS/JOE BIDEN: “I saw that he [Joe Biden] said that there was no [coronavirus] vaccine when he came into office, and yet had got a shot before he came into office. And it was already in early November when we announced it, but we actually had it substantially before that and we were giving millions of shots and millions of doses. So he was either not telling the truth, or he’s mentally gone. One or the other.“

-Donald Trump, “Donald Trump to Newsmax TV: Rush Was Unique, Great Friend,” newsmax.xom, Feb. 17, 2021

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2/16/2021

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/ECONOMY: “Prior to the [coronavirus] pandemic, we produced the greatest economy and jobs numbers in the history of our Country, and likewise, our economic recovery after Covid was the best in the world. We cut taxes and regulations, rebuilt our military, took care of our Vets, became energy independent, built the wall and stopped the massive inflow of illegals into our Country, and so much more. And now, illegals are pouring in, pipelines are being stopped, taxes will be going up, and we will no longer be energy independent.”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” Feb. 16, 2021

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2/11/2021

CORONAVIRUS/TRUMP’S HEALTH: “Then-President Trump was sicker than previously reported when he was rushed to Walter Reed Hospital for treatment for the coronavirus last fall, The New York Times reported Thursday [Feb. 11, 2021].

At the time of his hospitalization, Trump had severely depressed blood oxygen levels and officials were concerned he would have to be placed on a ventilator, according to the Times, citing two people familiar with his condition. He was determined to have lung infiltrates, or substances such as fluid or bacteria inflaming the lungs.

Trump was previously reported to be struggling to breathe and running a fever Oct. 2, when he was taken to the hospital. The then-president had participated in the first presidential debate two days before his diagnosis was made public, and it remains unclear whether he had transmitted the virus by that point.”

-Zack Budryk, “Trump’s condition during hospitalization was worse than acknowledged: NYT,” thehill.com, Feb. 11, 2021

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1/20/2021

CORONAVIRUS/RACISM/TERRORISM: “We will press forward with speed and urgency, for we have much to do in this winter of peril and possibility…

Few periods in our nation’s history have been more challenging or difficult than the one we’re in now. A once-in-a-century virus silently stalks the country. It’s taken as many lives in one year as America lost in all of World War II. Millions of jobs have been lost. Hundreds of thousands of businesses closed.

A cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making moves us. The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer.

A cry for survival comes from the planet itself. A cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear.

And now, a rise in political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.

To overcome these challenges – to restore the soul and to secure the future of America – requires more than words.

It requires that most elusive of things in a democracy: Unity.”

-Joe Biden, “Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.,” whitehouse.gov, Jan. 20, 2021

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1/20/2021

CORONAVIRUS: “The first thing we have to do is pay our respects and our love to the incredible people and families who’ve suffered so gravely from the China Virus. It’s a horrible thing that was put onto the world. We all know where it came from, but it’s a horrible, horrible thing. So be very careful, be very, very careful. But we want to pay a great love, great love to all of the people that have suffered, including families who have suffered so gravely. So with that, I just want to say you are amazing people. This is a great, great country. It is my greatest honor and privilege to have been your president.”

-Donald Trump via PBS NewsHour, “WATCH: Donald and Melania Trump say goodbye in final remarks of his presidency,” YouTube.com, Jan. 20, 2021

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1/20/2021

CORONAVIRUS/VACCINES: “We did something that is a really considered a medical miracle. They’re calling it a miracle. And that was the [coronavirus] vaccine. We got the vaccine developed in nine months instead of nine years, or five years, or 10 years, or a long time. It was supposed to take a long time, many, many years to develop a vaccine. We have two out, we have another one coming almost immediately, and it really is a great achievement…

And I can only say this. We have worked hard. We’ve left it all, as the athletes would say, we’ve left it all on the field. We don’t have to come and say— We’ll never say in a month, when we’re sitting in Florida, we’re not going to be looking at each other and saying, ‘You know, if we only worked a little bit harder.’ You can’t work harder.”

