WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 09: Symone D. Sanders onstage during 2018 Urban One Honors at The Anthem on December 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
(CNSNews.com) – Biden campaign Senior Adviser Symone Sanders told “Fox News Sunday” that there is “no double standard” when it comes to Black Lives Matter protests versus President Donald Trump’s rally.
Sanders called Trump’s rally a “debacle” that “will long be remembered.” She said the Trump campaign “required that folks who were attending his rally sign a waiver so that if I were to get sick the coronavirus, that the campaign would not be held liable.”
But what she found “most damning” from the rally was Trump’s “admission” that he told people to slow down on COVID-19 testing.
“This is an appalling attempt to lessen the numbers only to make him look good. And so, I think that’s what will be remembered long after last night’s debacle of a rally. The admission of the president that he slowed testing for his political benefit and it’s not for the American people,” Sanders said.
Host Chris Wallace noted that “tens of thousands of people” marched through the streets in protest over the death of George Floyd and police brutality and many were not wearing masks. Biden called the protests “right and necessary with no mention of public health,” Wallace noted.
When asked why there is a double standard where the protests were okay but the president’s rally was dangerous, Sanders said, “There is no double standard here. Protesting is an American right. The American people have the right to go out and raise their voices.
“The difference here is, Chris, we are talking about the president of the United States whose vice president, by the way, heads the White House Coronavirus Task Force, holding a rally, not following their own precautions that his own public health officials have put out,” she said.
“Look, the president has to lead, Chris, and President Trump has demonstrated in so many times, in every sense of the word, that he is unable to do so. And so, the difference between folks going out and protesting police brutality and the president planning a rally where six of his own advanced staffers before the rally contracted COVID-19 is as clear as day,” Sanders said.
“And again, Chris, this is about public health. No one is saying, you know, we want the economy to reopen. We want folks to get back to work. More than 20 million Americans are still out of work. Almost 120,000 people have died due to COVID-19. Those jobless, those deaths did not have to happen,” she said.
“I just am asking this one question, why did the vice president — because whether it was indoors or outdoors, whatever the reason for the gathering, there were thousands of people in the streets in these protests. Why didn’t Vice President Biden say, look, I understand the concern, but these may be potential super-spreaders?”
“Chris, I just listened to your last segment where the doctor noted that there has — there is no evidence that the protests are what have spiked coronavirus cases across the country. So I’m not sure what you’re asking or what you’re suggesting. Look, Vice President Biden has really exhibited leadership on this issue. You know, we have been out campaigning,” Sanders said.
“I also heard you say we haven’t really been on the campaign trail. We’ve been on the campaign trail since March. We’ve been campaigning virtually, but you have seen Vice President Biden go back out into the actual campaign trail and our events are safe. They are socially distant. They adhere with the CDC guidelines,” she said.
“Vice President Biden wears a mask. People participating wearing masks because this is about being safe, Chris. This about ensuring the safety of everyone involved, and what President Trump has demonstrated yesterday is that he actually is not concerned with the public health, he is concerned with his ability to hold a rally. And I’d just like to note, the folks who are out there, they should be able to go get a coronavirus test,” Sanders said.
“The folks out there protesting, they should be able to get a coronavirus test. Unfortunately, because the president slowed testing, they are unable to do so,” she said.