Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, after a period of conspicuous absence, is re-entering the presidential race via some new-fangled technology has campaign team conjured up. Which is to say he has begun live-streaming interviews and TV appearances from his Delaware home.
The reason for the isolation is the coronavirus epidemic, which is on the rise. In fact, that is the subject of his latest interviews. In one of them, on ABC, he was asked to comment on Donald Trump’s observation that “we can’t let the cure be worse than the problem itself.” Without missing a beat, Biden replied, “We have to take care of the cure. That will make the problem worse no matter what. No matter what. We know what has to be done.” Watch:
Does this make any sense to you? pic.twitter.com/Z4kcDpokUQ
— Brandon Darby (@brandondarby) March 24, 2020
The comment was reminiscent of one he made in early March, when he told students at Dartmouth College that he wants to increase premiums and make sure that healthcare is “not quality, but only affordable.” Maybe you need a code book to understand these positions.
Some have also noticed that he touches his face in this video, which is one of the no-nos during this pandemic. He does even worse during another interview, this one with CNN’s Jake Tapper. When Tapper admonishes the former vice president for coughing into his hand, rather than the crook of his arm, Biden explains that “it’s OK because” he’s “alone in his home.” Except that that’s not true: There is at least one individual manning the camera, another the sound equipment.
A final video featuring Biden and MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace might be called “the Biden apology tour.” In it, he keeps taking shots at the president, then says, “I shouldn’t have said it that way.”
Oh my lord this is the most awkward clip I’ve seen take place on the news. What the heck is going on with Joe Biden? This is both pure comedy & terribly sad. He’s clearly not "with it" anymore. pic.twitter.com/nfn0qPv1O5
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) March 24, 2020