Former Vice President Joe Biden was mocked for the latest excuse on why he has all but disappeared in the middle of a national emergency.
The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate may be about to clinch the party’s nomination but he was ridiculed for his inability to get his technology up to speed and disappearing from the public eye as the nation is gripped in the coronavirus crisis.
Biden has apparently been holed up in his home in Delaware amid calls for “social distancing” to stem the spread of the contagious COVID-19 illness, but the 77-year-old was planning to give briefings and interviews from his living room which was being outfitted with the proper equipment.
“They put in a new high-speed line into my home, they’ve converted a recreation room, basically, into a television studio. So beginning tomorrow, I guess tomorrow, I’m making the first presentation,” he reportedly said during a virtual fundraiser from his home in Wilmington on Sunday.
And as many wondered where Biden had disappeared to as President Trump daily addresses the nation on the global pandemic, a new campaign ad did not even feature him but Ron Klain, who was the former vice president’s chief of staff and the Obama administration’s Ebola Response Coordinator.
But the Biden campaign apparently was having some issues with the plan to kick off his in-home briefings, according to a source who said the “team is working on scaling up that infrastructure and dealing with the realities of Biden’s Wilmington home, like the fact that there aren’t particularly high ceilings, which can make lighting a challenge.”
this is the excuse being provided for why biden isn’t being seen during a national emergency pic.twitter.com/gmdgBFgyg5
— Current Affairs (@curaffairs) March 22, 2020
CNN’s Jeff Zeleny had noted that Biden was “not quite ready for this moment,” referring to the coronavirus outbreak which has affected the 2020 race.
“The Biden campaign….is not quite ready for this moment. Biden’s an old-fashioned, handshaking politician,” Zeleny said on Sunday. “It was clear they were not ready for the communications required for this.”
The Biden campaign is “not quite ready for this moment…It was clear they weren’t ready for the communications required for this.” – CNN’s Jeff Zeleny. pic.twitter.com/GC108ItOZw
— Francis Brennan (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@FrancisBrennan) March 22, 2020
Many wondered about Biden’s disappearance from the media.
It seems Joe Biden is not on any of the Sunday morning news shows. Did any invite him on?
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 22, 2020
We haven’t heard or seen Joe Biden in 6 days. https://t.co/LU9fmU97oK
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) March 22, 2020
Others noted that Sen. Bernie Sanders is not having the same issues.
I know other people have pointed this out, but it’s just incredible. Bernie Sanders has been communicating regularly with the public. It’s not that hard. Joe Biden is hiding, and his team isn’t even good at making excuses about it pic.twitter.com/3nqHU0qnKy
— Meagan Day (@meaganmday) March 22, 2020
The contention that Biden’s team was working out the technical and lighting issues did not fly with many on social media who pointed out the many times the former vice president has, in fact, aired remarks from is home.
The poor excuse made for many jabs at Biden as well as calls to come clean about what is really going on with the campaign.
Hollywood cinematographer here. Lighting stands are adjustable. No problem lighting under an 8’ or even a 6’ basement ceiling with standard gear.
This challenge is non existent, unlike the challenge of propping up Biden as a winning candidate. #HidingBiden
— Josh Allen (@JoshAllenDP) March 22, 2020
This house has low ceilings and poor lighting? pic.twitter.com/LDDTyefdA3
— 🏴Kathy Burn it down for real Durkin ☭ 🏴 (@nowwerevolt) March 22, 2020
The last time the American public saw Joe Biden on camera was Tuesday night.
Despite what Joe’s camp is claiming about technical and lighting issues of streaming from Joe’s house, this video of a seemingly confused Joe being escorted off by Jill was in fact done from his house. pic.twitter.com/UJzXbePhG3
— President Thumb Emoji (@BethLynch2020) March 22, 2020
I cannot get over this. Biden can’t do video because the ceilings in his (undoubtedly lavish) home are “not high enough” for good lighting?? In a national emergency the Biden camp is trying to get cinematic light?! Also you can do fine lighting anywhere. What’s actually going on? pic.twitter.com/ViD4xp2GJq
— Nathan J Robinson (@NathanJRobinson) March 22, 2020
Lighting and ceiling height in the Biden house don’t seem to be an issue. Look at the scale of the window compared to the chairs. That place is huge. As VP his house was surely updated with the best internet capabilities. This is so fishy it’s comical. pic.twitter.com/3iXj12kWxO
— Say No To Joe (@Bernie2020WH) March 23, 2020
Twitch streamers are making a hundred grand a month with a webcam, a headset, and a large closet, but this presidential campaign needs higher ceilings to confirm the candidate is even alive. I’m straight up losing it over here.
— Bloomberg (the Glass family cat, obviously) (@delavega_danny) March 22, 2020
Trump does a press conference everyday and takes questions. He’s not doing enough. Biden in Antarctica for a week. He’s the leader we need. Our media is shit.
— InTheEndItDoesn’tEvenMatter (@NobodyListens1) March 22, 2020
— Sweet Freedom 🕊 (@StweetFreedom) March 22, 2020
Oh snap maybe he forgot his password and he’s been trying to call the Google for days???
— Penny Tresjon (@PennyTresjon) March 22, 2020
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