- Joe Biden accused President Donald Trump of having “waved the white flag and left the field of battle” against the resurgent coronavirus pandemic.
- “You’ve called yourself a ‘cheerleader’ for the nation. We don’t need a cheerleader. We need a president,” said Biden, one of several lines that crystallized his campaign’s most potent argument.
- Biden also answered questions from the press for the first time in over two months.
But with coronavirus cases surging across the country and several states rolling back their reopening plans, Biden’s most effective lines against Trump were his critiques of the president’s response to a pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 125,000 Americans since February.
Biden’s remarks also came as Dr. Anthony Fauci, the administration’s leading voice on the virus, warned Tuesday that the U.S. could top 100,000 cases a day.
“All of the steps you’ve taken so far haven’t gotten the job done, Mr. President,” Biden said of Trump, who still insists that the recent surge in cases is due to broader testing and not a resurgence of the virus itself.
“Remember back in March when he called himself a wartime president?” Biden said in his remarks. “Remember when he exhorted the nation to ‘sacrifice together’ to face an ‘invisible enemy’? What happened? Now it’s almost July, and it seems the wartime president has surrendered — has waved the white flag and left the field of battle.”