-Donald Trump via PBS NewsHour, “WATCH: Donald and Melania Trump say goodbye in final remarks of his presidency,” YouTube.com, Jan. 20, 2021

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1/20/2021

CORONAVIRUS/ECONOMY: “We got hit [by coronavirus]. Nobody blames us for that. The whole world got hit, and then we built it again. And now the stock market is actually substantially higher than it was at its higher point prior to the pandemic…

Remember us because I’m looking at elements of our economy that are set to be a rocket ship up. It’s a rocket ship up. We have the greatest country in the world. We have the greatest economy in the world. And as bad as the pandemic was, we were hit so hard just like the entire world was hit so hard. Places that thought they got away with it, didn’t get away with it. They’re suffering right now.”

-Donald Trump via PBS NewsHour, “WATCH: Donald and Melania Trump say goodbye in final remarks of his presidency,” YouTube.com, Jan. 20, 2021

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1/20/2021

TRUMP POST-PRESIDENCY: “His presidency over, Donald Trump said farewell to Washington on Wednesday [Jan. 20, 2021] but also hinted about a comeback despite a legacy of chaos, tumult and bitter divisions in the country he led for four years.

‘So just a goodbye. We love you,’ Trump told supporters at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland where he walked across a red carpet and boarded Air Force One to head to Florida. ‘We will be back in some form.’…

Speaking without notes, Trump said his presidency was an ‘incredible four years.’…

‘It’s been something very special. We’ve accomplished a lot,’ Trump said, citing the installation of conservative judges, creation of the space force, development of coronavirus vaccines and management of a robust pre-pandemic economy. ‘I hope they don’t raise your taxes, but if they do, I told you so,’ he said of the Biden administration…

‘I will always fight for you,’ he told the crowd. ‘I will be watching. I will be listening.'”

-Associated Press, Eric Spillman, “Refusing to participate in Biden inauguration, Trump in departure tells backers he will return in ‘some form,’” ktla.com, Jan. 20, 2021

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1/19/2021

CORONAVIRUS: “The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed 400,000 on Tuesday in the waning hours in office for President Donald Trump, whose handling of the crisis has been judged by public health experts a singular failure.

The running total of lives lost, as compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is nearly equal to the number of Americans killed in World II…

It took four months to reach the first 100,000 dead. It took just over a month to go from 300,000 to 400,000.”

-Associated Press, “U.S. coronavirus death toll surpasses 400,000 in final hours of Trump presidency,” ktla.com, Jan. 19, 2021

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1/19/2021

CORONAVIRUS/VACCINES: “When our nation was hit with the terrible pandemic, we produced not one, but two [coronavirus] vaccines with record-breaking speed, and more will quickly follow. They said it couldn’t be done but we did it. They call it a ‘medical miracle,’ and that’s what they’re calling it right now: a ‘medical miracle.’

Another administration would have taken 3, 4, 5, maybe even up to 10 years to develop a vaccine. We did in nine months.

We grieve for every life lost, and we pledge in their memory to wipe out this horrible pandemic once and for all.”

-Donald Trump, “Remarks by President Trump In Farewell Address to the Nation,” whitehouse.gov, Jan. 19, 2021

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1/19/2021

CORONAVIRUS/JOE BIDEN: “To heal, we must remember. It’s hard sometimes to remember, but that’s how we heal. It’s important to do that as a nation. That’s why we’re here today. Between sundown and dusk, let us shine the lights in the darkness, along the sacred pool of reflection, and remember all whom we lost [to coronavirus].”

-Joe Biden via PBS NewsHour, “WATCH LIVE: Biden, Harris speak at memorial to COVID-19 victims ahead of inauguration,” YouTube.com, Jan. 19, 2021

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1/19/2021

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/JOE BIDEN: Tonight, in Washington, D.C. and across the nation, we came together to honor the over 400,000 Americans we’ve lost to COVID-19. The last year has tested us in unimaginable ways, but now it’s time we begin to heal and overcome — together.

Joe Biden, Twitter.com, January 19, 2021 4:20 pm

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1/19/2021

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: “On Tuesday [Jan. 19, 2021], the last full day of Donald Trump’s presidency, the official [coronavirus] death count reached 400,000 — a once-unthinkable number. More than 100,000 Americans have perished in the pandemic in just the past five weeks.

In the U.S., someone now dies from COVID-19 every 26 seconds.”

