MSNBC founder Tom Rogers admitted that Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden was struggling to articulate on the virtual campaign trail during an appearance on Morning Joe on Monday, stating that the former Vice President was “very unsatisfying” in “friendly, softball interviews.”
Joe Biden has been shaky in numerous digital media appearances since the onset of the national coronavirus quarantine, at times rambling in an incoherent fashion and struggling to communicate clearly with liberal media interviewers seeking to set up the former Vice President was easy shots at President Donald Trump.
Tom Rogers was asked about Biden’s acuity and campaign communication ability at 11:30 in this MSNBC segment.
“His performances have been very unsatisfying… And basically he’s been getting softball interviews with the exception of yours, Mika on the sexual harassment issues… I think the campaign really needs to figure how he will be in the position to discuss the defining issue of this election in a much more compelling way than he’s been able to do to date.”
Rogers is the latest of several left-leaning national figures to honestly question the abilities of the Democratic nominee to communicate at the level required to win a presidential election. The mainstream media executive later went on to bluntly question his communicative acuity when asked about his messaging on the coronavirus pandemic.
“When you listen to him on the pandemic… It’s a lot of disconnected phrases. It doesn’t really come together in a very convincing message. Every morning you guys put together and crystallize what that critique of Trump is. It’s not hard. And he can do it in an op-ed. But when it comes to social media and television, and he’s prime time, in the spotlight in the campaign, that articulation is going to have to be much clearer than it has been. And I really fear a crisis for the candidate if he cannot come up with a more convincing way to put out there exactly what the critique of Trump is.”
Should Biden prove woefully unable to muster the charisma necessary for a national presidential campaign, Rogers’ remarks could prove to be a prophetic warning to Democrats who wanted the safe, milquetoast choice of a nominee.
SLEEPY: Joe Biden Campaign Team Pulls Joe from Daily Activities at 8:35AM, Months Before Election
Joe Biden’s press relations teams announced a “lid” to the traveling press pool at 8:34 EST on Saturday, surprising some observers with the announcement that the Democratic candidate would not make any public appearances on a Saturday merely seven weeks before the November presidential election.
Biden is taking it easy for the day at his home in Wilmington, Delaware.
The Biden campaign has called a lid at 8:35am, per pool. So we won’t see Joe Biden today.
— Pat Ward (@WardDPatrick) September 19, 2020
After facing skepticism for the decision from some of the traveling press, a Biden campaign operative made it seem as if the off-day was some sort of calculated plan.
.@edokeefe reports the Biden move to lay low may seem “odd or misguided”, but his team disagrees.
A senior aide said, “We’ve been through some high-pressure times before and we’re always deliberate about how we respond…People will question our tactics and we’ll do our thing.”
— Weijia Jiang (@weijia) September 19, 2020
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is holding a packed rally in North Carolina, preceded by White House meetings and pressers with reporters.
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) September 19, 2020
“There have been 29 times a vacancy opened during an election year… every single time, the sitting president made a nomination.” pic.twitter.com/TbX2qw6uU7
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) September 19, 2020
Biden has surprised even friendly corporate media reporters covering his campaign with his amount of ‘off-days,’ consistently declining to actively campaign for the Presidency as the nation approaches the election.
The former Vice President appeared later than he usually does in public Friday night, reading from a prepared statement mourning the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Perhaps the “late night” (it was only about 9PM local time) appearance in public derailed Biden’s plans for possible campaign stops the next day. It’s relatively unprecedented for a major party presidential candidate to simply decline to campaign seven weeks before an election in the modern era of campaigns and elections.
Joe Biden reads from a statement in response to the news that Justice Ginsburg, 87, has died. pic.twitter.com/XZTWqOjlxn
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 19, 2020
Biden doesn’t even really have the energy to campaign. How is he going to govern as President?
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