Joe Biden Makes First Public Appearance In Months; Wears Mask During Memorial Day Service

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, has been carrying out his campaign through virtual platforms for over two months. He emerged for Memorial Day, laying a wreath at Delaware Memorial Bridge Veterans Memorial Park. Biden and his wife, Jill, both wore protective masks while participating in the ceremony.

Joe Biden Memorial Day Wreath
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The couple lost their son, an Army veteran, to brain cancer in 2015. CNN reports Biden’s public statement as he left the event as only, “Never forget the sacrifices that these men and women made. Never, ever, forget.”

Biden released a statement by tweet as well, thanking military members and families for their sacrifice.

It is the first appearance since mid-March for Biden, who is expected to be named the Democratic nominee and face off against Donald Trump in November. He has not said whether he will resume public campaign activities after this, or whether this visit was just a brief hiatus from social distancing.

Trump also participated in Memorial Day activities, visiting Arlington National Cemetary and Fort McHenry, and offering a speech in honor of the occasion. Trump, Pence, and other participants can be seen without masks during the events.

Donald Trump has made numerous appearances over the past two months. He’s held press conferences and visited various facilities to laud their making of medical and personal protective equipment, including ventilators and protective face coverings. On Monday morning, he also tweeted, “Happy Memorial Day!”

Biden’s brief, somber appearance has been compared to Trump’s day of tweets. Despite his public appearances, Trump squeezed in time to threaten to move the RNC out of North Carolina, and to complain that the press reported on his golf trip as COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. approach 100k.

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