-Will Stone, “As Death Rate Accelerates, U.S. Records 400,000 Lives Lost To The Coronavirus,” npr.org, Jan. 19, 2021

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1/19/2021

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/JOE BIDEN: Join us for a national moment of unity and remembrance in honor of the 400,000 Americans we’ve lost due to COVID-19.

https://t.co/0BW7AQLxUx?amp=1″

Joe Biden, Twitter.com, January 19, 2021 11:09 am

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1/18/2021

CORONAVIRUS/IMPEACHMENT/JOE BIDEN: “The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States is going to look vastly different than those of his predecessors, given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and heightened security concerns after a mob of pro-Trump extremists violently breached the U.S. Capitol two weeks ago.

There will be no throngs of people massed beneath a platform at the Capitol. Also absent will be President Trump, who’s skipping town early…

Trump, who was impeached by the House of Representatives last week for inciting his supporters to storm the Capitol while lawmakers worked to certify Biden’s election victory, is breaking with 150 years of tradition by not joining Biden at the event. It’s customary for an outgoing president and other former presidents to sit behind a new president, symbolizing the peaceful transfer of power.

Biden called Trump’s decision not to attend ‘one of the few things he and I have ever agreed on.'”

-Barbara Sprunt, “Biden’s Inauguration Is Going To Look Very Different. Here’s What To Know,” npr.org, Jan. 18, 2021

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1/17/2021

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/JOE BIDEN: I know masks have become a partisan issue — but it’s a patriotic act. Experts say wearing a mask from now until April will save more than 50,000 lives.

Joe Biden, Twitter.com, January 17, 2021 7:50 am

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1/16/2021

BIDEN-HARRIS ADMIN/CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/JOE BIDEN/VACCINES: To get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible, we need more clinics across the nation. That’s why my administration will harness the full resources of the federal government to establish thousands of community vaccination centers.

Joe Biden, Twitter.com, January 16, 2021 10:55 am

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1/16/2021

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/JOE BIDEN/VACCINES: Getting America vaccinated will be one of the most challenging operational efforts ever undertaken. But you have my word that we will manage the hell out of this operation.

Joe Biden, Twitter.com, January 16, 2021 5:30 am

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1/15/2021

CORONAVIRUS/TRUMP ADMIN/VACCINES: “As I’ve said before, we will use the Defense Production Act to work with private industry to accelerate the making of materials needed to supply and administer the [coronavirus] vaccine, from tubes and syringes to protective equipment…

As we made clear earlier this month, the Trump administration policy of holding back close to half of the supply did not make sense.

My administration will release the vast majority of the vaccines when they are available, so more people can get vaccinated quickly, while still retaining a small reserve for any unforeseen shortages or delays.

Let me be clear: we are not changing the FDA’s recommended dosing schedule. We believe it is critical that everyone should get two doses within that FDA recommended timeframe.”

-Joe Biden, “Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by President-elect Joe Biden on the COVID-19 Vaccine Plan in Wilmington, Delaware,” buildbackbetter.gov, Jan. 15, 2021

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1/15/2021

CORONAVIRUS/VACCINES: “By the end of our first month in office, we will have 100 federally-supported centers across the nation that will ultimately vaccinate millions of people [against coronavirus]…

Within the first month of our administration, we will deploy mobile clinics. We will partner with community health centers, and local primary care doctors to offer vaccines to hard-to-reach communities in cities, small towns, and rural communities.”

-Joe Biden, “Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by President-elect Joe Biden on the COVID-19 Vaccine Plan in Wilmington, Delaware,” buildbackbetter.gov, Jan. 15, 2021

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1/15/2021

CORONAVIRUS/VACCINES: “If you were to ask most people today, they couldn’t tell you who exactly should be getting vaccinated.

What they do know is there are tens of millions of doses of [coronavirus] vaccines sitting unused in a freezer, while people who want and need the vaccine can’t get it.

We’ll fix the problem by encouraging states to allow more people to get vaccinated beyond health care workers and move through these groups as quickly as states think they can.

That includes anyone 65 and older — a population that has accounted for 80% of the deaths to date.”

-Joe Biden, “Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by President-elect Joe Biden on the COVID-19 Vaccine Plan in Wilmington, Delaware,” buildbackbetter.gov, Jan. 15, 2021

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1/15/2021

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/JOBS/JOE BIDEN: We not only have an economic imperative to act now, we have a moral obligation.

In this pandemic, in America, we cannot let people go hungry. We cannot let people get evicted. We cannot watch nurses and educators lose their jobs.

