In this strange interval between Biden’s victory and Trump’s departure, the lame-duck president and the incoming one have taken remarkably, surprisingly, different paths.
Trump is wrapped up in the axis of his illusory attempt to reclaim a presidency that is retreating from his grasp every day. He goes between flaws and pipe dreams, with no thought of destruction in his path. Biden, as he operates in the world, is making the wait in government very hard. Within two days of allowing a Trump-nominee to begin formal transformation, Biden’s team began examining the rusty nuts and bolts of the complex companies he inherited.
Biden’s reality and Trump’s fantasies collided on Thanksgiving Day.
Later, two sources told CNN that Trump had invited Pennsylvania Republicans to the White House for a West Wing meeting. The president hoped a reprint of a contest the president sought with two leading Michigan GOP state lawmakers who visited Washington last week would fuel more unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud. But he did not receive anything, and Republicans quickly issued a statement confirming the truth – “they do not yet know of any information that could change the outcome of the election in Michigan.”
“I know the country’s growing war. But we have to remember, we are fighting the virus, not each other. Not each other,” Biden said. “This is the moment when we need to steel our backs, redouble our efforts and reconsider ourselves for the fight.”
As he did during the campaign, Biden expressed his own grief – when he lost his first wife and infant in 1972, and when his son died of brain cancer five years ago – in an attempt to alleviate the grief of Americans.
“Very hard to notice,” Biden said of the breathtaking scene of an “empty chair” where a lover was sitting. “It’s hard to say thank you. It’s hard to even think about the prospect, so hard to believe. I understand. I will think and pray for each and every one of you on this Thanksgiving show.”
The day before, fianc முதல்e first lady Jill Biden was spotted unloading bags of groceries at a food bank on Rehoboth Beach in Delaware, where Bidens was spending the holidays. The small gesture underscores the broader challenges facing many, whose lives have been financially devastated by the epidemic, and they have turned to charities that are increasingly struggling to meet basic needs temporarily.
“No one in America should be hungry,” he added.
Kelly O’Connell, CEO of Lakeview Pantry in Chicago, described the painful scenes, as families of severely affected people come to the rescue, many for the first time.
O’Connell, who described a family of four, spoke with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin about her sense of humiliation, which is often a shame to ask for help.
“They came to us to put this Thanksgiving day at their table,” he said. “One of the parents stayed in the car because they were a little shy about how they got the food. And, it was so hard.”
Growing lines outside food banks have become a bitter sign of this bad season.
Congress still froze in the relief package
On the horizon: more pain. It is estimated that 12 million people will lose the extended unemployment benefits provided by the federal relief package passed in March. The prospects for a second round of federal stimulus in the future look bleak. There is a government funding deadline of a few weeks, which will allow lawmakers to budget some new assistance. But the pro-democracy House stimulus was first passed in May and then renewed in early October.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to accept it, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has so far refused to consider the small, fragmented law. This stalemate has worsened American workers and pushed entire businesses to the brink.
The lack of a central, organized person in the White House has also begun to raise concerns about procedures for distributing corona virus vaccines. In the wake of this spring’s turmoil, while local leaders were left to bid on each other for ventilators and personal protective equipment, Illinois ’top state health official said the federal government had already told itself the 400,000 initial demand could not be met.
“We are still waiting to see the answers, we can understand why, but the initial allocation seems to be ready to go out – that number has dropped,” Dr Nkosi told CKN’s Nia-Malika Henderson. “So as a result, all states are going to get a small amount.”
Fighting the uprising
The Mayo Clinic, one of the nation’s most important health care providers, has announced that it is recruiting staff from outside the state and urging retirees to return to work to combat the virus outbreak as the corona virus spreads at record rates in Washington.
As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, Johns Hopkins University reported 178,752 new cases and 2,207 deaths nationwide. This is the highest single-day count since May, following more than 2,100 Govt-19-related deaths on Tuesday. Public health professionals are worried about the millions of people who travel on Thursdays to spend time with their families – indoors, without security.
“It could be the mother of all supremacist events,” Dr. Jonathan Rainer, a former White House medical team consultant, told CNN this week.
He then encouraged dangerous behavior to everyone.
“In homes and places of worship, I encourage all Americans to come together to offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God for our many blessings,” Trump said.