On his MSNBC show Thursday, host Joe Scarborough took President Joe Biden to task for failing to do more to get schools opened back up. Scarborough, who has spent the last four years relentlessly attacking Trump, set himself slightly apart from the rest of the liberal media by actually directing a bit of leftover criticism towards the new president.
“Health officials have said that, for the most part, the opening of schools should be encouraged,” Scarborough said. “They’ve said that over the past month or so, Dr. Fauci himself, has suggested as much. The Biden administration, catching flack for dragging their feet. And a lot of people are now suggesting that they are more interested in following the dictates of leaders of teachers unions than what health officials say. And then they trotted out some one, I don’t know, what, one day a week, three students, one day a week in a city of 15 million or something?”
He continued: “I exaggerate, of course, but it’s certainly what Jen Psaki trotted out a couple of days ago, a far stretch from what Joe Biden promised and a hell of a distance from what American parents want now, especially, let me say it again, with health officials saying children need to be back in school. Are they going to listen to the teachers unions? Or are they going to listen to health officials?”
Scarborough said that Biden has put himself in a position where he can no longer criticize the previous administration for failing to listen to the science.
“Joe Biden cannot, could not, cannot attack Donald Trump for not listening to health care officials, and then when he’s scared of teachers unions, he can’t not listen to health care officials who were saying it’s time to go back to school,” he said. “And this retreat a couple of days ago. I’m sorry, there’s not another word for it, it was pathetic. And it leaves a lot of parents hanging out there to dry. Again, health care officials are now saying that, that children need to go back to school. It’s nearly unanimous. The Biden administration has no other option than to follow health care officials do they?”
Scarborough has said a lot of dumb stuff over the last few years, but he is right on the money with this. Biden is showing an outright streak of cowardice with his refusal to mandate the reopening of public schools. His CDC has said, in no uncertain terms, that it is safe to do so. His only reason for not making that a part of his agenda is that he’s terrified of losing support (and money) from the unions.
Pathetic is right.