On Friday, Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Chuch Schumer sat down for an interview. But when a reporter dared to ask Biden a relevant question, Biden quickly admonished him.
The video shows Biden telling Pelosi and Schumer, “In my Oval Office, mi casa, your casa.” He went on to say, “I hope we’re going to spend a lot of time together.”
The press was then told to leave, and a Biden aide can repeatedly be heard saying, “Let’s go, guys, let’s go.” Before going, a CBS News reporter attempted to ask Biden a parting question before they were escorted out of the room.
“Mr. Biden, the COVID task force, said it’s safe for students to be in class. Are you going to be encouraging unions to cooperate more to bring kids back to classrooms, sir?” Erickson politely asked.
Biden ignored the question and instead responded with, “Why are you the only guy that always shouts out questions?” He and Pelosi then laugh at the reporter.
Townhall columnist and radio host Derek Hunter reacted, “A completely valid and important question asked in a civil tone…deflected by Biden, who may not have understood it because it wasn’t screened by staff first.”
It was a relevant question because New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that all public schools would be closed starting Thursday. On the same day, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered all high school and college classrooms to close for three weeks. Meanwhile, in Kentucky, Governor Andy Beshear ordered all public and private schools to close starting on Monday.
On Thursday, members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force stated that schools should remain open despite a recent surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the country.
“The truth is, for kids K through 12, one of the safest places they can be, from our perspective, is to remain in school,” said Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a Thursday press conference. “And it’s essential that — following the data, making sure we don’t make emotional decisions about what to close and what not to close.”
“And I’m here to say clearly: The data strongly supports that K-through-12 schools, as well as institutes of higher learning, really are not where we have our challenges,” Redfield explained. “There’s extensive data that we have — we’ve gathered over the last two to three months — to confirm that K-through- 12 schools can operate with face-to-face learning, and they can do it safely, and they can do it responsibly.”