Monday’s campaign events, or lack thereof, illustrated how the Biden campaign is struggling to keep up with President Donald Trump.
On Monday morning, Biden had no rallies or events scheduled, leading everyone to assume the campaign had called a lid for the day, as it’s been prone to do.
But after President Trump called out “Sleepy Joe” at his first of three rallies of the day in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Biden all of a sudden had a surprise event elsewhere in the state.
During his Allentown rally, President Trump used a football analogy to explain how Biden’s team was running “prevent defense” late in the game, which he said is almost always a losing strategy.
[World leaders] don’t want to deal with Sleepy Joe. One of them said to me, one of the leaders said, ‘Well, I hope you win because we don’t want to deal with somebody that sleeps all the time.’
Do you believe that he just announced the lid? He announced another lid. You know? And he’s not, you know, somebody could say, ‘Oh, this is brilliant. It’s prevent defense.’ First of all, did you ever see prevent defense? That always loses. A team shuts down the other team for three and a half quarters, they’re leading by six, then they go prevent defense, they lose – all the time, right? Two touchdowns scored on them, they shut a team down for the whole game.
Then they go let’s go prevent. Well, I don’t know if he’s doing that. I don’t think so. I think he’s doing it because he can’t answer questions.
Afterwards, the president went a few miles down the road to another rally in Lititz, then dashed across the state to end with a third speech in Martinsburg – each event packed-out with thousands of people.
Feeling the heat, the Biden campaign finally announced an event, but it was a low-energy 10-minute stop on the sidewalk outside a voter activation center in Chester, Pennsylvania, with no crowds and scant enthusiasm from the media and Secret Service in attendance.
Reacting to Trump’s criticisms that he never takes questions, Biden proceeded to answer four questions from reporters.
The clumsy, last-minute event hastily put together for the cameras illustrated the marked contrast of energy and enthusiasm on the campaign trail between the two candidates, and proves Trump’s nickname for his opponent “Sleepy Joe” is apt.