Joe Biden set himself up for mockery after he seemed to counter his own argument on children’s education amid the coronavirus lockdowns.
The Democrat pledged earlier this month that he would safely re-open schools across the nation during his first 100 days as president, calling it a “national priority to get our kids back into school and keep them in school.” But on Wednesday, he admitted the current method of distance learning is “unacceptable” and appeared to make a clear case for schools to reopen now.
While Biden was not advocating that children should be back in physical schools at the moment, his outrage over their lack of access to the internet in order to participate in virtual schooling left many shaking their heads.
“How could it be in America that parents must drive to a parking lot of a coffee shop or a library for WiFi – they can’t afford it at home,” he said during a press conference in Wilmington, Delaware,’ “so their children can sit in their car, participate in class and do their homework over the net?”
Joe Biden: “How could it be in America that parents must drive to a parking lot of a coffee shop or a library for wifi…so their children can sit in their car, participate in class and do their homework?”
— ABC News (@ABC) December 23, 2020
“That’s unacceptable in the United States of America,” he emphasized, as he continued reading the teleprompter talking points to “build back better.”
“We need to make sure that every child in this nation has access to a good education, regardless of their zip code. I know you’re probably tired of me saying that but it’s critically important,” he added.
Earlier in the month, Biden noted that he had spoken with the heads of the teachers’ unions and there was a “plan” to reopen schools across the nation to the tune of $100 billion.
“You gotta pay for this stuff,” he explained.
Biden: “I’ve spoken with the leaders of the unions […] we can safely open those elementary schools, where the highest risk of people transmitting the disease, number one” pic.twitter.com/PRqMuTtwyV
— Corey A. DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey) December 5, 2020
He also incorrectly claimed that the highest risk of coronavirus transmission is in elementary schools.
His comments this week on getting internet access for many schoolchildren sparked a wave of commentary on social media where, alongside all of those applauding every non-sensical plan Biden proposes, others called attention to the elephant in the room.
I hate to state the obvious here, but open schools = problem solved
— Naomi L Akins-Osuma (@MrsNaomiO) December 23, 2020
They used to be able to go to these places called schools.
— YinzerShawn (@ShawnLazeski) December 23, 2020
Schools have plenty of internet. Let them go back full time!!!
— Ryan Pacetti (@RyanPacetti) December 24, 2020
Completely agree. Open up the schools.
— JR Johnson (@thatplacejr) December 23, 2020
THEN OPEN UP THE SCHOOLS!!!!!!
— Oceania Unperson (@OceaniaUnperson) December 23, 2020
What is unacceptable is that these kids are not in school. OPEN UP THE USA!!!!!
— Ember541 (@ember541) December 23, 2020
“We need to spend more taxpayer money to provide WiFi so we can continue to keep children locked down at home.”
— Aaron D Dyer (@aaronddyer) December 23, 2020
Other Twitter users reminded the former vice president that he has already failed to deliver.
you had 8 years to fix and build that infrastructure if you wanted. want to know why it is like that? pay your bills or buy internet like everybody else. you can get internet for $40 a month. want to know how to pay it? open the country so people can work
— Shitter Was Full (@bigpapa5599) December 23, 2020
You’ve been in government for half a century.
Rural areas have languished for decades with little to no broadband internet under multiple administrations — one of them was yours.
I’m sure your gonna get on it now!
— cyr (@cyr_actual) December 23, 2020
He’s been in office for a thousand years. Who is he blaming?
— Jason Goode (@JasonMGoode) December 23, 2020
🤦♀️😳🙄 government mandates “no in person school classes” and realizes too late that not everyone has WiFi … it’s called zero forethought process in @DNC
— gillian 🇺🇸 geeyon (@gillianbdoll) December 23, 2020