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Trump restarts 2020 cam­paign for re-elec­tion

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US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump launched his come­back rally by defin­ing the up­com­ing elec­tion as a stark choice be­tween na­tional her­itage and left­wing rad­i­cal­ism.

Mr Trump ig­nored health warn­ings to hold his first rally in 110 days, one of the largest in­door gath­er­ings in the world dur­ing a coro­n­avirus out­break that has killed more than 120,000 Amer­i­cans.

The rally in Tulsa, Ok­la­homa, was meant to restart his re-elec­tion ef­fort less than five months be­fore the pres­i­dent faces vot­ers.

“The choice in 2020 is very sim­ple,” he said.

“Do you want to bow be­fore the left-wing mob, or do you want to stand up tall and proud as Amer­i­cans?”

Mr Trump un­leashed months of pent-up griev­ances about the coro­n­avirus, which he dubbed the “Kung flu”, a racist term for Covid-19, which orig­i­nated in China.

He also tried to de­fend his han­dling of the pan­demic.

He com­plained that ro­bust coro­n­avirus test­ing was mak­ing his record look bad – and sug­gested the

“Do you want to bow be­fore the left-wing mob?”

test­ing ef­fort should slow down.

“When you do test­ing to that ex­tent, you’re go­ing to find more cases,” he said.

“So I said to my peo­ple, ‘Slow the test­ing down’.”

Mr Trump’s Demo­cratic op­po­nent Joe Bi­den tweeted later: “Speed up the test­ing.”

White House trade ad­viser Peter Navarro later said Mr Trump’s com­ments about ask­ing of­fi­cials to slow down coro­n­avirus test­ing had been “tonguein-cheek”.

 ??  ?? RALLY: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump held an event in Tulsa and de­fined the up­com­ing elec­tion as a choice be­tween her­itage and rad­i­cal­ism
RALLY: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump held an event in Tulsa and de­fined the up­com­ing elec­tion as a choice be­tween her­itage and rad­i­cal­ism

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