Biden tests role as empathetic answer to Trump during coronavirus crisis
Via: larry-hampton • 2 weeks ago • 12 comments
Joe Biden presented himself as a president-in-waiting in America's hour of need.
After taking command of the Democratic nominating race in Tuesday's primaries, the former vice president projected presidential-style gravitas, positioning himself as the antidote to President Donald Trump's in-denial stewardship of the novel coronavirus crisis in a strategic pivot towards November's election.
Promising to unite his party and the nation at a time of deep anxiety, Biden used the moment to pose as a competent, compassionate replacement for the current commander-in-chief.
Biden's move at this particular moment is a sign of just how much the pandemic's arrival on US shores has transformed the political environment and the terrain of the 2020 election in a way that may soon mirror wrenching changes coming to everyday American life.
In a short televised speech Tuesday night, Biden offered a preview of orthodox, conventional leadership the country has not seen in the three years of Trump's sledgehammer presidency. The election that takes place in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic may test whether enough Americans, traumatized by a national crisis, want that return to "normal" or will decide to stick with Trump's tear-it-down leadership.