Joe Biden, Twitter.com, January 15, 2021 2:40 pm

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1/15/2021

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/JOE BIDEN/VACCINES: My administration will move Heaven and Earth to:

– Allow more people to get vaccinated

– Create more places for them to get vaccinated

– Mobilize more medical teams to get shots in arms

– Increase vaccine supply and get it out the door as soon as possible

Joe Biden, Twitter.com, January 15, 2021 8:02 am

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1/14/2021

CORONAVIRUS/ECONOMY/JOBS/JOE BIDEN: “Our [coronavirus] rescue plan also includes immediate relief for Americans hardest hit and most in need.

We will finish the job of getting a total of $2,000 in direct relief to people who need it the most.

$600 is simply not enough if you still have to choose between paying rent and putting food on the table…

We will also provide more peace of mind for struggling families by extending unemployment insurance benefits for millions of workers.

That means that the 18 million Americans currently relying on unemployment benefits
while they look for work can count on these checks continuing to be there. Plus, there will be a $400 per week supplement to help make ends meet.”

-Joe Biden, “Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by President-elect Joe Biden on the American Rescue Plan and Build Back Better Recovery Plan in Wilmington, Delaware,” buildbackbetter.gov, Jan. 14, 2021

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1/14/2021

CORONAVIRUS/VACCINES: “The [coronavirus] vaccines offer so much hope… But, the vaccine rollout in the United States has been a dismal failure thus far.

Tomorrow, I will lay out our vaccination plan to correct course and meet our goal of 100 million shots by the end of our first 100 days.

This will be one of the most challenging operational efforts we have ever undertaken as a nation.

We will move Heaven and Earth to get more people vaccinated, to create more places for them to get vaccinated, to mobilize more medical teams to get shots in peoples’ arms, and to increase vaccine supply and get it out the door as fast as possible.”

-Joe Biden, “Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by President-elect Joe Biden on the American Rescue Plan and Build Back Better Recovery Plan in Wilmington, Delaware,” buildbackbetter.gov, Jan. 14, 2021

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1/14/2021

CORONAVIRUS: “It’s been three hundred and forty-three days since the [coronavirus] that has ravaged our nation tragically claimed its first life…

Almost exactly one year later, nearly 400,000 of our fellow Americans have met the same cruel fate. Countless families and friends left behind, with unrelenting grief and guilt, anger and frustration. And the emptiness felt by the loss of life is compounded by the loss of our way of life…

A crisis of deep human suffering in plain sight.

And there is no time to wait.

We have to act and act now.”

-Joe Biden, “Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by President-elect Joe Biden on the American Rescue Plan and Build Back Better Recovery Plan in Wilmington, Delaware,” buildbackbetter.gov, Jan. 14, 2021

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1/14/2021

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/ECONOMY/JOE BIDEN: We have no time to waste when it comes to getting this virus under control and building our economy back better. Tune in as I announce my American Rescue Plan.

https://t.co/4YAg0nhJMn?amp=1″

Joe Biden, Twitter.com, January 14, 2021 1:16 pm

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1/14/2021

CORONAVIRUS/VACCINES: “Here’s the deal — the more people we vaccinate [from coronavirus], and the faster we do it, the sooner we can save lives put this pandemic behind us and get back to our lives and loved ones.

The sooner we can rescue and rebuild our economy.”

-Joe Biden, “Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by President-elect Joe Biden on the American Rescue Plan and Build Back Better Recovery Plan in Wilmington, Delaware,” buildbackbetter.gov, Jan. 14, 2021

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1/14/2021

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/CRISIS/ECONOMY/JOE BIDEN/RACISM: We need to tackle the public health and economic crises we’re facing head-on. That’s why today, I’m announcing my American Rescue Plan. Together we’ll change the course of the pandemic, build a bridge toward economic recovery, and invest in racial justice.

https://t.co/UzGFZY7Jhp?amp=1″

Joe Biden, Twitter.com, January 14, 2021 11:44 am

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1/13/2021

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/CRISIS/ECONOMY/JOE BIDEN/MEDIA/VACCINES: We’re in the teeth of this crisis, and we need to take immediate action to get the virus under control. That’s why tomorrow, I’ll be laying out my vaccination and economic rescue package to beat COVID-19 and build back better. RT @CNN

The US reported its highest daily number of Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday with more than 4,320 fatalities attributed to the virus.”

