(RepublicanWire.org) – After promising to end COVID-19 in his bid for the presidency, President Joe Biden has recently pivoted his stance, acknowledging that the virus will not be eradicated. This repositioning is reportedly an attempt to limit Democrats’ damage in the midterm elections.
The White House and top health officials continue promoting the mask, caution, and vaccination messaging. But in a revealing change in longstanding messaging, Biden officials have also mentioned the innocuous effects of the Omicron variant, supporting schools reopening and accepting the virus spreading as an inevitable occurrence.
This recent shift suggests the Biden administration has acknowledged that, as is commonplace, the Democratic Party will lose seats in the midterm elections. Considering that to gain the majority, Republicans only need one more senate seat and five additional House members, Biden needs to appeal to voters, many of whom are critical of the president’s handling of the pandemic.
According to data released from FiveThirtyEight, Biden’s approval rating continues to decline to new lows, which has likely forced the president to change his stance on declaring “independence” from COVID in the summer of 2021 to acknowledging that COVID-19 would remain in the world.
However, it remains to be seen if Biden’s stance on the unvaccinated will help Democrats in the midterms. As recently as Thursday, Biden said, “the unvaccinated are dying from COVID-19,” before saying that since 210 million Americans had been fully-vaccinated, “the majority of the country is safe from severe COVID-19 consequences.” Biden would also add that although “the number of cases among vaccinated Americans goes up, deaths are down dramatically from last winter.”
On Thursday, when questioned Vice President Kamala Harris about the administration’s changing pandemic strategy, Harris battled to answer convincingly or coherently. Instead, she said, “It is time for us to do what we have been doing in that time as every day,” adding that “every day, it is time for us to agree that there are things and tools that are available to us to slow this thing down.”