WILMINGTON, Del. — President-elect Joe Biden made himself scarce on purpose Tuesday, while President Trump denied responsibility for the deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol carried out in his name and set off for a kind of anti-immigration victory romp along the Texas border.
In a bitterly divided nation groping toward Biden’s presidency eight days away, each man was speaking a language his supporters understand.
Biden seems determined to be the not-Trump, even at the risk of being a bystander to the waning days of the Trump Show. It was the same practice he followed during the campaign, to evident success.
By remaining silent Tuesday, Biden was staying on message, said Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, a political science professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
“He ran on being the adult,” she said. “And what do adults do? They roll up their sleeves and get it done.”
Some Democrats might prefer to see Biden battling Trump point by point, but Biden is hewing to his instinct that more people want to move on, DeFrancesco Soto said.
Yes! The grownups are in charge again. Let Congress take trump down. Joe has more important things to do, like some actual Presidentin’-- something we haven’t seen in four years.