The 2020 Presidential campaign has rightly taken the back seat in the face of a global pandemic that's killed 80 thousand Americans and left millions more unemployed, but that doesn't mean presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is through making his case to the American people.
In fact, the current national health crisis has given Biden a chance to show just how important actual leadership is in times like these—a stark contrast from Trump's Twitter bloviations and temper tantrums in White House press briefings.
A new ad from the Biden administration paints a brutal picture of just how ineffective Trump's so-called leadership has been.
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The ad perfectly lays out how Trump's initial dismissals of the threat posed by the virus resulted in a failure to slow the spread in time for disruption and death to remain at a minimum.
It shows that from January into April that Trump promised the virus would disappear—a position he took in hopes that the economic success he inherited from his predecessor wouldn't be disrupted.
It recalls the now-prophetic words from CDC expert Nancy Messonier on February 25, which enraged Trump:
"Disruption to everyday life may be severe, and I told my children that while I didn't think that they were at risk right now, we as a family need to be preparing for significant disruption of our lives."
The ad continues to play the assurances of Trump administration officials that the virus was contained.
Thirty-three million job losses and 80 thousand deaths later, the ad reminds viewers:
"Donald Trump didn't build a great economy. His failure to lead destroyed one."
People agreed that the ad was extremely effective.
From the perspective of a person who, along with my talented colleagues, makes TV content for a living this is very… https://t.co/n76pK0LICP— Chris Hayes (@Chris Hayes)1589247622.0
Wow, this is devastating! https://t.co/OmD0qqThdc— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈)1589249226.0
This new Biden ad is absolutely amazing and devastating... Using President Body Bag's own words to cite his ignoran… https://t.co/kw2GtGlgwA— Bob Geiger (@Bob Geiger)1589300819.0
they played the whole ad on Morning Joe. it's even better on a large screen. have you seen it yet? https://t.co/VYsOOZJeuS— Florida Chris (@Florida Chris)1589288477.0
Another blistering ad from Joe Biden. These are simply amazing. https://t.co/WptjJEY06S— John Aravosis 🇺🇸 (@John Aravosis 🇺🇸)1589291484.0
Part of the reason for the ad's effectiveness is how it uses the President's own words.
Powerful. And 100% in Trump's own words. https://t.co/w9cvNg5bnG— Stephanie Cutter (@Stephanie Cutter)1589247280.0
This new campaign ad is amazing. Its power comes from Trump's own words. https://t.co/UXpLG7tVb3— Ben Edwards (@Ben Edwards)1589288554.0
2020 has produced some of the best presidential campaign ads that I have ever seen. But the credit goes to trump… https://t.co/yT8P06Zr2G— Social Conserv. 📚 (@Social Conserv. 📚)1589263063.0
The only credit Trump deserves in regards to this ad: he hasn't angrily tweeted about it...yet.