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Biden Wishes Trump Well, Then Goes After Him After Diagnosis

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democrat nominee for president, addressed reporters on Friday on the diagnosis of President Donald Trump.

The 77-year-old offered his well wishes to the president but also could not help but take a swipe at him and at those who want to reopen the nation, Mediaite reported.

“Well first of all, our prayers are with the president and the first lady that they recover fully, number one,” the former vice president said.

That would have been the kind thing to say and then move on to other questions, but Biden could not leave it at that and had to make the story about politics.

“Number two, I think that, I hope it changes the perception among many people who thought that not wearing a mask made them somehow, I don’t know, free or whatever,” he said. “It’s not about wearing the mask to protect yourself, it’s wearing the mask to protect other people, people around you, it’s a patriotic thing to do.”

“I hope that we listen to the advice of the president’s own director, Dr. Redfield of the CDC. He held up a mask and said, paraphrasing, we can save an awful lot of lives, more than the vaccine if we just wear this mask the next hundred days,” he said.

“So it’s deadly earnest, deadly serious and I’m hoping that it’s a wake up call for the country. There should be a mask mandate,” he said, The Associated Press reported.

One month before Election Day, Biden faces a unique moment in what has already been a chaotic presidential campaign. He must balance his opponent’s illness and its destabilizing effect on Washington while making a closing argument that the coronavirus is serious and requires stronger leadership in the White House.

Biden has long offered a contrast to Trump in substance and style when it comes to the coronavirus, which has killed more than 205,000 Americans and more than 1 million people worldwide. He’s issued multiple plans for dealing with the public health and economic implications of the pandemic, while Trump has largely left state and local officials to create their own guidelines and frequently contradicts his own public health experts.

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez actually did more to avoid talking about politics than the former vice president did.

“I personally don’t think it’s appropriate for us to be talking about how a diagnosis of a disease is a political play,” the representative said. “I hope that this rallies the country to socially distance, to get more serious, if they haven’t, about mask-wearing and making sure that we are taking spread of this disease seriously.”

Biden has also had his staff begin door to door campaigning to catch the Trump campaign on its ground game.

“Joe Biden is a complete hypocrite because after months of saying door-to-door campaigning was dangerous and would kill people, his campaign is now engaged in doing just that because he knows he’s getting outworked on the ground,” Trump campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh said.

It is astounding how the rules change for Democrats depending where in the game they are.