While this soundbite from Tuesday sounds like a sick burn, Biden immediately turned the conversation to the dire COVID-19 pandemic still plaguing the United States, as well as most of the world.
“We have already lost over 450,000 people and we could lose a whole lot more if we don’t act and act decisively and quickly,” Biden continued. “A lot of people, as I have said before, children are going to bed hungry. A lot of families are food insecure. They are in trouble. That’s my job.”
As of February 10, there are 468,000 deaths in the United States as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, health experts are now suggesting citizens double-mask. “Transmission of the virus can be reduced by up to 96.5% if both an infected individual and an uninfected individual wear tightly fitted surgical masks or a cloth-and-surgical-mask combination,” the CDC says, per the New York Times.
Still, Biden’s focus on the pandemic does not mean he thinks convicting Trump of inciting a riot at the United States Capitol is a frivolous pursuit. “The Senate has their job and they are about to begin it and I am sure they are going to conduct themselves well,” the president pointed out. “And that’s all I am going to have to say about impeachment.”
Trump was impeached on one count of incitement of insurrection by the House of Representatives while he was still in office for the events that occurred on January 6. Not only did he tell his supporters to “fight like hell” while Congress was inside the Capitol confirming the votes for President Joe Biden, but he also described the rioters as “very special” when he finally asked them to go home. The Capitol attack led to five deaths, including one Capitol police officer.
Now it’s up to the Senate to decide whether or not he will face consequences for those actions.