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For most Americans, the COVID pandemic has been a nightmare. It’s harmed the economy, kept us apart from loved ones and sucked much of the joy out of life. Many politicians seem to be enjoying it, though. As well as giving them an excuse to slash away at our freedoms, they can blame absolutely anything on the virus.

On December 2, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy asked White House mouthpiece Jen Psaki what President Joe Biden plans to do about the epidemic of violence that’s sweeping the US. The correspondent was specifically referring to the smash-and-grab robberies plaguing cities and the record number of police officers shot dead while on duty. Doocy probably expected one of the Biden administration’s usual waffling non-answers; what he got was stunning.

When Psaki was asked why gangs of criminals are looting stores and leaving them with empty shelves, she replied “I think a root cause in a lot of communities is the pandemic.” Even by Psaki’s standards, that’s a stretch.

Former President Donald Trump has a different opinion. He says the upsurge in smash-and-grab robberies – often targeting luxury stores, and carried out to order by organized crime gangs – is down to Democrat-run cities where the police aren’t allowed to do their jobs. Trump called out the media for ignoring the spike in looting, but perhaps they’ll pay attention now that Psaki has given us all her unique take on the situation.