Joe Biden, Twitter.com, January 13, 2021 4:48 pm

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1/13/2021

CORONAVIRUS/SOCIAL MEDIA: “The efforts to censor, cancel and blacklist our fellow citizens [on social media] are wrong and they are dangerous. What is needed now is for us to listen to one another, not to silence one another. All of us can choose by our actions to rise above the ranker and find common ground and shared purpose. We must focus on advancing the interests of the whole nation, delivering the miracle [coronavirus] vaccines, defeating the pandemic, rebuilding the economy, protecting our national security and upholding the rule of law.”

-Donald Trump via The White House, “A Message from President Donald J. Trump,” YouTube.com, Jan. 13, 2021

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1/12/2021

CORONAVIRUS/JOE BIDEN/TRUMP ADMIN/VACCINES: “The Trump administration announced sweeping changes to its vaccination rollout on Tuesday [Jan. 12, 2021], including making all of the coronavirus vaccine supply immediately available, urging states to provide shots to anyone 65 and older and warning states with lagging inoculations that they could lose some of their shots to speedier places.

The steps, part of an effort to accelerate a delayed and disjointed rollout, depart from the administration’s original strategy, and come just days after President-elect Joe Biden announced plans to release nearly all the vaccine supply.”

-Lena H. Sun, Laurie McGinley, Isaac Stanley-Becker, and Amy Goldstein, “Trump administration reverses stance, will no longer hold back second shots of coronavirus vaccine,” washingtonpost.com, Jan. 12, 2021

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1/12/2021

CORONAVIRUS/VACCINE: “Because of the pandemic — horrible, horrible invisible enemy — and despite our tremendous success developing a [coronavirus] vaccine years before it was thought evenly remotely possible. Nobody thought it was going to be possible. They said would take five years. ‘Sir, it will take seven years.’ All of our scientists were saying — our advisors, ‘It will take 7 years, 5 years, 10 years maybe.’ Well, we did it just like I said we would. And we had it out years and years before they thought it was possible. And we’re now delivering it to states, including your state, where your governor and government are doing a terrific job in getting it administered in Texas. And Florida is doing great. Some of them are doing great. Some aren’t doing as well, but they have all they can handle. And we get it to them as fast as they need it, and even faster.

But they’re calling it a ‘medical miracle.’ And this has been a difficult year and a very difficult election. The pandemic has made it a very, very difficult year for our country and virtually every country all over the world.”

-Donald Trump, “Remarks by President Trump at the 45th Mile of New Border Wall | Reynosa-McAllen, TX,” whitehouse.gov, Jan. 12, 2021

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1/12/2021

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/JOE BIDEN/VACCINES: My number one priority is getting people vaccinated as quickly as we can to get our country back on track.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1349090628790067200″

Joe Biden, Twitter.com, January 12, 2021 9:27 am

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1/12/2021

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/JOE BIDEN/SOCIAL DISTANCING: I urge every American to:

– Wear a mask

– Stay socially distanced

– Avoid large indoor gatherings

We can save countless lives if we step up together.

Joe Biden, Twitter.com, January 12, 2021 3:05 am

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1/11/2021

BIDEN-HARRIS ADMIN/CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/JOE BIDEN/VACCINES: Getting America vaccinated will be one of the greatest operational challenges we’ve ever faced, but my administration will spare no effort to get it done.

We’re going to ensure the vaccine is distributed quickly, equitably, and free of charge to every American.

Joe Biden, Twitter.com, January 11, 2021 2:15 pm

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1/11/2021

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/JOE BIDEN/VACCINES: Folks, I just received the second dose of my COVID-19 vaccine — and just like the first dose, it was safe, quick, and painless.

I urge everyone to get vaccinated once it’s your turn. Because only together can we save lives and beat this virus.

Joe Biden, Twitter.com, January 11, 2021 11:45 am

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1/7/2021

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: “As angry rioters and supporters of President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in a last stand for the outgoing president Wednesday [Jan. 6, 2021], the violence overshadowed a deadly day across the nation as the coronavirus pandemic continued its surge.

A record 3,915 people died of covid-19 in the United States, the deadliest day of a pandemic that has claimed more than 360,000 lives across the country. A record 251,646 new coronavirus cases were reported, about 16,000 more cases than the Wednesday before.”

