Joe Biden’s campaign greeted the news of President Trump’s positive COVID-19 test with a pledge to take down all negative campaign ads as a sign of well wishes for the health of the Trump family. Nice gesture — if it had followed through.
Days after the announcement, nearly 100 Biden-sponsored ads attacking Trump were still airing in multiple states. Biden himself blasted the president as “despicable” and railed against his handling of the virus while Trump was at Walter Reed — just moments after saying he didn’t want to criticize the ailing president.
Biden’s campaign press secretary called it “inappropriate to use the president’s illness to score political points on our opponent.” OK, then . . .
And when Team Trump asked why the negative ads were still running, the Biden camp said it can take days to pull them. But why promise what you can’t deliver?
The Democratic candidate himself used his speech in Michigan this weekend to repeat a proven lie that Trump is draining the Social Security fund, using the virus’ effect on the elderly as a scare tactic. And he defended one of his ads still airing against Trump’s health-care policies by claiming that it was merely factual.
Shortly after Trump revealed his positive status, Biden (or whoever actually does his social media) tweeted, “This cannot be a partisan moment. It must be an American moment. We have to come together as a nation.”
Too bad he didn’t actually mean it.