In this strange period between Biden’s victory and Trump’s departure, the lame duck president and the next president have taken markedly different paths, if not surprising.
Trump is wrapping around the center of his delusional attempt to regain a presidency that is slipping from his grip with each passing day. Reeling between injustice and dreams of lying, he does not think about the destruction in his path. Biden, who operates in the world as it exists, is meticulously building a prospective government. And in the past two days since a Trump nominee allowed the official transition to begin, Biden’s team began examining the rusty nuts and bolts of the besieged institutions it would inherit.
Biden’s reality and Trump’s delusions collide on Thanksgiving Eve.
Then, Trump invited Pennsylvania Republicans to the White House for the West Wing meeting, two sources told CNN. It is a repeat of the maneuver the president has tried with two of the top legislators from the Republican Party in Michigan, who visited Washington last week, to extract the information the president hopes will lead to more fuel for his unfounded allegations of election fraud. But he received nothing and Republicans soon issued a statement afterward confirming the truth – that they “have not yet been informed of any information that would alter the election outcome in Michigan.”
Biden said: “I know the country is tired of fighting. But we have to remember that we are at war with the virus, not with each other. Not with each other.” “This is the moment when we need to strengthen the backbone, redouble our efforts, and recommit ourselves to the fight.”
As he did during the campaign, Biden voiced his grief – over the loss of his first wife and infant daughter in 1972, and his son’s death of brain cancer just over five years earlier – in an effort to calm American grief. .
“It’s really hard to care,” Biden said of the picturesque scene of an “empty chair” where a loved one once sat. “It’s hard to give thanks. It’s hard even to think to look forward, it’s very hard to hope. I understand. I will think and pray to each of you on this Thanksgiving.”
Earlier in the day, future first lady Jill Biden was spotted delivering bags of goods at a food bank in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, where Biden is vacationing. This small gesture highlighted the formidable challenges facing many, as their lives have been financially devastated by the pandemic, who have turned to increasingly strained charitable organizations to temporarily meet basic needs.
“Nobody should go hungry in America,” she added.
Kelly O’Connell, CEO of Lakeview Pantry in Chicago, described traumatic scenes where hard-hit families come for help, many for the first time.
O’Connell described a family of four that had exhausted their savings, and spoke to CNN’s Brooke Baldwin about the feelings of shame that often accompany having to seek help.
“They came to us to be able to put food on their table for Thanksgiving,” she said. “One parent stayed in the car because they were a little awkward about the way they get the food. That’s really tough.”
Growing streaks outside the food banks have become a bitter hallmark of this miserable season.
Congress is still halting the relief package
On the horizon: more pain. An estimated 12 million people will lose the expanded unemployment benefits provided by the federal relief package that passed in March. The outlook for a second round of federal stimulus in the near future is bleak. There is a deadline for government funding in a few weeks, which could provide an opportunity for lawmakers to allocate some new aid. But the Democratic-backed House of Representatives incentive that was first passed in May and then refreshed in early October is fading.
Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to accept it, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has so far refused to consider smaller, piecemeal legislation. This predicament has left desperate American workers increasingly blind and pushed entire industries to the brink of the abyss.
The absence of a central regulatory figure in the White House has also started to raise concerns about the processes in place to distribute coronavirus vaccines. In a mirror of chaos this spring, when local leaders are left to bid against each other for ventilators and personal protective equipment, Illinois’ chief health official said the federal government had already told her that it could not meet an initial order of 400,000 doses.
“We are still waiting to see the answers, and maybe we understand why that is, but it seems that the initial allocations that we thought would be ready to go out – this number has decreased,” Dr. Ngozi Iziki told CNN reporter Nia Malika Henderson. As a result, all states will receive a lower amount.
Fight the increase
With Washington handcuffed and the Coronavirus spreading at record rates, Mayo Clinic, one of the nation’s leading health care providers, announced the recruitment of out-of-state employees and called on retirees to return to work to combat the virus spike. In Minnesota.
As of 10 p.m. Wednesday, Johns Hopkins University had reported 178,752 new cases nationwide and 2,207 deaths. This followed more than 2,100 Covid-19 related deaths on Tuesday, the highest for a single day since May. Public health experts are concerned that the millions who travel Thursday to spend time with family – indoors and unprotected – will trigger another wave of infections.
“She is probably the mother of all the superpreader events,” Dr. Jonathan Rayner, a former White House medical team advisor, told CNN this week.
He then proceeded to reinforce a behavior that would put them all at risk.
“I encourage all Americans to gather, in homes and places of worship, to offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God for our many blessings,” Trump said.