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President Biden Honors 500,000 COVID-19 Victims

President Joe Biden honors and delivered emotional remembrance of 500,000 COVID-19 victims. Joe Biden stood outside the White House in a moment of silence to honor the lives of the more than 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19. Joe Biden and Kamal Harris acknowledged a grim milestone on Monday. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris along with first lady Jill Biden and second gentleman Doug Emhoff emerged from the White House at sundown. During the remarks in the Cross Hall of the White House, Joe Biden said that “Today we mark a truly heartbreaking milestone: 500,071 dead. That’s more Americans who have died in one year in this pandemic than in World War 1, World War 2, and the Vietnam War combined. That’s more lives lost to this virus than any other nation on Earth”. 

President Biden Honors 500,000 COVID-19 Victims

The US recorded a milestone of half a million deaths from the Coronavirus with over 28 million cases, a year since the first known Coronavirus death was recorded in the country. Biden also said that “I know all too well. I know what it’s like to not be there when it happens. I know what it’s like when you are there, holding their hands, as they look in your eye and they slip away. That black hole in your chest, you feel like you’re being sucked into it”. 

President Biden Honors 500,000 COVID-19 Victims

Biden has often talked about empathizing with Americans who have lost loved ones

According to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard, the United States passed the grim milestone on Monday. When COVID-19 deaths surpassed 225,000 in late October, just days away from the November election, Trump downplayed the rising number of cases and falsely claimed that there was unnecessary attention to the topic. Trump baselessly claimed that the rise of the cases was due to increased testing. 

He also tweeted that “cases up because we test, test, test. A fake news media conspiracy. Many young people deal very fast. Corrupt media conspiracy at an all-time high. On November 4th, the topic will totally change. VOTE”. Trump also said that he wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down because I don’t want to create a panic. 

Instead of this, president Joe Biden has chosen to acknowledge the lost lives and collective pain many have endured during the pandemic and offered a hopeful tone for the future. He said, “This nation will smile again. This nation will know sunny days again. This nation will know joy again. And as we do, we will remember each person we have lost, the lives they lived, the loved ones they left behind. We have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow. We have to resist viewing each life as a statistic or a blur, on the news. We must do so to honor the dead. But, equally important, to care for the living”.   

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