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More Americans Killed By Coronavirus In 20 Days Under Biden Than Died In Vietnam War; Media Grilled Trump Over Same Milestone
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 05: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the national economy and the need for his administration's proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief legislation in the State Dining Room at the White House on February 05, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden hosted lawmakers from both parties at the White House this week in an effort to push his pandemic relief plan forward.
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More Americans have died from the coronavirus pandemic in the first 20 days of the administration of Democrat President Joe Biden than died in the Vietnam war, a grim milestone that left-wing journalists pounced on to attack then-President Donald Trump when he hit the same mark at the end of April 2020.

A coronavirus death tracker for the Biden administration that is updated daily by the Washington Free Beacon showed that as of Monday morning, 60,178 Americans have died from the coronavirus under Biden’s watch.

That number is more than the 58,220 deaths that the U.S. suffered during the Vietnam War, which is calculated by adding the 47,434 combat deaths the U.S. suffered combined with an additional 10,786 Americans who died in theater.

“As many as 100,000 people are projected to die of the coronavirus in the first month of President Joe Biden’s tenure, raising the U.S. death toll above half a million, according to a forecast by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” U.S. News & World Report reported. “CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday during a White House coronavirus response team briefing that the death toll from COVID-19 is forecast to reach between 479,000 to 514,000 people by Feb. 20 – a month after Inauguration Day.”

The report comes as January was the deadliest month of the pandemic for the U.S. with more than 80,000 people dying from the coronavirus. It’s worth noting that prior to January, December had been the deadliest month that the U.S. has experienced from the pandemic and numbers are currently trending in a downward direction but remain high overall.

When Trump hit the same dark milestone in April 2020, the media used it to attack him. That same media was largely quiet when the mark was reached this week.

Biden used the milestone to levy a criticism at Trump at the time, saying, “It’s April the 29th, and by the end of this month, we will have lost more people to the coronavirus, dead, than we lost in the entire Vietnam War, Americans lost in the entire Vietnam War. And you know, I think the president should lower the flag on the White House to half-mast to recognize their loss, and all they leave behind. … Folks, I think if he does not do that, when I’m president, I promise you that’s what I’ll do.”

New Yorker reporter Olivia Nuzzi asked Trump at a press conference: “If an American president loses more Americans over the course of six weeks than died in the entirety of the Vietnam War, does he deserve to be re-elected?”

Then-RNC Rapid Response Director Steve Guest highlighted the question, writing on Twitter: “Watch New York Magazine ‘reporter’ Olivia Nuzzi crack a smirk as she asks @realDonaldTrump if he should be re-elected because Americans have died due to the coronavirus pandemic that emanated from China.”

Left-wing activist Meena Harris, niece of Vice President Kamala Harris, tweeted at the time: “As of today, coronavirus has killed more Americans than the Vietnam War. Trump must resign.”

Steve Schmidt, co-founder of the Lincoln Project, wrote: “DERELICTION of DUTY is the term. The US has the largest death toll in the world and will soon pass the KIA number from the Vietnam War. The economy is shattered and not coming back this summer. Trump has failed his oath, his duty, his country and her people.”

Failed Democrat House candidate Lisa Welch wrote on Twitter: “In just 4 months more Americans died as a result of #COVID19 than there were casualties from the Vietnam War. This is a problem that current Presidential leadership and those who enable him should have prevented. Johnson took responsibility. Trump hides from it. Time for change.”

Other notable tweets from the time:

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