Joe Biden's COVID Is 'Karma' for His Cancer Speech: Fox News Contributor

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Fox News contributor Joey Jones claimed that President Joe Biden was "pretending to have cancer" during a speech on Wednesday and tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday due to "karma." Biden is pictured on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., on July 20, 2022. Drew Angerer/Getty

Fox News contributor Joey Jones has argued that President Joe Biden testing positive for COVID-19 on Thursday is "karma" for Biden's controversial remarks about his battle with cancer on the previous day.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement that Biden was experiencing "very mild symptoms" following a positive test on Thursday. During a speech in Massachusetts on Wednesday, the president said that his childhood in Delaware was accompanied by pollution heavy enough that his mother needed to wipe "oil slicks" off a car windshield to drive him to school. Biden said that the pollution was the reason that he and others "have cancer."

Although Biden's cancer remark was made while he was speaking about the past, and the White House quickly clarified that he was talking about skin cancer he experienced prior to his presidency, his brief use of the present tense resulted in some insisting that he had made an announcement about a current cancer diagnosis. Jones asserted that Biden had been "pretending to have cancer" while discussing his COVID-19 diagnosis on the Thursday edition of Fox News' Outnumbered.

"I think life comes at you fast. I think when you're pretending to have cancer one day and you have COVID the next, you might want to recalibrate how you treat things and how you talk," Jones said, provoking laughter from at least one of his co-panelists.

Jones insisted that he did not want to "wish bad luck on" Biden and claimed that he was not saying that his cancer remark was "the reason why" he contracted COVID-19. Regardless, he then argued that "karma" may have played a role in the president's illness.

"I get so frustrated with these politicians that think they have to connect themselves to every dire thing that happens in an American's life," said Jones. "And I think President Biden—his little statement on cancer yesterday—is proof of that, that politicians have taken that too far."

"What I hope is he recovers fast, it doesn't hurt him that well—that much at all" he added. "And then when he recovers, he reconsiders just how politicians work on stuff like this. Because saying he had cancer the way he did, and backtracking it the way they did, that's karma, man. You don't wanna fool with that, you don't want to put into the universe something like that."

Prior to becoming president, Biden was diagnosed with multiple "localized, non-melanoma skin cancers" that were surgically removed, according to a November 2021 report by his physician. The report suggested that the cancer may have been caused by the president spending "a good deal of time in the sun in his youth."

The president's COVID-19 diagnosis has raised health concerns. As a 79-year-old cancer survivor, Biden is at an increased risk of experiencing severe illness, although he is also fully vaccinated and has received two vaccine booster doses.

Although he is experiencing only mild symptoms, Biden is being treated with a course of the antiviral medication Paxlovid. Dr. Kevin O'Connor, the physician to the president, said that he expects Biden to "respond favorably" to the illness.

Newsweek has reached out to Fox News and the White House for comment.