Biden struggles with coronavirus messaging on ABC’s ‘The View’

In recent days, former Vice President Joe Biden has made a number of highly critical statements about President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic — and in a recent appearance on ABC’s The View, Biden did much of the same.

According to the Daily Caller, Biden tried to lay out a plan to The View‘s hosts on Tuesday for addressing the COVID-19 situation — but unfortunately for his supporters, the Democratic presidential frontrunner seemed to stumble through his speech.

Muddled message

When asked if he was “at all concerned” about Trump’s recent statement that “we cannot let the cure [long-term economic shutdown] be worse than the problem itself,” Biden offered a puzzling answer.

“We have to take care of the cure,” he said, according to the Daily Caller. “That will make the problem worse no matter what. No matter what.”

Biden continued: “We know what has to be done. We know you have to, [inaudible] you’re tired of hearing the phrase, you’ve got to flatten that curve. Where it’s going up like this, people getting it, and then comes down.

“We’ve got to flatten that curve and we’ve got to make sure that once, in fact, we have this under control, it doesn’t come back,” Biden insisted.

He went on: “So what we should be focusing on is getting all the help necessary in terms of testing, in terms of access to the gear that our first responders, our doctors, our nurses need in treating people. We should be getting extra beds, hospital beds in the major cities around the country and in the rural areas.”

Mystery map

Biden next made reference to a map he said illustrated geographic areas that are currently lacking sufficient care that he had been sent by “the docs.” However, he ultimately decided not to show it.

“I have a map here,” he said as a paper could be heard shuffling, “I want, I can’t, well I want to share but you can’t see it.

“We have to get help there,” Biden went on. “We should be focusing on surging data, surging equipment, surging testing, surging all this information and all this capability around the country. That’s the first and foremost thing we should be doing instead of waiting around.”

Trump approval rises

As Biden stumbles his way through TV appearances, President Donald Trump has seen his approval ratings climb, both in terms of his handling of the coronavirus crisis as well as his overall job performance.

A Gallup poll conducted between March 13 and 22 revealed that 60% of Americans approve of the manner in which Trump is responding to the pandemic, while 49% approve of his performance in general. The latter figure marked a five-point increase from the polling firm’s previous survey on the same topic.

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