CLAIM: Former Vice President Joe Biden falsely claimed on Thursday that the Trump administration’s novel coronavirus relief efforts only benefited the “wealthiest corporations.”
During a nationally televised town hall with ABC News on Thursday, the Democrat nominee was asked how his response to the pandemic would have differed from that of President Donald Trump. Biden, in his response, accused Trump of being preoccupied with the economy at the start of the outbreak, instead of saving lives.
“It is the president’s responsibility to lead and he didn’t do that,” Biden said. “He didn’t talk about what needed to be done, because he kept worrying, in my view, about the stock market.”
The former vice president further claimed that Trump’s “barometer of success on the economy is the [stock] market,” as witnessed by the administration’s pandemic relief efforts.
“Congress passed a couple trillion dollars worth of help and what happened was