Biden defies coronavirus guidelines, touches his face repeatedly while talking about flattening the curve
'We got to flatten that curve, and we got to make sure that once, in fact, we have this under control, it doesn’t come back'
Former Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden couldn't help touching his face repeatedly while talking about the coronavirus outbreak during an appearance on ABC’s “The View" on March 24.
Biden was invited for three segments of the show to discuss the deadly pandemic and made a series of gaffs in the process.
“It’s looking more and more like our next guest will be the candidate who I am counting on to send you-know-who packing," co-host Whoopi Goldberg said as she introduced Biden.
“Well, what I’m doing is they set up a little bit of a studio here in my home," Biden responded, taking the cue. "I’m able to speak to you and doing a lot of remote stuff with the media, number one, but I have a full day I’m working on."
"For example, I start the morning off with an hour-and-a-half briefing with my medical experts on the health circumstances," he explained. "They send me all these graphs and layout exactly what the status of things are. And then I have an hour-and-a-half meeting with my economic team, former members of the administration and others who are laying out what they think is about to happen and how we should be dealing with it."
"I spend time on the phone with our congressional leaders, and then I’m doing a fair number of — there’s no show like yours but doing — doing some shows," he added.
Biden was then asked about the cure being worse than the virus.
“We have to take care of the cure. That will make the problem worse no matter what. No matter what," he insisted. "We know what has to be done. We know you have to — you’re tired of hearing the phrase, you got to flatten that curve where it’s going up like this, people getting it, and then it comes down. We got to flatten that curve, and we got to make sure that once, in fact, we have this under control, it doesn’t come back.”
And then, in a rather confusing moment, Biden spoke of "a map here I want to show you. You can’t see it. A map here from the docs that sent it to me.”
The former vice president continued to rub his face as he went on about the accuracy of "facts" surrounding the pandemic.
“Well look, what I referenced before was back, I think, on March 6 or whatever the date was he said a few things that just weren’t accurate, and I think it’s important people get the facts," he said. "The American people can handle the truth, but what they can’t handle is something that’s not true that they believe in a moment, and then they found out it’s not true. They lose confidence.”
Biden is seen repeatedly touching his eyes and face in a video compiled by Twitter user Caleb Hull, who noted the presumptive he was also "licking his fingers at times on live TV in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic."