…And Actually Make America Great Again?
Could Joe Biden be a better President than Donald Trump amid COVID-19 crisis? Experts seem to have their doubts…
While some see Biden as a solid, reliable and reassuring candidate compared to presumptuous Trump, others think he likes keeping a low profile. But Obama’s Vice President Joe Biden has been in politics long enough to know that beating showman Donald Trump is a daunting task for his demure self.
Rising death toll, plunging economy, impeding recession and broken spirits – the next US president will have his hands full. With just seven months to the 2020 US elections, we are still clueless as to who will be the better president Donald Trump or Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, in handling the pandemic.
Is Biden the savior America needs?
With years of public service experience as mentored by President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden seems like a more trusted and stable candidate than Trump. His dignified presence and also methodical plan of action to fight the coronavirus is a stark contrast from Trump who has been busy distorting information and muddling lies.
“Biden is speaking directly to what needs to be done and steps he would take in this crisis, like using the Defence Production Act, tracking infection, testing, and mortality data by race. So, we understand the disproportionate threat this virus is having on the African American community and communities of color,” says Alaina Beverly, the former associate director of the Office of Urban Affairs during the Obama administration, in an interview to Vox.
In fact, Biden has criticized Trump’s current handling of the crisis. He has also requested the President to be truthful to the citizens of the country. “First, the president should listen to qualified scientific and economic experts about COVID-19, and second, the president should accurately convey what they are telling him to the American people,” he said during his appearance at ‘Meet the President’ with Chuck Todd.
Perhaps not the best that Democrats had to offer
Even the latest polls show Biden holding a 5-point lead over Trump nationally, according to a weekly poll. The Hill report says 48% of voters polled said they would vote for the presumptive Democratic nominee. Compare this to 43% who said they would vote for Trump, according to an Economist-YouGov poll conducted this week. That was in line with Biden’s 6-point lead in the same poll last week.
There is another factor that is working in favor of Biden and that is the plunging economy. So, Trump’s biggest claim to fame is that the US economy has been on an historic high under his presidency. However, the pandemic has already snatched millions of jobs, shut businesses and is taking the economy to a recession. At this point of time, Trump’s past claims fall flat on the face.
A Washington Post editorial says although Biden is perhaps not the best candidate that Democratic Party could offer. But people find him to be steady and reassuring. Also, someone who has been in government for a long time and knows how the system works. “With Trump bumbling his way through the coronavirus crisis, Biden’s virtues may be more important and attractive to voters than they were a month or two ago, further increasing the chances that he’ll win in November,” adds the report.
Where President Trump has an edge
Besides boasting about his efforts in response to the current pandemic, Trump has been successfully bashing Biden as someone who is “too old and mentally feeble” to be the commander in chief. Also, Biden is still keeping a low profile and is being less aggressive than his competitor. “He should be as present as Trump at this point, as present as someone like Cuomo, and he really hasn’t filled that space yet,” said Monica Klein, a progressive Democratic strategist and co-founder of Seneca Strategies, in an interview with Vox.
Many critics feel that Biden has not risen to the occasion. They say he hasn’t yet emerged as a leading national voice on the subject of coronavirus. In fact, people trust New York governor Andrew Cuomo more than either of the two for COVID-19 related advice. Also, Biden lacks the passion and vigor to present himself as a revolutionary who will bring about changes in the country.
Do or die month for Joe Biden
Hence, now is the time for Biden to showcase himself as America’s savior. Biden needs to portray himself as someone who can handle a crisis better than Trump. “He needs to present a plan that will give Americans access to the health insurance they will need to cover the costs born out of this virus. And with Americans suffering through a crisis echoing the magnitude of the Great Depression, voters will need to hear how he will get this country humming again,” writes Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton, in a CNN editorial.
Joe Biden has a lot of work left to do in matching up to the personality of Donald Trump. In fact, with due regard to exit polls, Biden doesn’t hold a realistic chance against Trump right now, even if Michelle Obama announces herself as Biden’s vice president.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author after studying data and media reports. These are all assumptions and may or may not hold truth in the long run.