September 22, 2020 at 12:19 a.m. EDT
Trump says he, not Biden, will “end the pandemic” if elected in November
In remarks at a rally in Swanton, Ohio, on Monday night, Trump said the course of the coronavirus pandemic would depend on the election results in November, arguing that he, not Biden, was the candidate most willing to defend the country.
The pandemic has killed nearly 200,000 people in the United States since February, and Trump has been exposed to bubbles as he copes with the crisis.
“On November 3, Ohio will decide whether to end the pandemic and return to record prosperity, or allow sleepy Joe Biden and his group of incompetents to delay the vaccine. [and] shut down the country, “Trump told supporters.
Biden advocates that each vaccine be distributed fairly and that its development be free from political pressure. Contrary to Trump̵
7;s claim, he did not say the vaccine should be postponed.
The president also claimed that the virus wrongly affected elderly people with heart problems – contrary to what he told Washington Post editor Bob Woodward in a March interview.
“We know it now,” Trump said in Ohio on Monday night. “It affects the elderly, the elderly with heart problems and other problems. This is what really affects. “
He added: “In some states, thousands of people – no one young. Under the age of 18, like no one else. They have a strong immune system, who knows? Take off the hats of the young, because they have a hell of an immune system. But this affects virtually no one. This is an amazing thing. “
In an interview with Woodward on March 19, Trump acknowledged that he had publicly reduced the risk caused by the virus, and said it affected “very young people” as well as the elderly.
“Now it turns out it’s not just old people, Bob,” Trump told Woodward. “But just today and yesterday, some amazing facts came out. It’s not just old, older. “
From Felicia Sonmez and Anne Gearan