TJ Ducklo, national press secretary of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, appeared upset at a Fox News anchor, for asking simple, legitimate questions that he claims are bipartisan questions.
In an interview by Fox News’ Special Report on September 10, anchor Bret Baier asked him if Biden is using a teleprompter during interviews and speeches. Ducklo refused to answer and, instead, went on saying Trump’s campaign is using it because they don’t have a coherent strategy for why Donald Trump deserves reelection and four more years.
“We know that he lied to the American people. We know that he has not shown leadership during this crisis, and they are desperate to throw anything they can against the wall to try to distract from that fact,” he said.
Baier said “I understand” and insisted his question be answered.
“I’m not going to allow the Trump campaign to funnel their questions through Fox News and get me to respond to that,” Ducklo defensively stated and the interview ended.
Earlier in the dialogue, he looked at ease but unprepared, and began getting agitated as the talk progressed.
Baier started the interview on Biden’s take regarding the coronavirus, which the Dems often use to attack the president. He asked Ducklo if what would have been Biden’s actions should he received the briefing at the end of January this year, referring to Woodward’s revelation that President Donald Trump knew about the COVID-19 threat.
Instead of answering directly, he started accusing the president of “knowingly and willfully” lying, which failed the Americans.
He then bragged that Joe Biden had clear plans as early as March on what he should do to put America where the people need to be.
The host interrupted, making it clear that he was referring to January because two top White House advisors recommended in an interview that people shouldn’t panic, which the president probably listened to. Two short clips followed showing interviews of the two gentlemen assuring the public to slow down, and masks are not necessary to fact check the host’s claims.
Baier continued pressing him what could have Joe Biden done if he was the president because he said he wouldn’t have closed the travel from China.
The argument continued, with Biden’s aide explaining the former vice president wasn’t against the travel ban, which the host questioned. Ducklo, then, in desperation to convince the reporter offered a fact check.
Video: Here's just a sample of the back-and-forth between Fox News Channel's @BretBaier and TJ Ducklo from the Biden campaign. Baier repeatedly asked the simple question of what Biden would have done differently on COVID, and Ducklo accuses him of being a Trump campaign stooge pic.twitter.com/kQw9PZJAUk
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) September 10, 2020
The funny thing is, one day after the president’s announcement in February about the travel restrictions, Biden tweeted mentioning about xenophobia. Did he just say the travel ban is xenophobic?
We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We need to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) February 1, 2020
Ducklo also made an accusation, saying, the news channel is covering up Trump’s kind of leadership after Baier asked whether or not Dr. Fauci made a mistake when he said the president’s public and private comments about the virus didn’t have a lot of discrepancies in them.
Biden’s campaign has been questioning Trump’s handling of the COVID-19, but found a perfect chance to grill the president and make him appear like a weak leader after Bob Woodward’s revelations. In the audio recording from his hit piece, Trump said early on in the pandemic that he wanted to downplay the virus to avoid panic in the country.
What could have happened if the president did tell the Americans that people could die? At that point, even experts had a little knowledge about the virus, so telling the people that it is deadly and dangerous could have caused more chaos.
“I know that you all are working overtime to try to find excuses for this president,” said Ducklo referring to Fox News. “We know from the president’s own words, he knew how serious this threat was. He did not implement the necessary steps to get testing to where we needed, to get contact tracing to where we needed, to actually mobilize PPE and get that around to hospitals around the country.”