In his first rally after his own fight with Covid-19, Trump painted a deeply dishonest picture of the nation’s battle with the disease, mocked Biden for social distancing, and promised victory on Nov. 3 when he launched a frantic push for Election Day marked by numerous rallies a day that could act as super-mass events.
“I feel so powerful, I’m going to go into this audience. I’m going to go in there, I’m going to kiss everyone in this audience,” Trump said in Sanford, Florida, showing that his illness has not taught him to respect his own government pandemic guidelines. “I will kiss the boys and the beautiful women and … everyone. I will just give everyone a big, thick kiss.”
“(Biden) may be the worst presidential candidate in history, and I have him,” Trump said, despite a series of recent opinion polls showing him in double digits next to the former vice president and lagging behind in most swing states.
Biden campaigned Monday in Ohio, a state that was once seen as a sure bet for Trump, which Democrats believe is already in play, and synchronized his message with Capitol Hill counterparts, using Barrett’s nomination to reload the allegations. that it will be the ship that will finally kill Obamacare, which faces its next date with fate in court a week after the election.
“In the midst of this pandemic, why do Republicans have time to hold a hearing in the Supreme Court instead of meeting the significant economic need for settlements?” Biden asked. “I’ll tell you why. It’s about his desire to finally destroy the Affordable Care Act.”
Biden also rebuked Trump for his “reckless” behavior after his diagnosis, saying, “The longer Donald Trump is president, the more reckless he seems to get.”
Trump says his crowds are “real polls”
Taken in isolation, the Trump rally looked like any other major election event three weeks before election day. While some supporters wore masks behind him in the frame, many in the large outdoor crowd did not.
And although he chaired a failed pandemic response, Trump said he had saved millions of lives. After turning his White House into an over-spreader, causing many infections, the president criticized Biden for holding socially distant events in which those present sit in certain circles.
“They only have the circles, because that’s the only way they can fill the room,” the president said, before looking at his own large and excited crowd, which contradicts any government recommendation to fight the virus and says, “These are real polls. “
But medical experts have expressed despair at Trump’s decision to gather huge crowds during a deteriorating pandemic, ahead of the scale, which Trump aides say will include numerous rallies every day in the coming weeks.
“I promise you that the virus is there, whether it’s an indoor event or an outdoor event at these big gatherings,” said Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of health policy and preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University in Erin Burnett of CNN. OutFront “who added that the images from the Trump rally make him” cry “.
“Some of these people will get sick, they will spread it to others when they get home and they get sick. These are events that accelerate the spread of the virus,” Schaffner said.
Trump’s mockery of his own government’s recommendations – his rallies are almost the only massive events in the world right now – came amid rapidly dimming warnings for the coming months.
Government infectious disease specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that rallies like the one Trump held Monday night “want trouble.”
“Because when you look at what’s going on in the United States, it’s really disturbing,” Fauzi told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Fauci later issued an even more frightening warning of a pandemic, which has seen rising cases in 31 countries, as a falling jump – which is virtually ignored by the careless White House – began to pick up speed.
“I think we’re facing a lot of problems,” said Fautsi, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, referring to coronavirus infections, which have recently risen to more than 50,000 a day.
“It’s a bad place to be when you’re entering cooler autumn weather and colder winter weather,” Fauci said.
The United States is doing worse than other nations that are dying from viruses
Trump’s claim that he saved millions of lives is based on the presumption that there would be many more deaths if no countermeasures were taken against the disease, a scenario that no one seriously supported.
Countries, including South Korea, Japan and Australia, have reported fewer than five deaths per 100,000 people. If the United States had comparable mortality rates to Australia since the beginning of the pandemic, it would have had 187,661 fewer deaths, according to a study by Alice Bilinski, a doctoral candidate at Harvard University, and Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a vice protest of global professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
If the United States had comparable mortality rates with Canada, it would have 117,622 fewer deaths. And it would report 96,763 fewer deaths if there were mortality rates comparable to France.
GOP alarm for Trump’s prospects
Trump hopes to use his return to the campaign to present himself as a triumphant over Covid-19 and strengthen his assurances to Americans that they have nothing to fear from the disease, despite the growing national threat.
The president – who has rarely tried to reach beyond his political base – relies on massive turnout not only from his supporters in 2016, but also from new white working-class voters who identify with him culturally, but who are rarely voted before Elections. For example, Trump’s rally on Monday was full of comments about Panhandle, the part of North Florida where he performed particularly hard in 2016.
The president is preparing for two or three events a day – which in the circumstances could turn into a number of large-scale events – to revive the spirit of his push to his shocking victory over Hillary Clinton four years ago.
But there are signs that the CSO hierarchy in Washington sees no resemblance to 2016, with some seeing Trump’s antics, including a crude presentation of the first presidential debate, giving Democrats a golden opportunity to grab the White House and Senate.
McConnell warned that Democrats were “passionate” in a recent conversation with lobbyists, according to someone familiar with the remarks.
Senate Republicans who never expected a major challenge, such as Lindsay Graham in South Carolina and Johnny Ernst in Iowa, are at serious risk. Graham, who chairs the Barrett hearings as chairman of the Senate Justice Committee, faces challenger Jamie Harrison, who just broke the $ 57 million quarterly record for a quarter in the Senate race.
And Trump’s itinerary later this week also shows a campaign playing defense as he travels to Iowa, Pennsylvania and North Carolina – all states he won four years ago and where he is now in danger of losing.