More than one million Americans have died from COVID-19, the CDC announced on Monday, some 18 months after then-candidate Joe Biden promised to “shut down the virus” as president.
A significant majority of those deaths—nearly 600,000 since January 20, 2021—occurred on Biden’s watch. According to his own logic, the president should have resigned a long time ago. During the final presidential debate against Trump in October 2020, Biden argued that any leader who presided over more than 200,000 deaths from COVID-19 “should not remain as president of the United States of America.”
In the final days of the 2020 election, Biden made a promise to the American people. “I’m not going to shut down the economy,” he wrote on Twitter, the popular social networking website. “I’m going to shut down the virus.”
FACT CHECK: Mostly false. Biden did not shut down the virus, which originated in China. Almost 200,000 more Americans died from COVID on his watch than died under former president Donald Trump. The U.S. economy is slouching toward recession.