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Former Vice President Joe Biden emerged from his basement to make a public stop in Pennsylvania but still managed to avoid answering questions from reporters.
The presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee has continued to get a pass from the liberal media while he avoided holding a news conference for nearly three months, selectively speaking from his basement. But, following last week’s encounter with the media, Biden brushed off questions again on Thursday as he made a visit to his childhood home in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Joe Biden makes a stop at his childhood home in Scranton. pic.twitter.com/CC6ge6XSGz
— Holly Otterbein (@hollyotterbein) July 9, 2020
“Time for a few questions?” one reporter asked as seen in a video clip shared by the Trump campaign.
“No, no. I just came to see Anne,” Biden responded, to which the obedient reporters did not object.
REPORTER: “Time for a few questions?”
JOE BIDEN: “No, no.”
REPORTER: “Okay.” pic.twitter.com/hwFqnKr6Cn
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) July 9, 2020
The 77-year-old Democrat had made a stop to meet Anne Kearns, who is currently living in what used to be Biden’s Pennsylvania childhood home on North Washington Ave.
Biden greets Anne Kearns, the current occupant of his childhood home on North Washington Ave in Scranton, from a distance. pic.twitter.com/c3mjQocHKg
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) July 9, 2020
Social distancing prevented Biden from getting too close to residents in the area, including one young child.
“Who’s that beautiful face? How old?” he asked, bending down on one knee to talk to the three-year-old. “It was great to see you, honey.”
So he sees the woman has a little girl with her and immediately Joe asks how old she is. He’s on auto pilot with this kiddie stuff.
— MikeT 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 🗽 (@MTpointguard) July 9, 2020
A comment in a tweet by Fox News reporter Madeleine Rivera about the “crowd of supporters” raised plenty of eyebrows on social media.
I don’t understand why people are angry about this tweet. Of course the media are his supporters. https://t.co/UCBz5F06wG
— The Dank Knight 🦇 (@capeandcowell) July 9, 2020
Of course, President Trump has been slammed for allegedly avoiding the press, as CNN’s Brian Stelter claimed in his “Reliable Sources” newsletter and in a tweet highlighting when Paula Reid of CBS asked White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany about it at a press briefing this week.
Noting Trump’s lack of availabilities with the WH press corps, @PaulaReidCBS asks, “Why hasn’t he answered questions for two weeks amid a pandemic?” (@PressSec didn’t answer the question.)pic.twitter.com/4aP7PKfCjh
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 8, 2020
The same media that complained about Trump’s daily coronavirus briefings, and blatantly refused to air them now complains that the president has been avoiding them. Meanwhile, Biden has been given a pass on his strategic press encounters and his outright avoidance of questions from reporters.
As questions increased about his competence to debate the president in the coming months before the November election, Biden’s appearance in Scranton on Thursday only fueled the discussion on Twitter where many were entertained by the idea that a “crowd of supporters” had come out to see him.
You should look up the definition of crowd
— 🌟🌟🌟The Best is Yet to Come (@1969tttt) July 9, 2020
Anyone of them not a member of the press?
— James Humphreys 🇺🇸 (@BPratto) July 9, 2020
My barista draws bigger crowds
— Gray Connolly (@GrayConnolly) July 9, 2020
That’s what she said: his supporters.
— Crapplefratz – The Hipster Wookie (@Crapplefratz) July 9, 2020
My grandmother used to put more cousins in her Oldsmobile.
— HOUSE MUSIC TV (@HouseMusicTV) July 9, 2020
You would think a presidential candidate leading the “polls” would draw a bigger crowd when spotted in the wild 😂
— Son of Earth🇳🇱🐸 🇭🇰🇺🇸 (@Sonofearth8) July 9, 2020
What crowd? The people who came out of their homes to find out why the road was blocked?
— NC Mom for Trump 🇺🇸 (@SummerSnowC1) July 9, 2020
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