Among the many important decisions he makes on a daily basis, President Donald Trump is attempting to get a new nickname to stick to his election opponent Joe Biden. While he usually opts for a the classic jab, “Sleepy Joe,” on Tuesday he threw another name into the mix: Basement Biden. The only problem – other than that name-calling is juvenile and unproductive – is that Trump’s new nickname for Biden isn’t actually an insult.
Why Trump’s New Nickname For Biden Could Backfire
Based on his Twitter history, Trump has been trying out this new name all summer. He first introduced the origin story of the nickname on June 11 when he accused Biden of refusing to leave his basement. It’s probably just a total coincidence that Trump began accusing Biden of hiding out in his basement a week after the viral news story that Trump was whisked off to a bunker beneath the White House amid nationwide protests creating the nickname “bunker boy.” But, Trump took another jab this morning, inaccurately suggesting that “Basement” Biden is no longer polling well.
But Trump’s nickname could easily backfire, since it’s just an obvious reminder that his opponent has been abiding by CDC guidelines to shelter and stay healthy. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Biden has abided by the guidance given by medical experts to slow the spread of the virus. He has worn a mask, greatly limited his campaigning, and sheltered in place throughout. The former vice president even took his campaign trail online hosting digital-age fireside chats from the basement of his home. In doing so, Biden has positioned himself as a calm contrast to Trump who can connect with voters while still abiding by pandemic safety guidelines.
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