Way to state the obvious.

Courtesy of WaPo:

The presidential campaign was roiled this weekend by a fresh outbreak of the novel coronavirus at the White House that infected at least five aides or advisers to Vice President Pence, a spread that President Trump’s top staffer acknowledged Sunday he had tried to avoid disclosing to the public.

With the election a little over a week away, the new White House outbreak spotlighted the administration’s failure to contain the pandemic as hospitalizations surge across much of the United States and daily new cases hit all-time highs.

The outbreak around Pence, who chairs the White House’s coronavirus task force, undermines the argument Trump has been making to voters that the country is “rounding the turn,” as the president put it at a rally Sunday in New Hampshire.

Further complicating Trump’s campaign-trail pitch was an extraordinary admission Sunday from White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows that the administration had effectively given up on trying to slow the virus’s spread.

“We’re not going to control the pandemic,” Meadows said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigations.”

So to be clear the White House is saying that they do not know what to do without a vaccine, and that vaccine is still many months or even a year away. 

Of course, there are ways to mitigate the spread of the virus, that scientists have been promoting for months now. 

Wear a mask, practice social distancing, and quarantine those who test positive while using contact tracing to find who else may be infected. 

Joe Biden was quick to respond to this admission from the Trump folks:

“This wasn’t a slip by Meadows; it was a candid acknowledgment of what President Trump’s strategy has clearly been from the beginning of this crisis: to wave the white flag of defeat and hope that by ignoring it, the virus would simply go away,” Biden said in a statement. “It hasn’t, and it won’t.”

At this point this race is no longer about politics, it is about our very survival. 

Vote for Trump and see this country further ravaged by a virus that is killing us by the hundreds every day, or vote for Joe Biden and allow the grownups to take over and help us to get to the other side.