Quadruple-vaccinated President Joe Biden tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus a day after he was seen without a mask at an event in Massachusetts, and it remains to be seen whether the left-leaning media will be as critical of him as they are. Were to former President Donald Trump when he contracted the virus in 2020.
At least one outlet already seems to be taking a different approach. When it was announced on Thursday that Biden — who falsely said a year ago Thursday that people who have been vaccinated can’t get the virus — had come down with the disease that originated in Wuhan, Los Angeles Times staff writer Eli Stokols wrote:
Biden’s positive test is also a reminder of how difficult it can be to rule out the potential for infection, even for someone as shielded as the president. Anyone who travels or meets Biden must be tested beforehand, according to the White House, and masks are mandatory in the building.
It should be noted that Biden was spotted without a mask during his trip to Somerville, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, where he gave on climate change. He also shook hands with officials and spectators after the event.
Conversely, after then-President Trump announced that he had tested positive on October 2, 2020, the Los Angeles Times The editorial board published an article the same day that wished him good luck but also claimed that his contraction of the virus was his fault:
His infection and hospitalization represent another crisis for a nation reeling from a year that seems almost apocalyptic. And this one is entirely of Trump’s own making, endangering not only himself, his family and his security details, but the stability of the country by throwing the executive branch into chaos.
Apparently, Trump has even managed to convince himself that the coronavirus isn’t serious – rarely wearing a face mask in public and shamefully mocking those who do. During the first presidential debate on Tuesday, Trump mocked Biden for wearing “the biggest mask I’ve ever seen” and implied it made him look like a scared old man. Carefree and, in retrospect, ironic.
Late last year, after Trump’s former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows claimed in his book that Trump had tested negative and positive for the virus three days before his debate on 29 September 2020 with Biden – which Trump denies – the Washington Post dubbed the “reckless” 45th president.
Actress Bette Midler went so far as to say that Trump was trying to assassinate Joe Biden following Meadows’ claim, dubbing him “the devil”.
“#DonaldTrump should be arrested for attempted murder,” she wrote. “He tried to infect and kill #JoeBiden to the debate; showing up too late to be tested, knowing full well that he was HIV-positive; then screamed, spat, spat, and foamed at the mouth, hoping to infect Joe. He IS the devil.