It is not often we see a mainstream reporter take a shot at the Democratic presidential nominee, but it now appears even the media is getting concerned about “Joe Hiden’.”
After it was announced on Saturday that Joe Biden was not making any public appearances for the day, CBS reporter Kathryn Winston wondered on Twitter: “Not sure why Biden isn’t doing more to show he can outwork Trump[?]”
“And yes I realize there’s a pandemic and he shouldn’t be out shaking hands. But he has a team of experienced people at his disposal to think up creative ways to campaign safely,” she added in a follow-up tweet.
Business as usual for Trump
Saturday’s announcement was particularly worrying for Biden supporters because President Donald Trump was out and about making campaign stops on Nevada that same day — and making the most of his opportunities to attack his rival.
“Sleepy Joe Biden. You know where he is now? He’s in his damn basement again,” Trump told the crowd in Minden, Nevada on Saturday evening, according to Politico.
Even though the nation is struggling amid a pandemic, Trump is demonstrating to voters that he wants it more. After working in D.C. all day, he often jumps on Air Force One or Marine One to make an evening appearance somewhere. This is a stark contrast to how Joe Biden has been conducting his campaign.
President Trump has already dubbed Joe Biden as “Joe Hiden’” for preferring to make virtual appearances from his Delaware home instead of traveling.
Even though Biden has surfaced more often in the last few weeks, he has largely relied on virtual campaigning to keep his presidential hopes alive. On the few occasions when Biden has made in-person appearances, the support is often thin — especially when compared to Trump’s crowds of enthusiastic supporters.
The CBS reporter’s tweets come as quite the contrast to how the media was previously treating Biden, largely taking a hands-off approach so as not to upset the apple cart.
Trump has also piled on, demanding fairer treatment by the media. “And somebody like Biden, he doesn’t know what to do. He doesn’t come out because he can’t. He doesn’t take any questions from reporters. … This guy doesn’t come out of his basement, and he hasn’t taken one question,” Trump stated, according to a recent Fox News report.
Biden is also facing considerable scrutiny for appearing to be fed answers to questions via a teleprompter, something a campaign staffer recently refused to refute. Watch below:
Joe Biden is relying on a teleprompter to answer questions: “move it up here,” he tells his staff.
There are long pauses between his words as he waits for the prompter to scroll. pic.twitter.com/zYlMbfd2mA
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