Donald Trump arrives aboard a US Air Force One B-757 to crowds….
Joe Biden arrives aboard a private Gulfstream business jet to sparse crowds…
Trump never wears mask….
Donald Trump is still trailing in the polls….
Joe Biden, meanwhile, has barely left his home without a mask for months, and he makes a point of keeping voters — when he encounters any — at a distance from himself and one another. Events at drive-in theaters have been kept under 50 — people, not cars — to respect state guidelines.
This contrast continued Tuesday, when Trump flew to Florida and North Carolina, addressing crowds in both places, while Biden’s camp announced by 9:30 a.m. that he would make no public appearances all day. It’s a likely snapshot of the race’s final eight weeks: one campaign fueled by in-person events, raucous gatherings and defiant crowds flouting health rules; the other driven by quiet, small-bore events with everyone masked and spaced apart.
These are more than just competing messages for a country riven by a pandemic less than two months before an election. The two sides don’t even agree on what constitutes campaigning. And Republicans and Democrats each say their opponents are making a fatal error — with the Trump campaign attempting to cast life as largely normal, while Biden and his campaign largely stay at home.
“That’s great, great news for us,” Republican National Committee Chief of Staff Richard Walters said of the Democrats’ approach. “It’s an elitist viewpoint that says you have to remain locked down indefinitely until Joe Biden says you can come out of your basement. It’s a typical Democrat strategy where you take the choice of the individual away.”
If Trump is showcasing his brand of defiant individualism, Biden is seeking to demonstrate his rationality and willingness to heed experts. Democrats say Trump is scaring away swing voters alarmed by the pandemic while appealing to a core base that sees public health measures as going too far….
Joe Biden has now moved to a small jetliner as he increases his campaign traveling….
He began with Gulfstream business jet which seats up to 14-19 people….
He is now traveling in a B-737 business jet that can seat from 25 to 50 people…
This means that Biden and his wife can travel with their Secret Service detail, staff and a small press poll….
bottom B-737 image …Chip /Somodevilla Getty