-Paulina Firozi, “U.S. records its deadliest day of the pandemic while eyes are fixed on mob storming Capitol,” washingtonpost.com, Jan. 7, 2021

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1/4/2021

CORONAVIRUS/FEDERAL FUNDING: “Look, the states need help [with coronavirus]. There’s a reason why the Constitution said the federal government could have a deficit spending in times of crisis and states have to balance their budgets. It’s for this very thing. It’s the whole idea, your states have to balance your budgets. So what’s happening? You’re going to see more and more people laid off, more firefighters, police officers, school teachers, first responders, the people we need badly now. The states need more money to do the job. They need to the federal government to work with them, not attack them and leave them out there hanging.”

-Joe Biden, “President-elect Biden Fires Up Voters In Atlanta,” YouTube.com, Jan. 4, 2020

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1/4/2021

CORONAVIRUS: “Millions of people in this country out of work through no fault of their own. No fault of their own. They’re struggling. Many are fearful and many have given up hope. Look at the lines at food banks, hours and hours and hours. This is the United States of America, for God’s sake and there are food lines like we’ve not seen since the depression and they’re getting longer.

Families, children, people who have worked their whole lives and never asked for a thing except a fighting chance, now, they’re lining up for food in America and the debate over $2,000 [in coronavirus relief] isn’t some abstract debate in Washington, it’s about real lives.”

-Joe Biden, “President-elect Biden Fires Up Voters In Atlanta,” YouTube.com, Jan. 4, 2020

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1/4/2021

CORONAVIRUS/TRUMP ADMIN/VACCINES: “I’ve said it before, getting America vaccinated [against coronavirus] will be one of the most difficult operational challenges this nation’s ever faced but we’ve known it for the last months.

This [Trump] administration has gotten off to a God-awful start. The president spends more time whining and complaining than doing something about the problem. I don’t know why he still wants the job, he doesn’t want to do the work.”

-Joe Biden, “President-elect Biden Fires Up Voters In Atlanta,” YouTube.com, Jan. 4, 2020

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1/3/2021

CONGRATS/CONGRESS/CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/JOE BIDEN/SENATE: The Senate swearing-in ceremony was always one of my favorite parts of the job as Vice President. Congratulations to the newly minted members of the 117th Congress. I look forward to working alongside you to get this virus under control and build back better.

Joe Biden, Twitter.com, January 3, 2021 1:55 pm

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1/3/2021

CDC/CHINA/CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/FAKE NEWS/QUOTE: The number of cases and deaths of the China Virus is far exaggerated in the United States because of @CDCgov’s ridiculous method of determination compared to other countries, many of whom report, purposely, very inaccurately and low. ‘When in doubt, call it Covid.’ Fake News!

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 3, 2021 2:14 am

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1/3/2021

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/VACCINES: The vaccines are being delivered to the states by the Federal Government far faster than they can be administered!

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 3, 2021 2:05 am

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1/2/2021

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/JOE BIDEN: Mask up, folks.

Joe Biden, Twitter.com, January 2, 2021 11:00 am
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1/1/2021

CORONAVIRUS/IMMIGRATION: “President Donald Trump extended a ban on new green cards and work visas until months after he leaves office, citing continued weakness in the U.S. labor market due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump on Thursday[Dec. 31, 2020] signed a proclamation that extends to March 31 immigration restrictions he first put into effect in April and renewed in June.”

-David McLaughlin, “Trump Extends Work Visa Ban to March, Citing Labor Market Woes,” bloomberg.com, Jan. 1, 2021

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1/1/2021

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/VACCINES: Some States are very slow to inoculate recipients despite successful and very large scale distribution of vaccines by the Federal Government. They will get it done!

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 1, 2021 1:27 pm
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1/1/2021

CHINA/CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/GOP/SENATE/SOCIAL MEDIA/TECHNOLOGY: Our Republican Senate just missed the opportunity to get rid of Section 230, which gives unlimited power to Big Tech companies. Pathetic!!! Now they want to give people ravaged by the China Virus $600, rather than the $2000 which they so desperately need. Not fair, or smart!

