The Republican Party loves to point out that Joe Biden has not held a press conference in nearly three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. After the former vice president answered questions from the media today, Donald Trump may be wishing that the man trying to kick him out of the Oval Office has continued to walk away from the media microphones.
“I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive ability with the cognitive ability of the man I’m dealing with,” the alleged Democratic nominee responded with a smile to the final question from a Fox News Channel reporter who asked about his faculties and the prospect of facing the first Celebrity Apprentice host in a trio of debates.
Surely the cable news, social media, and late-night TV takeaway of the journalist held at a Wilmington, Delaware, high school, Biden’s last-minute jab of self-declared “stable genius” Trump was within the general tone of the Democrats. day.
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Beating Trump for his constant “racial harassment” and lack of patriotism or concern for Americans by not wearing a coronavirus mask, Biden also mocked a series of taunts over the incumbent’s response to COVID-19, and reports from the Russian rewards offered on American troops in Afghanistan.
“This president does not seem cognitively aware of what is happening,” Biden testified of Trump’s response that he did not know about the information. He also criticized the president for his close and flattering relationship with Vladimir Putin.
“At the very least, I should have picked up the phone and said, ‘Vladimir, old friend, if any of this is true and it doesn’t stop right away, you have a big problem, a big problem,'” said Biden of Trump. “So the idea that somehow he did not know or is not being informed is a breach of duty, if that is the case,” added the former vice president in very direct terms. “And if he was informed and nothing was done about it, that is a breach of duty.”
Yesterday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said her boss was not personally informed of the reported rewards that allegedly caused a series of US casualties, according to the Washington Post. Former Fox News regular McEnany added that Trump was not informed due to “dissenting views” among various US intelligence agencies on the credibility of the information.
Biden today broke the analyzed distinction.
“If these allegations are true, and he did nothing about it, then, in fact, I think the public should … conclude that this man is not fit to be the President of the United States of America,” Biden said.
Trump remained unusually quiet today after Biden’s direct embarrassment, though his reelection campaign manager Brad Parscale responded quickly, misplaced, missing the point as much as he did at the lukewarm Tulsa rally Trump held last week. :
Has Joe Biden taken a cognitive test? He just said that he has been “tested” and is “constantly tested”.
What was the results? Why are you constantly testing? Icpic.twitter.com / MVdJ3V8ovp
– Brad Parscale (@parscale) June 30, 2020
A self-pitying Trump took to social media after Biden’s press conference without mentioning his rival:
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2020
Throwing his amiable Uncle Joe character in scathing remarks before the press conference, Biden focused on the administration’s faltering reaction to the coronavirus pandemic. “It seems that our wartime president surrendered, waved the white flag and left the battlefield,” Biden lamented, mocking the image of Trump’s tough guy.
In contrast, while presenting another plan to combat the growing pandemic, Biden told reporters gathered in his hometown that “I am not going to hold demonstrations” during the campaign with COVID-19 cases on the rise across the country. “I would rather be there with the people,” Biden admitted in a nod to his traditional approach to retail policy.
Biden also did not shy away from the social and cultural changes that swept the nation in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of those Minneapolis police officers.
“I can understand the anger and anguish of having a statue of Robert E Lee if you are African American,” the Veep told the first African American commander-in-chief of the United States about the fall of historic monuments in response to “racism in the United States … Don’t be surprised if someone knocks down a Jefferson Davis statute, “potential POTUS said of the former Mississippi senator who served as confederation president during the Civil War.
Walking down a delicate line, Biden offered a nuanced reaction to the statute’s destruction that has seen defamation of Confederate figures and also Ulysses S. Grant, who led the Union Army to victory.
“There is a distinction between … a difference between reminders and memories of history and the recovery of history,” said Biden, paraphrasing former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who downed Confederate statues during his time in office.
“So the idea of comparing whether George Washington had slaves or Thomas Jefferson had slaves [to] Someone who was in rebellion, committing treason, trying to bring down the union to maintain slavery, I think there is a distinction there, Biden said. “So I think the idea of tearing down, I think all those Confederate monuments to Confederate soldiers and generals who strongly supported secession and slavery maintenance and went to war to do it, I think those statues belong to museums, not You don’t belong in public places.
After walking away from the podium on Tuesday, Biden himself turned to social media to criticize his view of Trump’s coronavirus policy, or lack thereof:
Mr. President, the American people have not made huge sacrifices in the past four months, so you could waste your time with ranting and nightly tweets.
Increase. Take responsibility Do your job.
– Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 30, 2020
Biden promised to keep Dr. Anthony Fauci on the job and his appearance at the press conference also comes a day when the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases warned a Congressional committee that “he would not be surprised if we increased to 100,000 [cases] one day if this doesn’t change. “
With borders closed, national and international travel restricted, and a number of states re-locked, there are about 2.7 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., with nearly 130,000 Americans killed so far by the virus. .