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Congressional Republicans are dishonestly attacking President Joe Biden's effort to slow the spread of the omicron coronavirus variant, reviving debunked accusations from the 2020 campaign. They are still false.
On Friday, Biden signed a temporary suspension of some travel from southern African nations where the new omicron variant has been most prevalent. The emergency action, he wrote, was an effort to "swiftly and aggressively to prevent further spread of the disease."
But Republican lawmakers who cheered a similar travel restriction on some visitors from China — implemented by then-President Trump in early 2020 — have attacked Biden's efforts. Trump boasted — without evidence — that his orders saved 2 million lives.
"Almost two years ago, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris called President Trump a racist for protecting Americans by restricting travel for those entering the U.S. as the pandemic began," tweeted Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn on Sunday "Now, they're doing the exact same thing."
"When President Trump took bold and decisive action in February 2020 to impose travel restrictions into the United States from coronavirus hot spots, Joe Biden attacked him, calling this decision a disgrace and xenophobic," claimed House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik.
North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn retweeted former President Donald Trump's leadership PAC, which wrote that "Joe Biden is now using the Trump policies he once criticized. HYPOCRITE!"
"I had Biden calling me xenophobic," he claimed in a March 2020 Fox News appearance. "He called me a racist, because of the fact that he felt it was a racist thing to stop people from China coming in."
In their first debate last September, Trump scolded Biden, saying, "I closed it and you said, 'He's xenophobic. He's a racist and he's xenophobic,' because you didn't think I should have closed our country."
But independent fact-checkers debunked these statements, noting that Biden warned in late January 2020 that it was "no time for Donald Trump's record of hysteria xenophobia, hysterical xenophobia, and fear-mongering to lead the way instead of science" and criticized Trump's racist use of the term "Chinese virus," but never attacked the travel restrictions.
Indeed Biden's campaign said last April that he "supports travel bans that are guided by medical experts, advocated by public health officials, and backed by a full strategy."
Rep. Barry Moore (R-AL) tweeted Monday, "President Biden has banned travel from 8 countries in Africa due to the new COVID variant. But when President Trump did the same thing, it was a 'disgrace.'"
He linked to a Feb. 1, 2020 tweet from Biden, criticizing Trump's travel restrictions on people from six African countries with significant Muslim populations. But that "Africa Ban" had nothing to do with the coronavirus and was — according to Trump — entirely about addressing those nation's alleged "deficiencies in sharing terrorist, criminal, or identity information."
On Saturday, Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) — Trump's former White House doctor and his unsuccessful pick to be secretary of veterans zffairs — baselessly suggested that the omicron variant is just a Democratic ploy to stay in power. "Here comes the MEV - the Midterm Election Variant! They NEED a reason to push unsolicited nationwide mail-in ballots. Democrats will do anything to CHEAT during an election - but we're not going to let them!"
One expert told the Washington Post that it's possible Biden's ban might slow the variants spread in the United States by days or weeks, as the public health community rushes to understand its impact. But some public health experts warn that travel bans like this can undermine scientific transparency and African leaders say they are not justified by science.
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Reprinted with permission from AlterNet
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden on Monday unveiled the White House’s 2021 Christmas decorations.
“Inspired by the acts of kindness and experiences that lifted our spirits this year, decorated rooms in the White House reflect the Gifts from the Heart that unite us all: faith, family, friendship, the arts, learning, nature, gratitude, service, community, peace, and unity,” Dr. Biden said in a social media post, which included photos.
The Hill’s Alex Gangitano posted some images from Monday’s tour:
Gift of family (with photos of the Bidens and past presidents on the trees)pic.twitter.com/7P6USl2JLJ— AlexGangitano (@AlexGangitano) 1638190455
Gift of friendship and sharingpic.twitter.com/OloUwHc3Rj— AlexGangitano (@AlexGangitano) 1638188935
In a monumental gesture of inclusiveness and spirit of bipartisanship the Bidens even included a nod to Donald and Melania Trump, the former President and First Lady.
President Trump made the treepic.twitter.com/OWUuoMnupd— AlexGangitano (@AlexGangitano) 1638190562
But some were quick to remember the disturbing Christmas decorating efforts of the former White House occupants:
BEAUTIFUL. Omg. This is such an improvement over the Melania Trump Handmaid\u2019s Tale Christmas. Thank you First Lady Dr. Jill Biden\u2026.— \ud83e\udd8b\ud835\udce2\ud835\udcfe\ud835\udcee \ud835\udce9 \ud83e\udd8b (@\ud83e\udd8b\ud835\udce2\ud835\udcfe\ud835\udcee \ud835\udce9 \ud83e\udd8b) 1638201831
This looks like decorations chosen with love. I, for one, do not miss the handmaiden-murder trees. <3pic.twitter.com/wZKgeRCpGv— \ud83d\udc99 Vote Blue in '22 (Teddifish) \ud83d\udc99 (@\ud83d\udc99 Vote Blue in '22 (Teddifish) \ud83d\udc99) 1638198102
Jill Biden: "Excited to share that the Official White House Christmas tree is up in the Blue Room!"\n\nMelania Trump: \u201cWho gives a fuck about Chreesmas stuff and decoration?"pic.twitter.com/AhoMlsE3nu— Ryan Adams \ud83c\udf9e\ufe0f\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08 (@Ryan Adams \ud83c\udf9e\ufe0f\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08) 1638203957
What a welcome change from the war on decorating for Christmas the Trump's put us through.— Christina (@Christina) 1638203416
Ahhhh, the Nightmare of Trump Christmas is OVER!!!https://twitter.com/FLOTUS/status/1465326686539501572\u00a0\u2026— ER RN/Grossly Hemolyzed Specimen/GET VAXXED NOW (@ER RN/Grossly Hemolyzed Specimen/GET VAXXED NOW) 1638200638
In a July 2018 audio recording, first lady Melania Trump can be heard saying: "Who gives a fuck about Christmas stuff and decoration?"pic.twitter.com/dKg2yT0OSL— Gerard (@Gerard) 1638200015
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