We have another episode of ‘what the hell is Joe Biden saying,’ and it’s a doozy. The former vice president, like the vast majority of the country, is hunkering down due to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. Delaware is under a stay-at-home order, as is around 80 percent of the U.S. population. As such, the 2020 election, while still ongoing, is taking an extended break. Everything has become remote for those who are fortunate enough to work from home. On the campaign trail, Biden is having these shoddy Zoom-like briefings and he’s started a podcast, but one thing is clear: he’s no social media century candidate. Part of this conundrum is not his fault. New York City accounts for almost half of the 250,000+ cases of Wuhan coronavirus infections in the U.S., which has already killed 6,600 Americans. Airtime is going directly to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. And after that, it’s the daily briefings from President Donald Trump and his Wuhan task force.
So, there is little room for Biden to squeeze in there. But then there’s the notion that he’s going to be the 2020 Democratic nominee. He could be the next president of the United States and he has to put forward something to show how he would handle this crisis. It hasn’t been the smoothest ride. Congress passed a $2 trillion bailout, with direct assistance being directed to small businesses and workers depending on annual income. Biden said that there needs to be an inspector general to oversee the payments, harking back to the Obama 2009 stimulus where he said there was “less than two-tenths of one percent” corruption. Uh, what. That makes no sense. Also, it’s wrong.
Aside from this nonsense that President Trump is going to physically sign 175 MILLION checks, Joe Biden says there was "no less than two-tenths of one percent fraud" in the 2009 stimulus— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) April 3, 2020
Yup, there was certainly more than 0.2% of the Obama-Biden stimulus wasted pic.twitter.com/t24P9K0nIZ— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) April 3, 2020
It seems almost on a daily basis that we see how Joe Biden truly isn’t up for this task. Is this elderly abuse? Biden was seen as dead in the water until Black Democrats gave him the boost he needed to retake the mantle of Democratic frontrunner. The collapse of Bernie Sanders has been stunning, where he once again met his end south of the Mason-Dixon line. While the Sanders crew probably thought he could rebound in states like Wisconsin and Michigan due to white working-class workers, there appears that the Bernie campaign underestimated how much Bernie was simply viewed as a protest vote in 2016. Also, some of those voters have gone to Trump and they’re not coming back. Biden won Minnesota, Michigan, and Washington—all of which were former Sanders strongholds. It seems after an internal debate, Democrats simply picked Biden since they saw him as the better option to beat Trump. They may like Bernie, but they also want to beat Trump in November. Biden won some of these states with little to no ground operation. But even the best option isn’t good enough—and Biden looks like he may be that candidate.