On Monday, after a leftist political commentator characterized questions about combating the pandemic directed at President Joe Biden by Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy as “dripping in bad faith,” Fox News anchor Brit Hume fired back, “Bad faith my a**.”
In reference to Biden’s stated goal of vaccinating 100 million people in the first 100 days of his presidential tenure, Doocy pointed out that we were already on track to hit that rate per day when Biden took office. Doocy went on to note that Biden recently stated, “There’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months.”
In response, commentator Brian Tyler Cohen tweeted, “This question is dripping in bad faith, and yet still Biden knocks it out of the park. But Doocy shouldn’t be there wasting time in the first place.”
This question is dripping in bad faith, and yet still Biden knocks it out of the park. But Doocy shouldn't be there wasting time in the first place. https://t.co/PH4TdTqeoA
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) January 25, 2021
Hume blasted, “Bad faith my a**. It led to Biden acknowledging that he misspoke, then proceeding to raise his oft-repeated vaccination goal of 100 million after it had become clear that we were already in the way to achieving that when he took office. So much for @PDoocy being there ‘wasting time.’”
Bad faith my a**. It led to Biden acknowledging that he misspoke, then proceeding to raise his oft-repeated vaccination goal of 100 million after it had become clear we were already on the way to achieving that when he took office. So much for @PDoocy being there “wasting time.” https://t.co/NYh5yhnri3
— Brit Hume (@brithume) January 25, 2021
“Given that in three weeks or so we’ll be at the point where there are a million vaccines per day,” Doocy began in his question to Biden, “but it seems like —”
Biden, acknowledging that the goal of vaccinating one million people had already been reached, stated, “I think we’ll get there before that. I said — I hope — I misspoke — I hope we’ll be able to increase as we go on until we get to the 1,500,000 a day. That’s my hope.”
“And then, the follow-up to that would be,” Doocy replied. “Now that you’re president and you’re saying, ‘There’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months,’ what happened to two months ago when you were talking declaratively about, ‘I am going to shut down the virus?'”
“I am going to shut down the virus, but no — I never said I’d do it in two months; I said it took a long time to get here; it’s going to take a long time to beat it,” Biden replied.
On December 8, speaking in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden stated about his vaccination goal:
This team will help get at the latest at the last 100 million COVID-19 vaccine, at least 100 million COVID vaccine shots into the arms of the American people in the first 100 days. 100 million shots in the first 100 days. And we’ll follow the guidance of science to get the vaccines to those most at risk. That includes healthcare professionals, people in longterm care and as soon as possible, we will include educators. This will be the most efficient mass vaccination plan in U.S. history. I credit everyone who has gotten us up to this point. But developing a vaccine is only one Herculean task. Distributing it is another Herculean task. Vaccines in a vial only work if they’re injected into an arm of people, especially those most at risk.
Biden also slammed the Trump administration on its distribution plans:
Our preliminary view of the Trump administration’s vaccine distribution plans confirms media reports. Without urgent action by this Congress this month to put sufficient resources into vaccine distribution and manufacturing, which the bipartisan group was working on, there’s a real chance that after an early round of vaccinations, the effort will slow and stall.
Let me repeat. We need Congress to finish the bipartisan work underway now, or millions of Americans may wait months longer to get the vaccine, months longer than they otherwise would have to wait to get the vaccine, vaccination. Look, and then we’re going to need additional action next year to fund the rest of the distribution efforts. We also need the Trump administration to act now though, to purchase the doses it has negotiated with Pfizer and Moderna and to work swiftly to scale, manufacturing to U.S. populations and the world. This can be fixed. If it is fixed, my team will be able to get at least 100 million vaccinations done in my first 100 days.