Joe Biden came out of the basement yesterday for a small gathering in what resembled a high school debate hall. He ended his speech with all the energy of an inebriated sloth, mask hanging from his ears as if he didn’t realize it could simply be removed while he spoke.
What was most notable though wasn’t Biden barely being able to deliver remarks without falling asleep at the podium. Rather, it was that the media didn’t ask him a single question. The same national media outlets that have made a sport of snarkily yelling questions as Trump departs were silent. It’s almost as if there are two standards?
Instead, it took The Daily Caller to ask Biden what he should have been asked a week ago. Namely, does he support or condemn those currently ripping down monuments, from Catholic missionaries to General Grant?
His answer? No comment.
NEW: @DailyCaller reached out to the Biden campaign and asked them if Biden agrees with Democrats who want to tear down statues of George Washington, Grant, Roosevelt, and depictions of Jesus. The campaign was given over 24 hours to respond. They did not: https://t.co/SgYS0BDnM0
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) June 25, 2020
As calls to remove statues of former U.S. presidents and even Jesus Christ come, presumptive Democratic nominee for the 2020 presidential election Joe Biden has remained silent on the issue, even after his campaign was contacted about the matter.
The Daily Caller reached out to the Biden campaign and asked them if the former vice president agrees with the Democrats who want to tear down statues of George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt and some depictions of Jesus. The campaign was given over 24 hours to respond to the inquiry. They did not do so.
Biden is scared to death of this issue and it shows. Right now, he’s threading a needle of remaining in hiding while stepping out only for the occasional, little covered stump speech. The worst thing that can happen to his campaign is for him to have to take some stands on these issues of chaos.
I’ll be covering Biden’s attempt to sidestep the Black Lives Matter movement in more detail later today, but the overall indication is that he wants to keep his image as a “steadying” force intact. That’s going to be a tough haul.
Regardless, the media’s refusal to hold Biden to account is yet another failure on their part. It has now been 84 days since Biden answered a question from the press (no, scripted interviews with CNN don’t count). He has no incentive to do anything differently because the press don’t care. They are all rooting for him and if eschewing journalistic principles helps him win office, they are willing to do what it takes.
Yet, I’ve been assured that silence is the equivalent of support. That’s the standard Trump has been held to by the media to extreme degrees. Why not Biden? We can only suppose that his inability to speak on the destruction of monuments of George Washington means he approves. That’s the message Trump should start hammering. If he wants to differentiate himself in times of chaos, those are the kinds of contrasts that need to drawn. Trump wins that debate every single time if he’s willing to have it.
Meanwhile, Biden is going to keep trying to hide. Right now it’s working, but we’ll see how long he can keep it up.