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Biden Reflects on 2 Tweets from Same Day in October, His and Trump's

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Biden Reflects on 2 Tweets from Same Day in October, His and Trump's

2020-05-29 22:34:16

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Joe Biden (Image source: Screenshot)

Anyone still unsure who to vote for in November need only look at two tweets that explain more than they should. On Thursday, the presumptive Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, tweeted two posts from last October, one of his and one of Donald Trump's. They show a clear picture of priorities.  

At the time, Biden was not the presumptive nominee. He was one of a field that numbered more than 20. However, at that time he was usually riding close to the top of the polls. But it still was no sure thing, as the first primary votes showed, when he was no higher than the top four or five with votes.

Despite not being the nominee at the time, he didn't have his head in the clouds. Nor was he campaigning on his Twitter feed. He was issuing a warning with some campaigning thrown in for good measure. 

On October 25, 2019, Biden retweeted a post from The Washington Post that mentioned 195 countries were not ready for the pandemic.

He commented, "We are not prepared for a pandemic. Trump has rolled back progress President Obama and I made to strengthen global health security. We need leadership that builds public trust, focuses on real threats, and mobilizes the world to stop outbreaks before they reach our shores." 

Remember, that was on October 25. Just over two months before China alerted the World Health Organization of a pneumonia-like virus. It was three months before the first person in the United States tested positive for the novel coronavirus and four months before what was initially recognized as the first death. Four months before Trump said the whole thing was a hoax and five months before states began shutting down and sheltering in place.

Trump tweeted, "To Tim [Cook]: The button on the iPhone was FAR better than the swipe!" 

So Biden was worrying about the country possibly landing in the midst of a pandemic. Trump was musing about having to swipe his iPhone instead of having a home button.

The presumptive nominee tweeted again later on Thursday and said, "The hard truth is that this crisis didn't have to be this bad." 

He also tweeted, "Today we learned that another 2.1 million people filed for unemployment last week, bringing the total number of new claims since this crisis began to more than 40 million. It's just the latest evidence of Donald Trump's failure of leadership."

Compare that to Trump's tweet, while chaos was breaking out on the streets of Minneapolis regarding the killing of George Floyd, "These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won't let that happen," Trump continued. "Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control, but when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!" 

His words received a warning from Twitter. It was hidden and marked as "glorifying violence."

On Friday, Biden called the Floyd family to offer his support. "I was grateful they took the call from me because I wanted to let them know how much courage and grace and how unimaginably painful it is ... I promised them I'd do anything in my power to see justice was served for George." 

Those two tweets from October said a lot. They showed the priorities of these two men who will most likely be facing off against each other in November. Flash forward seven months, and the priorities are still very disparate.

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