There is one and exactly one thing that Joe Biden could do right now to prove he’s capable of being the President of the United States in a time of crisis: Cancel the ads, stop the campaigning, and offer President Donald Trump any and all assistance he needs to combat the spread of the coronavirus. That’s it. It’s a simple choice: Do that, or let it be known from sea to shining sea that you’re a hack politician who does not possess the seriousness we need in a president.
It seems Biden has made his choice.
Joe Biden is planning a regular shadow briefing on coronavirus to start as early as Monday to show how he would handle the crisis and address what he calls the lies and failures of President Trump.
Biden gave a preview of what’s to come in a conference call with reporters Friday, where he listed a litany of false and misleading statements from Trump, who has been holding regular White House press conferences concerning coronavirus preparedness and response that have been broadcast live on all major networks.
“President Trump stop saying false things, will ya?” Biden said. “People are worried they are really frightened, when these things don’t come through. He just exacerbates their concern. Stop saying false things you think make you sound like a hero and start putting the full weight of the federal government behind finding fast, safe and effective treatments.”
Shadow briefings? Are you kidding?
Look, we have one President, and that’s enough. Biden going out there every day to pretend that he’s the guy is confusing, unnecessary, and more than a little embarrassing. Literally no one in the country gives a damn about the election right now. No one wants to see you go out there and deliver a phony press briefing every other day, Joe. What, are you going to surround yourself with a collection of alternative advisers? Who will be your Dr. Anthony Fauci?
This is such a terrible idea that it’s hard to believe there’s no one in Biden’s orbit to put a hand up and say, “Joe…it’s time to lie low for a while, brother.”
“So much for national unity,” tweeted Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale. “If a Republican did this to a Democrat president during a national crisis, the media would howl. It’s also dangerous because Biden will take attention from real updates Americans should know just to score political points.”
Actually, no one should be howling more loudly than Democrats, because this is going to make Biden look weak, pathetic, and sad. Not exactly the qualities Americans look for in a president.