Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has faced some criticism for conducting a largely isolated and remote campaign, but that narrative reached a new peak with his behavior during a recent interview.
According to Breitbart, the former vice president wore a face mask for his appearance on a Wisconsin local news outlet — despite the fact that he was appearing via a Zoom connection and was apparently alone at his remote location.
“He wore a mask for a Zoom interview”
The incident occurred on Monday when Biden answered questions from WBAY’s Brittany Schmidt.
Of course, Biden has been among the leaders within his party and across the political spectrum to advise the recommended practice of wearing a face mask in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
Nevertheless, his appearance with a covered face for a remote television appearance has played into perceptions shared by some critics that wearing a mask has become more of a political statement than a preventative measure.
Breitbart’s Joel Pollak reacted to the perceived absurdity of Biden’s behavior in the caption of a tweet that including a video clip of the interview.
— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) September 22, 2020
“100 yards from the nearest human being”
Earlier the same day, Biden — again clad in a face mask — repeated attacks on the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic. Those remarks came during a speech at a Wisconsin foundry attended only by members of the press.
“We just watched him hold an indoor rally with thousands of people, many of whom weren’t wearing masks despite the clear evidence that we’re putting every one of those people’s lives at risk,” he said, according to Breitbart.
For his part, President Donald Trump this week once again jabbed his rival for his strict use of face masks.
“He comes up with a mask,” Trump said during a Pennsylvania campaign stop on Tuesday, according to the New York Post. “He’s like 100 yards from the nearest human being. I wonder in the debate. It will be him and I on the stage. Is he going to walk in with a mask? … The question is, will he leave it on during the debate?”
Both candidates have staked out their position on the issue of masks, representing one more topic about which voters will be able to weigh in on Election Day.