Monday marked a solemn day for America, as the coronavirus death toll in the United States crossed the 500,000 mark. By this weekend, 100,000 will have died during Joe Biden’s short tenure as President. One hundred thousand. Think about that for just a second. Let that sink in.
We could do what all the Trump-deranged pundit class did when the 45th president was in charge. That is, compare the COVID death count ‘under this President’s watch’ to various unrelated historical atrocities. One hundred thousand deaths is the same death toll as the German Peasants’ War, a populist revolt in 1524 which lasted an entire year. Put another way, you could say that, in the month since Joe Biden has been President, COVID-19 casualties have exceeded the death tally of the crisis in Congo during the first half of the 1960s. The equivalent of 20 full-size 737 passenger planes continue to fall out of the sky every day.
The pundits have stopped doing that, funnily enough. Since the end of Donald Trump’s presidency, CNN ombudsman Brian Stelter has ceased comparing COVID deaths to 9/11. So has Vox’s Aaron Rupar, unofficially the worst person on Twitter. The public was told over and over not to look away or forget these victims. Yet as soon as Biden entered the White House, that’s exactly what the majority of the media did.
It took the United States four full months to reach the first 100,000 deaths. Under Biden, that mark will be met in just over one month, even as he demands we ‘mask up’ and the population begins to expand the vaccination process. With no end in sight, the United States is on track to surpass the entirety of casualties under the Wars of Alexander the Great.
Shouldn’t the Biden administration be held to the same account of the previous administration? Every life lost to COVID is a life that could have been saved and if Biden insists on comparing COVID deaths to horrors such as World War One, World War Two and Vietnam, then perhaps they should ask what should be done about the country from which this great attack was launched.
Or perhaps we should just stop using obnoxious historical examples of events and disasters that were not COVID, to use against this pandemic.