President Donald Trump seems determined to convince observers that he’s actually doing pretty great in the presidential race, despite the fact that he still loses to Democratic presidential pick Joe Biden by an average of 7.1 percent in national-level polls, according to RealClearPolitics. As of early Saturday, Biden led by an average of 2.7 percent in six top battleground states, according to the same site — his highest lead was in Pennsylvania, where he was ahead by an average of 4.7 percent. On Saturday, Trump claimed that Biden’s poll numbers were supposedly “dropping fast,” and thus, he’d supposedly “agreed to get out of his basement.” Biden’s poll numbers are not “dropping fast,” and he has not been holed up in his basement.
Nevertheless, Trump tweeted:
‘Now that Biden’s Polls are dropping fast, he has agreed to get out of his basement and start [campaigning], “in ten days.” Sadly, that is a very slow reaction time for a President. Our beloved USA needs a much faster, smarter, and tougher response than that. Get out there today, Joe!’
To suggest that Biden has not been holding big in-person events because of some kind of “very slow reaction time” is absolutely ridiculous. Biden has been avoiding big in-person events because of basic public health guidelines that are in place all across the country due to the spread of the Coronavirus. Now, Biden will start traveling more after Labor Day, which is what Trump seems to be referring to, but he’ll still be abiding by safety precautions. Undertaking those basic steps doesn’t mean Biden is “weak” — Trump’s suggestion to that effect is ludicrous.
Meanwhile, it’s amazing for Trump to accuse anyone else of having a “slow reaction time” to begin with. As a recent report from The Washington Post outlines, the first warning that the Trump administration got about the Coronavirus came on January 3. Nevertheless, “it took 70 days from that initial notification for Trump to treat the coronavirus not as a distant threat or harmless flu strain well under control, but as a lethal force that had outflanked America’s defenses and was poised to kill tens of thousands of citizens,” the Post summarizes.
Check out Twitter’s response to the president below: