MICHIGAN (Yaakov M / VINnews) — In his first sit-down interview in seven months, President Joe Biden made a bombshell declaration, saying that the Covid pandemic is over.
In a clip that aired Sunday on CBS, the president is seen walking around an auto show alongside an interviewer. 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley asked “Mr. President, first Detroit Auto Show in three years. Is the pandemic over?”
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“The pandemic is over,” Biden said. “We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lotta work on it. It’s—but the pandemic is over. if you notice, no one’s wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think it’s changing. And I think this is a perfect example of it.”
Ironically, the interview was broadcast only days after New York City fired 850 teachers and teachers’ aides after they failed to get the COVID vaccine by the September 5 deadline. That brought the total number of staff fired by the department of education since the vaccine mandate took effect to 1,950.
The pandemic was the official basis used by Democrats to justify universal mail-in voting in many states, and the now-unnecessary policy remains in place in many areas, as the crucial midterms approach.
Also during the interview, Biden said that if China attacked Taiwan, the US would swoop in to defend them.
“Would US Forces defend the island?” Pelley asked.
“Yes,” Biden said, “if in fact there was an unprecedented attack.”
The White House walked that back, as they have done in the past when Biden made claims that the US would “militarily defend” Taiwan. (As usual, the White House views Biden’s comments as a mere nuisance, and has no problem contradicting them.)
60 Minutes: "Would U.S. forces defend Taiwan if invaded by China?"
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The White House narrative seems quite bizarre though, since Pelley pushed Biden to clarify, saying: “So unlike Ukraine, to be clear, sir, U.S. Forces, US men and women would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion?”
“Yes,” Biden said.