The COVID-19 crisis in the US has pushed the 2020 election to the back burner and forced 78-year-old presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden into hiding.
As lockdowns across the nation slowly begin to relax, Biden has announced that he has no plans to return to a normal campaign schedule, saying on Tuesday that he’s staying home for the foreseeable future “to set an example … with this health and economic crisis.”
Hiding in his basement
The septuagenarian candidate is among the most vulnerable to a serious COVID-19 infection due not only to his age but also because of several underlying conditions — including a chronic cardiac dysrhythmia.
Biden’s campaign manager attempted to dismiss GOP criticism that the Democrat candidate is “hiding in his basement” as the coronavirus crisis rages.
“Voters don’t give a s– about where he’s filming from,” campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon told the Associated Press. “What they care about is what he’s saying and how we connect with them.”
Biden himself addressed the criticism during a Tuesday interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “The idea that somehow we are being hurt by my keeping to the rules and following the instructions that (have) been put forward by doctors is absolutely bizarre.”
Biden has attempted to enter the new age of virtual campaigning with several disastrous virtual press briefings and campaign events. However, Donald Trump’s wildly popular daily press briefings overshadowed Biden’s attempts to garner national attention.
According to the Associated Press, Donald Trump “wants to return to a conventional travel schedule. He travels next on Thursday to Pennsylvania, and aides say he wants to travel at least once a week.”
Biden, on the other hand, dismissed the notion that his campaign will move ahead that quickly.
“I’m getting really frustrated with, not you, but this, the whole notion that somehow we can just open, we can move,” Biden told Stephanopoulos.
“I’m anxious to go out and campaign, George, you know, when I campaign I’m usually the first one there and the last one to leave,” Biden continued. “I’m not trying to avoid it but I’m trying to set an example as to how we should proceed in terms of dealing with this health and economic crisis.”
Concerns are rising within the Democrat party that Biden has already lost too much momentum due to shelter-in-place orders. Biden brushed off concerns, saying “Everybody says, you know, ‘Biden’s hiding,’ but I tell you something, we’re doing very well. We’re winning, if you look at all the polling data.”