Democrats have a love for exaggerating apocalyptic scenarios. From climate change to the lack of universal health care and the end of net neutrality, anything and everything, especially when occurring under a Republican president, is a doomsday clock. And the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception – even if it means totally making up false statistics to scare the votes out of people.
According to Joe Biden during his speech Sunday, a whopping 200 million people – roughly two-thirds of the entire U.S. population – died from the coronavirus before he was even done speaking. Which, you’d think, would have made the headlines.
“If Donald Trump has his way, the complications from COVID-19, which are well beyond what they should be – it is estimated that 200 million people will die probably by the time I finish this talk,” Biden sternly lectured from the podium.
Joe Biden says 200 million people will have died from covid by the time he finishes his speech today. Just a bit off on that number. pic.twitter.com/7MVpUb1R8P— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 20, 2020
For those with a tendency to do math like AOC, just to remind: there are only about 320 million people in the United States, and only about 200,000 people have died from COVID-19 so far (and that's according to the CDC's estimates, which, to be honest, are sketchy).
And lest one dismiss the gaffe as a slip of the tongue, ti's not the first time. During a campaign stopover in Pennsylvania back in June, Biden claimed that more than 120 million people had already died from the Wu-Flu.
“People don’t have a job, people don’t know where to go, they don’t know what to do,” he said. “Now we have over 120 million dead from COVID.”
Then again, Biden has a hard time remembering what year he's in or even his own name. So really, what's a little flub about how many people live and die in the very country you're vying to run?