Far-left presidential candidate Bernie Sanders accused President Trump of having a bad record on coronavirus Sunday because he doesn’t “believe in science.” Mere seconds later he proceeded to ignore a scientist on what to do about the virus for him and his supporters.
On “Meet the Press” Sunday, host Chuck Todd asked Sanders what he would do about coronavirus as president. He responded that he’d be so much better than Trump because he believes in science:
“Unlike Trump, I believe in science and would not appoint someone like Mike Pence to be a head of the effort. … We have to have confidence among state officials all over this country and people all over the world so we want scientists running the operation not Pence.
The American people need to know there are scientists there are doctors who are running the operation, who are communicating with people all over the world because this is a global crisis. We’re not seeing that in Washington from Trump.”
Todd mentioned that his previous guest, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, advised against older people, especially ones with pre-existing conditions, being in large crowds. That would seem to cover the elderly Sanders due to age and his previous heart attack, which denotes a heart condition. Todd naturally asked if he’d cancel any of his rallies.
The Washington Post reported, “Sanders says he will press ahead with campaign rallies amid … mounting public concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus.”
Indeed, Sanders’s next comment to Todd was about as weasely as it gets. First he touted that he’d just had a huge rally in Chicago after the CDC recommended days before that people over 60 should not be in large crowds. The CDC reiterated that advice again over the weekend.
Well, that’s a decision – we just held a rally in Chicago yesterday [Saturday] as it happens and had about 15,000 people out, but I will tell you we are talking to public health officials all over this country. Obviously, what is most important to us is to protect the health of the American people. This is an issue not just for our campaign. This is an issue for the National Basketball Association; it’s an issue for every organization in this country that has large events. That’s an issue that we’re looking at and we’re talking to public health officials…
He drifted off and Todd asked Sanders point-blank, “I was just going to say, who makes that call for you?”
Sanders mumbled about talking to health officials and seemed to say if they tell him to cancel his event he would.
So, Bernie’s approach seems to be “don’t do what I do, but don’t ask me because I’m not the final authority.”
Now that’s “leadership.”