‘Did you miss any paychecks?’ Former Biden adviser roasted after saying Americans should have ‘sacrificed more’ during pandemic
Appearing on CBS to promote his new book after stepping down from the senior adviser role last week, Slavitt dispensed advice on how Covid-19 could have been handled better, offering criticism not only of the previous administration, but of the American people at large.
“We all need to look at one another and ask ourselves what we need to do better next time, and in many respects being able to sacrifice a little bit for one another to get through this and save more lives is going to be essential and that’s something that I think we all could have done better on,” Slavitt told ‘CBS This Morning’ on Monday.
Biden’s Covid czar, @ASlavitt, says the pandemic wouldn’t have been as bad if Americans “had sacrificed a little bit” more. Avoiding social interaction "requires a certain amount of sacrifice and change." pic.twitter.com/H6fGFv5hLi— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) June 14, 2021
While the ex-adviser also pointed to “technical mistakes” early on in the pandemic, including issues with testing and protective gear, he stressed that “political leadership mistakes” led directly to the loss of life, pinning blame on the Donald Trump administration.
“We denied the virus for too long under the Trump White House. There was too much squashing of dissent and playing on divisions,” he said.
The comments were not received well by many online observers, with some critics noting the immense sacrifices made by workers, families and business owners during prolonged shutdowns and other pandemic restrictions in many states.
The loss of 40% of small businesses and a year and a half of children’s education is not enough sacrifice for these people.— Mike Lee (@mikeleedallas) June 14, 2021
Ask somebody that lost their business if they sacrificed enough , gfys— ericmoej1102 (@ericmoej1102) June 14, 2021
Apparently the $75,000 in business losses was not a sufficient sacrifice. I’ll reasses and see what more I can give in the future.— Just another Chump (@JDMac760) June 14, 2021
Some 22.2 million American jobs were wiped out during a pandemic- and lockdown- induced recession last spring, forcing many to rely on government assistance. A survey conducted last year by the US Chamber of Commerce and MetLife, meanwhile, showed that roughly 43% of small business owners feared they would have to close their doors for good short of a sudden infusion of cash. As of April, around 200,000 US businesses had been shuttered permanently due to the pandemic, a Federal Reserve study found.
Other detractors asked what Slavitt had given up during the pandemic, some accusing him of attempting to “profit” from the virus with his upcoming book, ‘Preventable,’ which is billed as the “definitive, behind-the-scenes look at the US coronavirus crisis.”
“Thx Andy Slavitt. Brave of you to quit your job at the [White House] to do promo for your book so you can profit off of Covid by wagging your fingers at us,” one user said. “We should have made our kids sacrifice more?”
How much did Andy sacrifice? Did he lose a business and his life savings? Did any of his loved ones commit suicide because of being locked down? Did he miss any paychecks?— Samantha Pfaff (@SamanthaPfaff) June 14, 2021
Any politician or media personality that suggests we could have sacrificed more should be raked over the coals with that question. They sacrificed nothing and only said and did the things we Common Folk did when the cameras were rolling.— The Incredible PaulK (@PaKruta) June 14, 2021
Ex Goldman Sachs and McKinsey employee, now, mysteriously, Biden COVID advisor, Andy Slavitt, says Americans didn’t sacrifice enough during the lockdown.— Roy Abrams (@RQA) June 14, 2021
While Slavitt did not specify what additional sacrifices the country could have made during his CBS appearance, he has previously outlined the policies he would have preferred. In a July 2020 Twitter thread, he called for a strict nationwide lockdown, including a full closure of the US border, a complete ban on all interstate travel and the shuttering of all bars, restaurants and churches.
“Instead of 50% lockdown (which is what we did in March in April), let’s say it’s a 90% lockdown,” he said at the time, claiming “we can virtually eliminate the virus any time we decide to.”
The death toll from the pandemic in the US crossed the 600,000 milestone on Monday, according to the data compiled by Reuters.Also on rt.com Covid-19 lockdown threatens to destroy 37 MILLION jobs in US
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