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Things that go Trump in the night

- BY CHRISTO­PHER BUCK­TIN US Edi­tor Chris.buck­tin@mir­ U.S. News · US Politics · Politics · Elections · Donald Trump · Joe Biden · Joe · Barack Obama · United States of America · Michigan · Democratic Party (United States) · White House · Pennsylvania · Johns Hopkins University · Hopkins · Air National Guard · Congress of the United States · Texas · White · Flint · Newton · Pflugerville, TX · Texas House of Representatives

WHITE House hope­ful Joe Bi­den’s old boss Barack Obama gave a Hal­loween speech yes­ter­day warn­ing vot­ers to “choose a bet­ter Amer­ica” hint­ing at the night­mare prospect of a Don­ald Trump win.

The ex- Pres­i­dent and Bi­den held drive-in ral­lies in Michi­gan as their cam­paign fo­cused on driv­ing home the mes­sage that the USA’s fu­ture is on the line on Tues­day.

And the Democrats also know they need a big turnout from vot­ers to clinch this swing state.

Obama, who ap­peared be­fore Bi­den in the city of Flint, launched a scathing at­tack on Trump fo­cus­ing on the Pres­i­dent’s han­dling of Covid-19.

“This Tues­day, ev­ery­thing is on the line,” he warned vot­ers. “Our jobs are on the line, our health­care is on the line. Whether or not we get this pan­demic un­der con­trol is on the line. But on Tues­day, you can choose change. You can choose a bet­ter Amer­ica.”

Obama mocked Trump’s claims at a Fri­day rally in the state that doc­tors are mak­ing money off Covid-19 deaths.

He said: “He has caused peo­ple to get sick from th­ese ral­lies he has,” adding that some of them have be­come “su­per­spreader events”.

Bi­den praised Obama’s time in the White House in his speech – and pointed to how dif­fer­ent Amer­ica was un­der his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“It re­minds me of what we can be when you have a Pres­i­dent re­spected around the world, a Pres­i­dent our kids looked up to,” he said.

He said it was time for Trump “to pack his bags and go home”, adding: “We’re done with the chaos, the tweets, the anger, the hate, the fail­ure, the re­fusal to take any re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do – and if I’m elected, we’re go­ing to do it.”

Mean­while 370 miles away in New­ton, Penn­syl­va­nia, Trump de­fended his han­dling of coro­n­avirus as the num­ber of cases in Amer­ica hit more than nine mil­lion.

“We moved heaven and earth to pro­duce the vac­cine ahead of schedule and man­u­fac­ture hun­dreds of mil­lions of doses in ad­vance all ready to be shipped,” he claimed.

“Our mil­i­tary is go­ing to be ship­ping… we have a gen­eral

– that’s what he knows, he de­liv­ers troops. This is easy.”

Trump pre­vi­ously pre­dicted a vac­cine would be avail­able be­fore the elec­tion. He said in March: “It will go away. Just

You can choose a bet­ter Amer­ica on Tues­day BARACK OBAMA MICHI­GAN RALLY

stay calm.” Coro­n­avirus is the num­ber one is­sue among vot­ers – and Trump claims he kept deaths from be­ing higher, de­spite a toll now top­ping 230,000 .

He added Amer­ica had “the most ad­vanced med­i­cal op­er­a­tion any­where in the world in his­tory. We have al­ready

re­duced the mor­tal­ity rate”. Trump blasted Bi­den, say­ing: “All he does is talk about Covid, Covid. He’s got noth­ing else to say.”

Amer­ica set a world record for daily in­fec­tions on Fri­day with nearly 100,000 new Covid-19 cases, ac­cord­ing to Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity. The US av­er­age of new cases per day is now at 78,738 – soar­ing well above the pre­vi­ous high in sum­mer.

De­spite the rises in num­bers, Trump con­tin­ues to de­clare Amer­ica is “turn­ing the cor­ner” be­cause of his lead­er­ship. Yes­ter­day US cities con­tin­ued to see busi­nesses boarding up in fear of vi­o­lence dur­ing and af­ter the bal­lot, as many states pre­pare to ac­ti­vate Na­tional Guard sol­diers.

It’s feared un­rest could be wide­spread re­gard­less of whether Trump or Bi­den wins. On Fri­day, Democrats were forced to can­cel an event in

Texan city Pflugervil­le due to “se­cu­rity rea­sons” amid ac­cu­sa­tions of in­tim­i­da­tion by Trump sup­port­ers. Rafael Anchía, a mem­ber of the Texas House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, claimed “armed Trump trolls” had fol­lowed a Bi­den cam­paign bus, “ram­ming vol­un­teer ve­hi­cles and block­ing traf­fic”. He also ac­cused Trump’s son Eric, 36, of in­cit­ing vi­o­lence. Mean­while, with less than 48 hours to go be­fore the elec­tion, Bi­den is 1/2 odds-on with Trump at 2/1.

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