Although presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden ventured to Pennsylvania for a campaign event on Thursday, his arrival notably lacked one element.
Several journalists greeted him outside, with one specifically requesting a press conference, but according to Breitbart, the candidate appeared to ignore them and continue inside to the event.
The Biden campaign has already faced criticism over the perception that the former vice president is avoiding the media.
“How about a press conference”
It has now been nearly three months since he last held a formal press conference, and recent behavior does not signal any eagerness to hold another one anytime soon.
As for the campaign event in Lancaster, it was sparsely attended by supporters, ostensibly in an attempt to institute social distancing. His disregard for one reporter’s request for a press conference, however, might be a more telling characteristic. Multiple reporters on the scene posted video footage of Biden’s entry into the event venue, as Breitbart reported.
“How about a press conference, sir?” one journalist shouted.
Biden appeared to continue walking without addressing the request.
Former Vice President Joe Biden just arrived at his event here in Lancaster, Pa. pic.twitter.com/mpeGJcHSeW
— Gillian McGoldrick (@gill_mcgoldrick) June 25, 2020
“This is beyond a normal mistake”
Biden has spent much of the campaign isolated at his home amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Despite his infrequent live speeches, his verbal gaffes continued to dominate his public addresses.
In his Lancaster remarks, for example, he attracted some negative press coverage for his claim that 120 million Americans have died from the virus — apparently meaning 120,000. President Donald Trump took the opportunity to jab his presumptive general-election rival by sharing a video of the flub along with a tweet questioning why it had not made even more headlines.
“If I ever said something so mortifyingly stupid, the Fake News Media would come down on me with a vengeance,” the president tweeted, according to the New York Post. “This is beyond a normal mistake. Why isn’t the media reporting it?”
Biden seems incapable of making it through any event without a major misstatement. In light of that fact, perhaps it makes sense that he has yet to set the date for his next press conference.