Joe Biden Called Out for Phony Promise to Remove Negative Ads
Eager to let everyone know what a great guy he is and how he would never disparage a president going through a health crisis, Joe Biden announced Friday that his campaign would take all negative ads off the air in the wake of Trump’s positive COVID diagnosis.
“Vice President Biden and our entire campaign are praying for President Trump and the First Lady to make a full recovery as soon as possible,” Biden campaign national press secretary T.J. Ducklo said. “We think it’s inappropriate to use the president’s illness to score political points on our opponent, which is why we unilaterally took down our negative ads.”
However, this weekend, as the negative ads kept playing across the country, the Trump campaign slammed Biden for delivering a phony promise to the American people.
“Despite pledging to stop his negative advertising, nearly 100 negative Biden ads slandering the president and lying about his record have aired today while the president is at Walter Reed,” Trump campaign official Andrew Clark told Fox News on Saturday. “Meanwhile, Joe Biden has continued to attack the president in his speeches.”
In response to the criticism, Biden’s campaign used two excuses: One, that it’s not easy to simply press the stop button on ads that have been scheduled with hundreds of television stations across the country, and two, that one of the negative ads is…not actually negative. Mmm-hmm.
If we were to reply to the first excuse, we’d say: Yes, that’s probably true. But then again, you could have taken the ads down quietly without actually saying anything about it. You could have even said, hey, we’re going to work on stopping these ads, but it might take a few days, so give us a chance to figure it out.
To the second, we’d say: Come on. You’re embarrassing yourselves.
In addition to the negative ads that are still running in multiple markets, Biden himself is still badmouthing the president on the campaign trail. On Saturday, he said he was “in a little bit of a spot here” in regards to the president’s health, but then went on to characterize Trump’s response to the pandemic as “unconscionable.”
“I find this one of the most despicable things that I’ve encountered in my whole career,” Biden said.
In his remarks to Fox News, Clark said: “The Biden campaign tried to trick reporters into thinking they’re the ‘good guys’ and score some good headlines and tweets while doing nothing to tone down their viciousness. They lied to the media and got caught.”