Democrats defend states issuing new COVID-19 restrictions

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Coronavirus case spikes across the country put Democrats on the defensive about further COVID-19 restrictions now that President-elect Joe Biden finds himself in a similar situation as President Trump at the beginning of the pandemic.

“I’m not going to shut down the economy, period,” Biden said during a press conference Thursday. He added he did not think a national lockdown was necessary because “every region, every area, every community can be different.”

At a March 20 White House briefing, Trump was asked why he had not considered a national lockdown and responded, “I don’t think so. Essentially, you’ve done that in California, you’ve done that in New York. Those are really two hotbeds.”

He added, “Those are probably the two hottest of them all, in terms of hot spots. I don’t think so because you go out to the Midwest, you go out to other locations, and they’re watching it on television, but they don’t have the same problems. They don’t have, by any means, the same problem.”

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