Former Vice President Joe Biden slammed President Trump’s celebration of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest jobs report and urged him to stop diminishing the seriousness of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But Biden noted that 15 million Americans still remain out of work amid the crisis and argued “there’s no victory to be celebrated.”
“Today’s report is positive news, and I’m thankful for it,” Biden said, “but make no mistake, we’re still in a deep, deep job hole because Donald Trump has so badly bungled the response to coronavirus.”
Biden focused his remarks on lower-income Americans – “everyone who doesn’t own stock, who can’t get the sweetheart loan through connections” – asking “does this feel like a victory?” and asserting that many of the jobs regained in the latest report were people on temporary furlough, which he called “the easiest jobs to get back.”
Biden also called attention to Trump not mentioning coronavirus in his remarks about the jobs report despite the U.S. reaching a record 50,000 new cases.
“Trump wants to declare his health crisis over and unemployment solved. Unfortunately, he’s deadly wrong on both fronts,” Biden said.