Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden is reportedly quitting his negative attacks on President Donald Trump — at least temporarily.
Biden’s campaign reportedly said Friday that they are canceling all their negative ads against Trump. The decision comes after President Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19 and was hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center for treatment on Friday.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) criticized the decision in a tweet Friday, asking, “Why would Biden delay or suspend his campaign when we know Trump would’ve had ads up by noon today ridiculing Biden for testing positive? Get it together.”
While Biden responded to the news of Trump’s diagnosis by saying he would “continue to pray for the health and safety of the President and the First Lady,” some of his supporters have gleefully celebrated the news of Trump’s diagnosis on social media.
The former vice president and his wife tested negative for the coronavirus today, allaying fears that Biden could have contracted the virus during the debate Tuesday.
The challenge is clear for Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris. Giving up their negative ads means they have to actually make a case for electing Biden that doesn’t revolve entirely around getting President Trump out of the White House.
The next debate, which is scheduled for October 15th in Miami, seems unlikely to happen at this point.
A more realistic scenario is that President Trump will recover and be ready to debate in the final debate, which is scheduled for October 22nd.
The next week is a critical one for Joe Biden and could make or break his campaign.
Kamala Harris will no longer be able to avoid the spotlight as she is set to take on Vice President Mike Pence in a debate in Salt Lake City on the 7th. While Biden’s debate with Trump wasn’t nearly as damaging as expected, Harris’s encounter with Pence could be devastating. Pence is President Trump’s polar opposite when it comes to debating style and his cool methodical style could potentially demolish Harris in front of the nation.
Trump campaign adapts
Meanwhile, though Trump is in the hospital, his bid for re-election isn’t completely on hold. Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien announced the launch of “Operation MAGA” on Saturday, which will “will fire up the entire MAGA universe to keep President Trump’s campaign at full speed until our Commander-in-Chief returns to the campaign trail.”