#NoPlanJoe: Biden trolled after saying 'no federal solution' to Covid
Biden said there's 'no federal solution' to Omicron, leading Internet to say 'Biden is a failure'
The surge in cases brought by the Omicron variant of Covid-19 has left America's airline industry in chaos, and now President Joe Biden stumped. On December 27, the President went viral for conceding there was "no federal solution" to the virus and called on states instead to take immediate action. Biden made the comments at a meeting with 25 of the nation's governors, both Republican and Democrat, along with his Covid-19 Response Team.
Despite the widespread availability of vaccinations, anti-vaxxers have led to a rapid increase in not just Covid-19 cases, but also hospitalization and death. The Omicron variant also put a damper on Christmas celebrations, with some turning to "isolation boxes" to celebrate with loved ones. Amidst all this, former President Donald Trump has begun alienating his most radical followers, after declaring he got the booster jab and encouraging people to get vaccinated.
The President is already under immense pressure after his failure to rapidly roll out testing kits ahead of the holiday season, but it appears he's now given up altogether on the battle against the virus. It doesn't bode well as we enter year three of the pandemic, with things only getting worse dispute the presence of vaccines.
'We have to do more'
Acknowledging the long lines as people struggled to get their hands on testing kits, Biden conceded, "That's not enough. Clearly not enough. We have to do more. We have to do better. And we will." But shockingly, he followed that up by saying there was "no federal solution" to Omicron, and that any solution existed only at the "state level." He told the Governors, "f you need something say something. We are going to have your back."
The remarks appear to indicate Biden is in two minds about the role of the federal government at the moment. Just under a week before the comments, Biden ordered FEMA to set up pop-up testing sites all over the nation and more recently worked with Google to present search results for the sites. He's also still backing vaccine mandates, with the DoJ locked in a court battle against the GOP over mandates for businesses.
So why did Biden say there was no federal solution? Only he knows, but clearly, the comments didn't sit well with social media. Almost instantly, the comments went viral thanks to the GOP, with the RNC Research Twitter account even sharing a video of the moment -
BIDEN, TODAY: “There is no federal solution” to COVID.— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) December 27, 2021
BIDEN, 2020: “I’m going to shut down the virus.” pic.twitter.com/3d1RaHRcyX
Biden dubbed 'No Plan Joe'
As a result, the President was dubbed 'No Plan Joe' by social media, with one user tweeting, "People literally elected Joe Biden because he said he had a plan for COVID. Then today he says he has no plan. If Kamala doesnt speak out, she's complicit." Another retweeted an old tweet from Biden on the campaign trail, adding, "Joe Biden lied. He had no plan." One user declared, "If there’s no Federal solution to Covid, Fauci isn’t someone we need to hear from anymore!"
Joe Biden lied.— Mr T 2 (@GovtsTheProblem) December 27, 2021
He had no plan. https://t.co/XLIP8qUEcX
If there’s no Federal solution to Covid, Fauci isn’t someone we need to hear from anymore! #NoPlanJoe— Agent99 (@AgentnineDnine) December 28, 2021
"Biden saying "there's no federal solution" to COVID means every one of the federal mandates should be immediately canceled," tweeted conservative commentator Tim Young. One user noted, "First Joe Biden surrendered to the Taliban Today he surrendered to Covid." The GOP simply declared, "Biden failed on COVID."
Biden saying "there's no federal solution" to COVID means every one of the federal mandates should be immediately canceled.— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) December 28, 2021
First Joe Biden surrendered to the Taliban— Vince Langman (@LangmanVince) December 27, 2021
Today he surrendered to Covid #NoPlanJoe
Biden failed on COVID.— GOP (@GOP) December 27, 2021
Amidst the rise in cases, the US appears to be going back into a "soft lockdown" with several public events being canceled. Broadway shows stopped shortly before Christmas, and The Military Bowl, Sun Bowl and Fenway Bowl games have all been canceled in recent days. The Sundance Film Festival announced it was going hybrid, and CES 2022 is struggling to retain participants, with several pulling out over the past week.