Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden gave a speech today in which he criticized President Donald Trump's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, specifying at one point that while he trusted scientists and vaccines, he did not trust Trump:
For the record, Biden's position is the popular one: Polls show most Americans do not trust Trump when it comes to a vaccine.
And yet on Fox Business this afternoon, anchor Melissa Francis and Wall Street Journal columnist Bill McGurn had some Very Serious Concerns about Biden's remarks about Trump and vaccines, calling them “distressing," “cynical," and merely the result of “political ambition."
Within an hour of these remarks, Trump spoke at the White House. He was soon asked about comments made by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield, who told Congress earlier today that a vaccine may be ready this fall but would not be widely available until later in 2021.
Redfield also said that universal mask-wearing would potentially be more effective than a vaccine.
Asked about this, Trump declared that Redfield must have been wrong on both counts:
Contrary to assertions of Fox News, this showed that Trump is extremely comfortable overruling the statements of medical experts whom he appointed himself. (And in many cases, that's because of what he may have heard on Fox News.)
Perhaps most Americans just see Trump's destructive actions for what they are.