The Democratic Party nominee’s team called a lid shortly after 9 a.m. on September 24, which means he will not be available to members of the press or make any public appearances for the rest of the day.
Biden has said he is off the trail in order to prepare for the upcoming presidential debates.
According to Trump, however, this is a clear sign the Democrat is unfit for office.
“Sleepy Joe Biden just closed down his campaign for the day (Again). Wants to rest!” Trump tweeted.
“He is a very LOW ENERGY INDIVIDUAL, and our Country cannot make it in these exciting, but complex and competitive times, with a Low Energy President!!!”
While it is not out of the ordinary for a candidate to reduce appearances days before a debate, Biden’s team, it seems, has a habit of calling an early lid.
As Breitbart News pointed out via Twitter, in the month of September, Biden has been unavailable nine full days. This is particularly unusual because there are only 40 days until the election.
“If he announces one more in the upcoming week, he will have hidden out for a full third of the penultimate month before the election,” the tweet read.
But, as The Hill noted, this is not unusual behavior for Biden, who has “kept out of the public eye for much of his campaign.”
The former vice president has benefited from this strategy, given Trump has been trailing him in the polls all summer, with voters focused on the coronavirus pandemic.
In recent weeks, Trump has been closing the once-enormous polling gap in key states. In fact, latest polling showed him ahead in the critical battlegrounds of Arizona and Florida.
Some Democrats have warned this may not be an effective strategy, arguing the candidate needs to spend more time presenting his ideas to voters and members of the press.
Others claimed Biden may not be ready to debate Trump.
Trump and his allies have pointed to Biden’s reluctance to appear in public as evidence of his cognitive decline.
The commander in chief has repeatedly accused his opponent of “hiding” from media scrutiny and suggested he is suffering from dementia.
“Joe doesn’t know he’s alive,” Trump told Fox News anchor Chris Wallace in an interview.
Biden has dismissed these attacks, arguing they are a distraction from Trump’s mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic and other failures of the administration.