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 1, 2021 9:56 am
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1/1/2021

BIDEN-HARRIS ADMIN/CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/JOE BIDEN/MEDIA/VACCINES: Let me be clear: The Biden-Harris Administration will spare no effort to make sure people are getting vaccinated.

https://t.co/FfppocXufa?amp=1″

Joe Biden, Twitter.com, January 1, 2021 6:45 am
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12/31/2020

ANTHONY FAUCI/CORONAVIRUS/TRUMP ADMIN/VACCINES: “Officials from Operation Warp Speed, President Donald Trump’s [coronavirus] vaccine program, had said the country would immunize 20 million people with the first of the two-dose Covid-19 vaccine in December. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that of more than 12.4 million doses distributed, just under 2.8 million have actually been administered…

States and counties need more resources to accelerate the pace of vaccination, Fauci said. Trump in recent days has defended his administration’s rollout by saying it’s the responsibility of the states to administer the shots once they’re delivered by Operation Warp Speed.”

-Will Feuer, “Dr. Fauci says slow Covid vaccine rollout has been ‘disappointing’,” CNBC.com, Dec. 31, 2020

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12/30/2020

CORONAVIRUS/VACCINES: “The distribution of [coronavirus] vaccines in the United States has gotten off to a slower-than-expected start, federal health officials acknowledged in a news conference on Wednesday [Dec. 30, 2020], though they also voiced confidence that the pace would accelerate in the coming weeks…

In a tweet on Tuesday, President Trump seemed to lay the blame on governors, saying that it was ‘up to the States to distribute the vaccines once brought to the designated areas by the Federal Government.’ But several governors have recently said their states have struggled because they had not received enough money from the federal government.”

-Rebecca Robbins, “Warp Speed Officials Say Covid Vaccine Distribution Is Going Too Slowly,” nytimes.com, Dec. 30, 2020

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12/30/2020

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/JOE BIDEN: The next few weeks and months are going to be a very tough period for our nation — maybe the toughest of the whole pandemic.

But we are going to get through it. Brighter days are coming, but it’s going to take all the grit and determination we have as Americans to do it.

Joe Biden, Twitter.com, December 30, 2020 2:40 pm
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12/30/2020

CORONAVIRUS/MITCH MCCONNELL/TECHNOLOGY/VOTING: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday introduced his own version of a bill to increase the $600 stimulus checks from the coronavirus relief package to $2,000, but also included two other major priorities for President Trump.

The legislation would also repeal Section 230, the controversial liability protection for online platforms, and create a committee on the Election Assistance Commission to study election integrity.”

-Tyler Olson, “McConnell introduces his own bill on $2,000 stimulus checks, other Trump priorities,” foxnews.com, Dec. 30, 2020

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12/30/2020

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/JOE BIDEN/SOCIAL DISTANCING: We can save 60,000-100,000 lives in the weeks and months ahead if we step up together.

Wear a mask. Stay socially distanced. Avoid large indoor gatherings.

Each of us has a duty to do what we can to protect ourselves, our families, and our fellow Americans.

Joe Biden, Twitter.com, December 30, 2020 8:35 am
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12/30/2020

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/JOE BIDEN/VACCINES: We’re going to make sure vaccines are free of charge.

And we’re going to ensure they are distributed equitably, so every person who wants a vaccine can get one — no matter the color of their skin or where they live.

Joe Biden, Twitter.com, December 30, 2020 5:42 am
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12/30/2020

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/VACCINES: The Federal Government has distributed the vaccines to the states. Now it is up to the states to administer. Get moving!

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 30, 2020 1:43 am
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12/29/2020

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/JOE BIDEN: After ten months of the pandemic, we still don’t have enough testing. It’s a travesty.

We need to scale up testing so anyone who needs one can get one.

Joe Biden, Twitter.com, December 29, 2020 2:30 pm
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12/29/2020

CORONAVIRUS/KAMALA HARRIS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VACCINES: “I hope that the President will clearly and unambiguously urge all Americans to take the [coronavirus] vaccine once it’s available.

I took it to instill public confidence in the vaccine.

Vice President-elect Harris took hers today to do the same.

When his doctors recommend it, President Trump should take it and instill that same degree of confidence.”

-Joe Biden, “Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by President-elect Joe Biden After a COVID-19 Briefing in Wilmington, Delaware,” buildbackbetter.gov, Dec. 29, 2020

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