As the coronavirus crisis continues to unfold, President Trump has been holding daily briefings on his administration’s response. On the other hand, Democrat frontrunner Joe Biden has disappeared for over a week.
Since all major public gatherings have been canceled, the coronavirus crisis has forced Biden to step into the 21st century. In an apparent effort to retain his frontrunner status, Biden has recently announced that he’ll start doing online briefings of his own.
Desperate to stay relevant
On Sunday, an article in The Hill reported on an interaction between Biden and a donor during a recent telefundraiser. “I would just love to see you more,” the individual was quoted as saying. “Like, how do we get more of you and less of [President Trump] on our airwaves?”
In response, Biden is said to have promised a daily briefing from his home in Delaware as an alternative to Trump’s presentations, stating, “I’m going to speak to these issues.”
Biden said that his team is setting up a “new high-speed line” at his Delaware home so that the former vice president can stay in contact with his voter base through the shutdown.
Biden has been notably missing from the national coronavirus conversation since the CDC first announced the 15-day “stop the spread” crackdown last week. Biden told reporters on Friday that he was “desperate” for more opportunities to get his message to the public.
“I want to be in daily or at least significant contact with the American people and communicate what I would be doing and what I think we should be doing,” Biden said.
Trump’s approval up
President Trump’s efforts at communication appear to have paid off, with a Friday ABC News/Ipsos poll showing a 55 percent approval rating for his coronavirus response, compared to 43 percent of respondents who disapproved.
Those findings are a significant departure from a survey conducted the previous week. Then, only 43 percent voiced approval for the president’s conduct as opposed to 54 percent who disapproved.
Another poll from Harris stated that Trump’s overall approval rating has risen to 53 percent, a first for his presidency. Meanwhile, a Rassmussen survey done between March 18 and 22 rated his approval at 45 percent.
Those numbers compare well with President Obama’s ratings at the same point in his presidency. A Gallup poll found that Obama held a 46 percent approval rate in March of 2012.
Another person who has generated a significant amount of good press in recent days has been New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo has been holding regular briefings of his own, and his leadership has caused some Democrats to begin using the hashtag #PresidentCuomo on Twitter.