In George Stephanopoulos’s very short interview with President Joe Biden – billed as “extensive,” “expansive,” and “wide-ranging” – the president denied the situation at the border, took a swipe at Americans who don’t “listen,” and bragged on his macho encounter with Vladimir Putin.
On Vaccines: “Why Don’t You Be A Patriot?”
Asked when Americans might return to normalcy, Biden had stern words for people who would ease up on COVID-19 mitigation measures and exercise their freedom to decline the vaccine.
“I won’t be able to meet the July 4 deadline unless people listen,” Biden said. “I just don’t understand this sort of macho thing about, ‘I’m not gonna get the vaccine, I have a right as an American, my freedom to not do it.’ Well, why don’t you be a patriot, protect other people?”
“How about emphasizing the positive?” Stephanopoulos jumped in, prompting Biden to share that since he got the vaccine, he can hug and spend time with his grandchildren.
Biden’s Border Crisis: “It Wasn’t Me!”
Biden first tried to deny the ongoing catastrophic surge was irregular, then denied that he sent the wrong message on immigration, then denied that children are held in cells, then finally said “quite clearly, don’t come.”
On the surge: “There was a surge the last two years in ’19 and ’20, there was a surge as well.”
“This one might be worse,” Stephanopoulos chimed in.
“No—well it could be,” Biden replied. (His own DHS chief confirmed this week that the biggest surge in 20 years is underway.) “But here’s the deal. First of all, the idea that Joe Biden said ‘come’ is—I heard the other day that they’re coming because they know I’m a nice guy, and I won’t do what Trump did.”
Stephanopoulos exclaimed back, “They’re saying this!”
“Well, here’s the deal: they’re not. The adults are being sent back, number one. Number two, what do you do with an unaccompanied child that comes to the border? Do you repeat what Trump did? Take them from their mothers? Move them away? Hold them in cells, et cetera? We’re not doing that!” (False. They are doing that. And he did invite them to.)
Biden 2021: “I never said they should surge the border!”
Biden 2019: “Immediately surge the border!” pic.twitter.com/NcUj61YLYD
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) March 17, 2021