Biden bans travel due to Covid variant, old tweets resurface
President Joe Biden’s old tweets have resurfaced after he announced that his administration will ban travel from South Africa.
“Trump further diminished the U.S. in the eyes of the world by expanding his travel ban. This new “African Ban,” is designed to make it harder for black and brown people to immigrate to the United States. It’s a disgrace, and we cannot let him succeed,” Biden wrote on Twitter on February 1, 2020.
Biden’s statement on his own travel ban did not harbor the same criticism, though.
“The day the World Health Organization identified the Omicron variant, I took immediate steps to restrict travel from the countries in Southern Africa. But while we know that travel restrictions can slow the spread – they cannot prevent it. We will have to face this new threat,” Biden wrote.
In March 2020, Biden wrote another tweet criticizing Trump’s travel bans.
“A wall will not stop the coronavirus. Banning all travel from Europe – or any other part of the world – will not stop it. This disease could impact every nation and any person on the planet [sic] and we need a plan to combat it,” Biden wrote.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also fired off a tweet slamming Trump’s travel ban in 2020.
“The Trump Admin’s expansion of its un-American travel ban is a threat to our security, our values and the rule of law. Barring more than 350 million people from predominantly African countries from traveling to the US, this rule is discrimination disguised as policy,” Pelosi wrote on January 31, 2020.
Several Republicans on Twitter reacted to the Democrats’ hypocrisy.
“Biden announced a new travel ban on 8 African nations due to the new Omicron variant of COVID. Still waiting on the outrage from the Left on how xenophobic and hate-driven this travel ban is. Anything…?” Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) wrote in a tweet.
“Just last year Joe Biden and Kamala Harris called travel bans ‘racist’ and ‘xenophobic.’ The hypocrisy here is amazing, but typical of this incompetent administration,” Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) wrote on Twitter.
“Biden has just announced a travel ban on 8 African nations due to the new Omicron variant of COVID. Suddenly travel bans aren’t xenophobic? Does this also apply to the illegals at the Southern Border or are they exempt as usual,” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) wrote.
A representative for President Joe Biden did not respond to the Independent Chronicle’s request for comment.