The Republican Party has revived the “Hidin’ Biden” line of attack as a tactic for the midterms.
On its blog on Monday, the Republican National Committee noted that President Joe Biden has done just one media interview during the first three months of 2022.
“Does the White House believe Joe Biden is an ineffective messenger, or are they just worried he’ll screw things up?” the post asked.
“After a year in which he did fewer interviews and press conferences than any president in modern history, Biden pledged a ‘reset’ in his second year. But now a quarter of the way into that second year, Biden is still in hiding.”
Continuing, the RNC noted, Biden has sat for just one interview with a media outlet since 2022 began. Overall, he has done just 23 interviews since taking office in January 2021.
“That’s far less than [Vice President] Kamala Harris, who has done 28 interviews since the beginning of this year and at least 85 interviews since taking office,” the RNC said.
The blog post also pointed out that former President Donald Trump was much more accessible. Trump conducted 72 interviews during his first 11 months in office, more than three times the number Biden has given in 15 months.
“It’s not like the Biden administration has been completely absent from the airwaves,” the RNC noted.
“Biden has dispatched cabinet secretaries, a former president, TikTok influencers, and other surrogates to sell his radical agenda,” the party said. “But Biden himself is nowhere to be found.”
“Of course, after eight straight months of plummeting approval ratings, this isn’t the first time Biden has needed a reboot. Biden isn’t likely to emerge from hiding anytime soon.”
Given Biden’s repetitive gaffes, and his staff constantly going into overdrive to explain them away, and his obvious decline in stature and speech, the White House must believe that less is better.
Biden’s reluctance to go one-on-one with the media, even though the media is almost entirely friendly to him, recalls the 2020 election, when he routinely campaigned from his basement and “called a lid,” meaning he stopped, on events.