When President Trump announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, the Biden campaign said they would suspend their negative advertisements of the president in light of the negative news.
Political campaigns often decide to show decency when a political opponent announces a loss or illness by suspending their own campaign efforts or negative attacks.
Biden campaign national press secretary T.J. Ducklo told Fox News the campaign would suspend its efforts to swipe the president, calling it “inappropriate” to attack the president while he is battling the coronavirus.
“Vice President Biden and our entire campaign are praying for President Trump and the First Lady to make a full recovery as soon as possible,” he said. “We think it’s inappropriate to use the president’s illness to score political points on our opponent, which is why we unilaterally took down our negative ads.”
Only, they didn’t, according to the Trump campaign.
The Trump campaign reports the Biden campaign continued to air negative ads — 100 ads since Trump’s announcement just after midnight on Friday.
“Despite pledging to stop his negative advertising, nearly 100 negative Biden ads slandering the president and lying about his record have aired today while the president is at Walter Reed,” Trump 2020 Campaign rapid response director Andrew Clark told Fox News. “Meanwhile, Joe Biden has continued to attack the president in his speeches.”
The Biden campaign defended itself by saying it takes some time to have the ads all pulled down and is not as easy as flipping a switch.
Fox News adds:
Trump announced early Friday that he and the first lady were diagnosed with the coronavirus. Later that day, Biden’s team said the Democrat had pulled negative ads. By Friday evening the president was admitted to the hospital for a course of treatment to fight off the coronavirus that has killed more than 208,000 Americans.
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Meanwhile, overnight in Raleigh, N.C., Biden’s ad accusing Trump of planning to wipe out Social Security within three years was still on the air. In Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, Biden was still on the airwaves blasting Trump’s handling of the coronavirus, saying it’s “unforgivable” that Trump “failed to protect America.”
Overnight in Las Vegas on Saturday, a Biden ad aired that hit Trump on his “tax cut giveaway” and declared “Donald Trump is lying again” about Biden’s tax proposal.
The Biden campaign says these ads are down or in the process of coming down as it can take at least 24 hours to pull an ad from rotation.