President Donald Trump has slammed Joe Biden’s ‘dark, dismal, gloomy’ vision for the future, saying the Democratic presidential nominee could send the country back into a COVID-19 lockdown that would cause a super ‘depression’.
The Commander-in-chief made the claim during two campaign rallies in Florida on Friday, as he tries to muster up support in the vital swing state just 11 days out from the election.
‘This election is a choice between a Trump super recovery and Biden super depression!’ he told a raucous crowd in Pensacola.
‘Joe Biden’s plan will crush American; my plan will crush the virus. We’re going to get back to normal where we were seven months ago’.
Trump echoed the same theme during an earlier rally at The Villages – a retirement community in Sumter County.
‘This election is a choice between… a Trump super recovery and a Biden depression because you will have a depression. Who has 401(k)s in this group? Anybody? If he got in, wave bye-bye to your 401(k) because it’s going down the tubes.’
Trump trails Biden in his home state but the race is tight. The RealClearPolitics polling average has Biden up by 2 points, well within the margin of error.
President Donald Trump has slammed Joe Biden’s ‘dark, dismal, gloomy’ vision for the future, saying the Democratic presidential nominee could send the country back into a COVID-19 lockdown that would cause a super ‘depression’
During the course of the day, President Trump painted himself as an optimist, while claiming Biden was a pessimist who was trying to terrify Americans.
‘All he talks about is COVID, COVID, COVID because he wants to scare people,’ Trump charged.
‘Last night [at the debate] he said, “America is entering a dark winter.”. Isn’t that really inspirational? He’s running for President. Think of it. We have this guy that can’t even speak and he goes, “We’re entering a dark winter”. So inspirational, but he’s trying to scare people, basically. He’s trying to get something because he’s been such a failure at every level of government that this is something.’
The Commander-in-chief continued: ‘We’re not entering a dark winter. We’re entering the final turn and approaching the light at the end of the tunnel. That’s the way I look at it.’
The comments come as the CDC revealed that COVID cases are on the rise in nearly 80 percent of US states and territories.
On Friday, the country recorded more than 70,000 new cases of the virus, taking the total number of infections to 8.45 million. More than 223,000 Americans have died from the disease.
President Donald Trump campaigned for his home state of Florida with a rally in Pensacola and another at The Villages
At his Florida rallies, Trump also unleashed a new campaign weapon – videos. He played several videos showing Biden in a bad light on Social Security, fracking Medicare that had the crowds roaring in laughter.
Trump argued he is the voters’ best choice for the next four years.
‘Joe works to enrich his family and I work for the American people,’ he said.
He claimed Biden would eliminate the second amendment and private healthcare, destroy the suburbs, and abolish fracking.
President Trump exited Air Force One and walked across the tarmac to his rally site
President Trump spoke to a large crowd in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday evening
He kept up his attacks on Biden, hitting Biden, a known moderate, for being too liberal.
‘Joe Biden has made a corrupt bargain in exchange for his party’s nomination. He has handed control of his party over to socialists communists Marxist left wing extremists,’ he said.
He also claimed China wast trying to help Biden win after a report Russia was after voter data to try and aid the president.
‘Joe Biden is a corrupt politician, and he’s compromised fully compromised. China is desperate for Biden to win. Because if Biden wins, China wins, and if China wins, China will own America, they will own,’ he said.
He claimed Hunter Biden’s business dealings with China and the Ukraine netted the Bidens millions even though Joe Biden has released over 20 years of tax returns and there is no sign of that money.
‘Joe Biden sold out American workers in every turn, shattering the lives of millions of American families while their families,’ Trump said.
He said he ran for president because of that kind of corruption.
Trump and Biden are essentially tied in the polls in the critical battleground state
‘I couldn’t sit by and watch that I couldn’t sit by and watch these horrible trade deals that are ripping off America all the time. I couldn’t sit back and watch China, year after year after year, hundreds of billions of dollars they made,’ he said.
His attacks echoed many he lobbied at Biden earlier Friday at a rally at The Villages.
He started off hitting his Democratic rival on his oil policy.
‘This is probably the most shocking division ever made,’ Trump said.
‘Could be one of the worst mistakes’ in presidential political history, he argued.
Biden’s pledge to ‘transition away from the oil industry’ shook up that energy sector, leaving the Democratic nominee to try and clarify his stance, saying he would transit it out ‘over time.’
The president argued it would hurt Biden in some of the Midwest states both candidates are courting.
‘Texas are you watching. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Ohio are you watching,’ he said.
Pennsylvania and Ohio are critical states for winning the White House. Democrats are also making a play for Texas, which has been trending blue.
President Trump at his rally in The Villages, Florida
Marine One circled the crowd before landing
Florida is considered a must-win for Trump if he wants a second term
Trump relieved some of his debate moments, recalling how brought about Biden’s answer on oil and how he attacked Biden on immigration.
He also showed a video – a rare occurrence at a Trump rally – that showed Biden and Bernie Sanders arguing about social security at a Democratic primary debate, a huge issue in Florida.
The ad was a Sanders campaign ad during the Democratic primary.
At his rally in Pensacola he showed a video showing Biden talking about fracking, which Trump claims Biden will end and Biden has said he would not.
Trump went after Biden hard – a change in tone from how he showed restraint at Thursday night’s presidential debate.
‘He’s a corrupt politician,’ he said of Biden. ‘He’s a liar. He’ll look at you and lie.’
He argued Biden has changed his stance on fracking and oil.
‘This guy is either really stupid or lies,’ he said.
President Trump is holding two rallies in Florida on Friday
Supporters of President Donald Trump cheer as he arrives for a campaign rally at The Villages Polo Club
A Trump supporter dances in the crowd
Marine One approaches The Villages Polo Club for landing