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Presidential candidate Joe Biden (no, he is not yet president-elect as no states have certified their election results) announced that he has selected Ron Klain as his potential White House Chief of Staff. Klain has been a senior advisor and top aide for Biden for many years. In fact, he was Vice President Biden’s chief of staff in 2009 during the Swine Flu outbreak. Of the Obama/Biden response, Klain said,
“It is purely a fortuity that this isn’t one of the great mass casualty events in American history. It had nothing to do with us doing anything right. It just had to do with luck. If anyone thinks that this can’t happen again, they don’t have to go back to 1918, they just have to go back to 2009, 2010 and imagine a virus with a different lethality, and you can just do the math on that.”
Biden’s coronavirus advisor Ron Klain admitted on tape that Obama-Biden’s response to swine flu was catastrophic:
“We did every possible thing wrong… It is purely a fortuity that this isn’t one of the great mass casualty events in American history.” pic.twitter.com/vNujKbEwkl
— Andrew Clark 🦃 (@AndrewHClark) July 16, 2020
But that’s not the first time Klain has said the quiet part out loud.
Despite his participation in the Swine Flu debacle, on February 13, Klain thought he’d weigh in on the COVID response by saying,
“We don’t have a COVID-19 epidemic in the US but we are starting to see a fear epidemic.”
On February 13, Joe Biden’s top coronavirus advisor Ron Klain tweeted: “We don’t have a coronavirus epidemic in the U.S.” He implied “fear” was the bigger threat.
The Coronavirus Task Force created by President Trump began meeting two and a half weeks before this tweet. pic.twitter.com/dhF9SLm1R5
— Matt Wolking (@MattWolking) April 5, 2020
Two weeks later he thought to add his two cents once more by saying,
“On #COVIDー19: If you want to do something useful today, go to Chinatown — buy a meal, go shopping. The virus attacks humans, not people of any ethnicity/race. Fear is hurting Chinese-American owned businesses, baselessly. Let’s fight the disease AND let’s fight prejudice.”
On #COVIDー19: If you want to do something useful today, go to Chinatown — buy a meal, go shopping. The virus attacks humans, not people of any ethnicity/race. Fear is hurting Chinese-American owned businesses, baselessly. Let’s fight the disease AND let’s fight prejudice.
— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) February 28, 2020
In 2014, Ron Klain responded to a tweet containing a Vox article titled, “68% of Americans think elections are rigged.” Ron Klain stated,
“That’s because they are.”
68% of Americans think elections are rigged. http://t.co/duqMRiV8x9
— Vox (@voxdotcom) July 15, 2014
I wonder if he’s changed his mind about elections being rigged since this time the media has called it for his candidate. Interestingly, Ron Klain was also general counsel for the Gore recount committee during the 2000 presidential election, who was also deemed president-elect by the media before the certification of results.
Although Ron Klain’s words have come back to haunt him, his loyalty and years of service to Joe Biden and other senior democratic politicians give Biden confidence in his ability as a potential White House Chief of Staff.