What is the difference between the Biden South Africa travel ban and Trump’s travel ban?

Biden’s South Africa travel ban compared to Trump COVID restrictions he denounced

The Washington Examiner compares the Biden travel ban to the Trump travel ban (which Biden denounced).

BidenYellsPresident Joe Biden’s decision to impose additional air travel restrictions on South Africa and seven other countries in response to a new COVID-19 strain is being contrasted with his response to similar policies under former President Donald Trump.

Biden issued a proclamation Friday night saying Washington would “suspend and restrict the entry into the United States, as immigrants and nonimmigrants, of noncitizens” from the eight African nations effective Monday, though he mentioned the decision in a previous statement hours earlier in the day after Thanksgiving.

“As a precautionary measure until we have more information, I am ordering additional air travel restrictions from South Africa and seven other countries,” Biden said in the statement sent by the White House. “These new restrictions will take effect on November 29. As we move forward, we will continue to be guided by what the science and my medical team advises.”

Biden was among the Democratic leaders who responded with criticism to Trump’s restrictions on travel from China, where the virus originated.

“We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus,” Biden tweeted early last year while still a candidate. “We need to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.”

Biden also said a “wall” and bans on travel would not stop the virus.

Many on social media were quick to note Biden’s original tweets when this latest move was announced.

Biden later argued he was referring to Trump’s overall history of inflammatory comments about foreign countries and their nationals, not the China travel ban itself. Similarly, other Democrats contended that Trump’s order curbing travel from seven Muslim-majority countries dealing with terrorism could not be separated from his rhetoric about a broader ban on Muslim immigration during the 2016 campaign.

Only on Nov. 8 did the Biden administration loosen restrictions on European travelers to allow those with proof of vaccination and a negative test entry into the U.S. The White House has also caught criticism from some liberals for continuing to turn away migrants at the border under the Trump-era COVID-19 rule Title 42.

Biden’s newest rule will restrict travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi to buy time to study ways to slow the spread of the new COVID-19 variant, citing scientific guidance.

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

There is little difference (other than Biden’s marked talent for demonstrating incompetence) between the two — other than a Democrat-favoring press

As we know from a 22 March 2021 op-ed from The Hill, the press treats Biden very differently from the way they prosecuted Trump.

Sometimes, all it takes is a seemingly insignificant incident to show how biased journalists can be. Take Joe Biden’s stumble while walking up the steps to Air Force One on Friday.

President Biden was on his way to Atlanta when he tripped three times ascending the stairs of Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. The White House blamed it on “wind” and said he “left the plane with ease” when he arrived in Atlanta. 

The Daily Mail reports that, “As of Friday afternoon, the homepages of MSNBC, CBS News, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and New York Times had no mention of Biden’s stumbling incident earlier in the day at Joint Base Andrews.” 

According to various organizations that monitor the media, CNN devoted 15 seconds to the incident and MSNBC about a minute. NBC’s Chuck Todd on MSNBC said, “We’ve all run up stairs and had that moment ourselves. And if you haven’t, you aren’t a human being.”

Fair enough. The fall appeared to be no big deal and the coverage reflected the insignificance of what happened.

But compare how the media covered Biden’s fall with how they covered Donald Trump’s slow walk down a ramp after he delivered a graduation address at West Point in June of 2020: According to the Media Research Center, CNN devoted 22 minutes and 13 seconds to Trump’s walk down the ramp, and MSNBC devoted 28 minutes and 42 seconds to the story. 

Why so much time? Because it provided liberal news outlets that were no fans of Trump with the opportunity to question his physical and even mental fitness for office.

When Biden, who is 78, fell and it was treated as simply a slip, something we’ve all done at one time or another. But with Trump, who is 74, it was treated as a sign of potential serious health questions.

The New York Times ran “Trump’s Halting Walk Down Ramp Raises New Health Questions” as its headline in 2020. Compare that to its headline when Biden fell last week: “Biden is ‘doing 100 percent fine’ after tripping while boarding Air Force One.”

The Washington Post’s headline in 2020 was: “Trump tries to explain his slow and unsteady walk down a ramp at West Point.” But when Biden fell three times in a matter of seconds, the Post headline simply said: “Biden stumbles climbing stairs on Air Force One.” 

In 2020, MSNBC anchor Joy-Ann Reid tweeted: “Serious question: What is going on with [Trump]? His supporters have tried so hard to get the media to question Joe Biden’s mental and physical fitness but they so often engage in projection it seems worth inquiring.”

CNN couldn’t speculate enough about the Trump story in 2020:

  • Anchor Alisyn Camerota asked medical expert Dr. Sanjay Gupta, “Do you see something, possibly neurological, that could be throwing off his balance?” Gupta responded that a lot of neurologists were talking about the situation.
  • Anchor John King said Trump looked “a little shaky” on the ramp.  
  • Political correspondent Abby Phillip wondered if Trump was being “transparent” about his health based on the “latest incidents.”
  • Political commentator Chris Cillizza said it was an important story because Trump was 74 at the time. “We know so little about Donald Trump’s past medical history,” Cillizza said. As he talked, the on-screen graphic read: “Trump’s unsteady walk, arm lift raise health questions.”

Then-presidential candidate Biden even got into the act, saying: “Look at how he steps and look at how I step. Watch how I run up ramps and he stumbles down ramps. Come on.” 

At the time, then-President Trump responded to speculation that he may have serious medical problems by noting that the ramp was slippery. But Maggie Haberman of the New York Times didn’t buy it. “There was no evidence that the ramp was slippery, and the skies were clear during the ceremony,” she wrote.

And, in its news story, the Times said: “Mr. Trump — who turned 74 on Sunday, the oldest a U.S. president has been in his first term — was recorded hesitantly descending the ramp one step at a time after he delivered an address to graduating cadets at the New York-based academy on Saturday.” 

Compare that to how the Times began its March 19 story on President Biden’s stumble: “President Biden was ‘doing fine’ after falling off balance while boarding Air Force One before his Friday trip to Atlanta, according to a press secretary traveling with him.” That seemed to be enough for the Times; there was nothing in its March 19 story that raised questions about Joe Biden’s physical or mental ability because of his stumble.

(Read more at The Hill)

The really crazy thing about this topic of inequity in coverage by the Democrat-favoring press is this March op-ed is the last main-stream acknowledgement of their obvious problem. Don’t tell me that it has not gotten worse since then.

But then there comes broadcasts like the ones captured in the following tweets:

If Trump’s ban most derided act was a Muslim ban and the first COVID travel ban was “hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering” — then this act of Biden’s ban is a Black ban

If the ban that stopped travel from countries on the terrorist watch list can be called a “Muslim ban” by the Democrat-favoring press, then this ban must be called a Black ban.  Truth of the matter is that Biden’s ban will do little to stop the spread of a disease that has hardly-noticeable symptoms and has already cropped up in Canada, Britain, and the Netherlands. 


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