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Dur­ing ral­lies, Trump mocks Bi­den for ‘stay­ing in again’

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>>WASHINGTON: With just about 40 days un­til the US elec­tion, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ramped up his cam­paign­ing with back-to-back events on Fri­day in bat­tle­ground states — a fre­netic pace in con­trast with the more se­date ap­proach of Demo­cratic ri­val Joe Bi­den.

The 74-year-old pres­i­dent’s gru­elling 12-hour, three-state sched­ule cul­mi­nated with a night-time rally in New­port News, Vir­ginia. Mr Trump — who trails Mr Bi­den in na­tional polling and is nar­rowly be­hind in sev­eral swing states seen as cru­cial to his path to re-elec­tion — is un­der pres­sure to make the most of the re­main­ing weeks be­fore the Nov 3 elec­tion.

Dur­ing his whirl­wind day the pres­i­dent mocked his ri­val for a lower-en­ergy cam­paign, say­ing Bi­den was “stay­ing in again to­day.”

“This guy never goes out. It’s ter­ri­ble huh?” he told a black eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment event in At­lanta, where few peo­ple wore masks and so­cial dis­tanc­ing was non-ex­is­tent.

“If I lose to a man who doesn’t cam­paign... I don’t know,” he told the laugh­ing crowd.

Mr Bi­den trav­elled from his home in Delaware to Washington on Fri­day to at­tend a cer­e­mony at the US Capi­tol as late Supreme Court jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg lay in state there. But there was no in-per­son cam­paign­ing on the for­mer vice pres­i­dent’s sched­ule.

In a bid to fire up his base over the weekend, the pres­i­dent yes­ter­day planned to an­nounce his pick to re­place the lib­eral icon Gins­burg, who died last week at 87.

Mr Trump be­gan the day in Florida with a round­table with Latino vot­ers, a cru­cial con­stituency in the swing state.

Mr Bi­den has “been very bad to His­pan­ics,” the pres­i­dent said at the event which took place at his golf club in Doral, near Mi­ami.

Mr Trump next flew to neigh­bour­ing Ge­or­gia, which has voted Repub­li­can in the last six elec­tions but is now rated a toss-up, where he in­sisted that as pres­i­dent he did “even more than I promised” for African-Amer­i­cans.

“I did more for the black com­mu­nity in 47 months... than Joe Bi­den did in 47 years,” he said, re­peat­edly swip­ing at Bi­den’s leg­isla­tive record in co-spon­sor­ing 1990s tough-on-crime leg­is­la­tion that many ex­perts say re­sulted in high in­car­cer­a­tion rates for black Amer­i­cans.

Mr Trump said he was un­veil­ing a “plat­inum plan” that aims to in­crease cap­i­tal to African-Amer­i­cans, cre­ate three mil­lion new jobs for the black com­mu­nity and im­ple­ment “the high­est stan­dards of polic­ing.”

Mr Trump then re­turned to Washington to gather with sup­port­ers and flew to a Make Amer­ica Great Again night-time rally in New­port News, Vir­ginia. The state’s Demo­cratic gover­nor mean­while an­nounced that he and his wife have tested pos­i­tive for Covid-19.

“As I’ve been re­mind­ing Vir­gini­ans through­out this cri­sis, Covid-19 is very real and very con­ta­gious,” Gover­nor Ralph Northam said in a state­ment.

Mr Bi­den’s cam­paign has been cau­tious ever since the pan­demic forced sev­eral US states into ex­tended lock­down. Mr Bi­den, 77, spent months mostly hun­kered down in his Delaware home. While he has in­creased cam­paign­ing in swing states like Wisconsin, Penn­syl­va­nia and Michi­gan, his events are tightly scripted with only oc­ca­sional in­ter­ac­tion with vot­ers. His re­cent go-to strat­egy to counter Mr Trump ap­pears to be re­leas­ing state­ments that ad­dress the pres­i­dent’s var­i­ous cam­paign stops.

“Since Pres­i­dent Trump’s last visit to Florida just two weeks ago, over 40,000 more Florid­i­ans have tested pos­i­tive for coro­n­avirus,” Mr Bi­den said on Thurs­day.

 ?? NYT ?? LEV­EL­LING WITH SUP­PORT­ERS: Joe Bi­den, the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, meets with two young boys on the street as he cam­paigns in Du­luth, Min­nesota, on Fri­day.
NYT LEV­EL­LING WITH SUP­PORT­ERS: Joe Bi­den, the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, meets with two young boys on the street as he cam­paigns in Du­luth, Min­nesota, on Fri­day.

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