Back to the Basement: Joe Biden Returns Underground After Rare Day on Campaign Trail

Democratic presidential nominee former US Vice President Joe Biden arrives to board an airplane at New Castle Airport in New Castle, Delaware, August 31, 2020, as he travels to Pennsylvania for campaign events. - Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden on Monday castigated President Donald Trump as a "weak" and …

Joe Biden is heading back to his basement after Monday’s rare public appearance on the campaign trail in Pittsburgh.

A traveling pool reporter said the campaign “started the morning by calling a lid” — which is journalism lingo for calling it a day.

“There will be a virtual fundraiser later in the afternoon, and a pool report for that, but we are told not to expect any pooled movements from Biden for the rest of the day,” the report said.

In other words, he is not venturing out publicly, with just 63 days left before Election Day.

On Monday, Biden played to an empty room in Pittsburgh, except for eight people confined to giant white circles:

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks as members of the press listen during a campaign event at Mill 19 on August 31, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Biden suffered several blunders, including attempting to read his speech from the teleprompter:

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“COVID has taken this year— just since the outbreak— has taken more than 100 year— look, here’s— the lives, it’s just, it’s just, I mean think about it— more lives this year than any other year,” Biden said.

According to the prepared remarks, Biden meant to say, “COVID has taken more lives this year than any outbreak in more than 100 years. More than 180,000 lives in just six months. An average of 1,000 people dying every day in the month of August.”

Jill Biden, however, is planning a more active schedule in public.

CBS News’ Bob Erickson reported the former second lady is “Expected to travel and hold virtual events in 10 cities in 8 battleground states.”

Erickson did not get specific about how many appearances would be in public or the timeline for the events.

Kyle Olson is a reporter for Breitbart News. He is also host of “The Kyle Olson Show,” syndicated on Michigan radio stations on weekends. Listen to segments on YouTube or download full podcast episodes. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook, and follow him on Parler.


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