At his first rally since his own fight against Covid-19, Trump painted a deeply dishonest picture of the nation’s fight against the disease, mocked Biden over social distancing and vowed victory on November 3 as he embarked on a frantic push into election day that was marked by Several rallies per day, which can act as super-spreading events.
“I feel so powerful, I’m going to go into that audience. I’m going to go in there, I’m going to kiss everyone in that audience,” Trump said in Sanford, Florida, showing that his illness did not teach him that of his own government too respect pandemic guidelines. “I’m going to kiss the boys and the beautiful women and the ̵
“(Biden) is possibly the worst presidential candidate in history, and I have him,” Trump said, though recent polls have left him in double digits over the former vice president and in most swing states.
Biden fought Monday in Ohio, a state that was once considered a safe fire bet for Trump that Democrats believe is now in the game, synchronizing his message with colleagues from Capitol Hill who took advantage of the Barrett nomination to recharge claims that she is a ship that could be definitively killed by Obamacare, which is on trial a week after the election.
“In the midst of this pandemic, why do Republicans have time to hold a Supreme Court hearing instead of meeting significant local economic needs?” Asked Biden. “I’ll tell you why. It’s about finally getting his desire to wipe out the Affordable Care Act.”
Biden also reprimanded Trump for his “reckless” behavior since his diagnosis, saying, “The longer Donald Trump has been president, the more reckless he appears to be getting.”
Trump says his crowd is “the real poll”.
In isolation, Trump’s rally three weeks before election day looked like any other major campaign event. While some supporters in the camera wore masks behind them, many people in the large crowd outside did not.
And despite presiding over a botched pandemic response, Trump claimed he saved millions of lives. After turning his White House into a super spreader that caused multiple infections, President Biden also criticized Biden for holding socially aloof events where participants sit in specific circles.
“They only have the circles because that’s the only way they can fill the room,” said the president, before looking at his own large and noisy crowd, which goes against any government recommendation to fight the virus, and said, “These are the real ones Survey. “
However, medical experts were desperate over Trump’s decision to rally large crowds amid a worsening pandemic, before Trump aides said there would be multiple rallies every day on Monday for the coming weeks.
“I promise you the virus is there, whether it’s an indoor event or an outdoor event in these big gatherings,” said Dr. William Schaffner, Professor of Health Policy and Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University on CNN’s Erin Burnett “OutFront”. who added that the pictures of Trump’s rally made him “cry”.
“Some of these people get sick, they’ll pass it on to others when they get home, and they get sick. These are accelerator events that encourage the spread of the virus,” Schaffner said.
Trump’s ridicule of his own government’s recommendations – his rallies are nearly the only mass events currently taking place in the world – came amid rapidly darkening warnings of the months ahead.
The government’s leading infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, warned that rallies like Trump’s on Monday evening “ask for trouble”.
“Because when you look at what’s going on in the US, it’s really very problematic,” Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Fauci later issued an even worse warning of a pandemic that is rising in 31 states as a fall, virtually ignored by a negligent White House, gains momentum.
“I think we are facing big problems,” said Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, of coronavirus infections that recently rose back over 50,000 a day.
“This is a bad place when you go in the cooler weather of fall and the colder weather of winter,” said Fauci.
The US is worse off than other nations when it comes to virus deaths
Trump’s claim of saving millions of lives is based on the assumption that there would have been many more deaths had no countermeasures been taken against the disease – a scenario that no one seriously advocated.
Countries like South Korea, Japan, and Australia recorded fewer than five deaths per 100,000 people. If the U.S. had had mortality rates comparable to Australia since the pandemic began, it would have had 187,661 fewer deaths, according to the study by Harvard University graduate student Alyssa Bilinski and Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Vice Provost of the World Initiatives and Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
If the US had death rates comparable to Canada, it would have had 117,622 fewer deaths. And it would have had 96,763 fewer deaths if it had had mortality rates comparable to France.
GOP alert over Trump’s prospects
Trump hopes to use his return to campaign to portray himself as a victor over Covid-19 and cement his assurances to Americans that there is nothing to fear despite the increasing national threat.
The president, who has seldom tried to go beyond his political base, is counting on not only massive turnout from his supporters in 2016, but also new white working-class voters who identify with him culturally but have rarely cast a vote before the elections . Trump’s rally on Monday, for example, was peppered with comments on the “Panhandle”, the part of North Florida in which he performed particularly well in 2016.
The president longs for two and three events a day – which, under the circumstances, could lead to multiple superspreader events – to revive the spirit of his foray into his shock victory over Hillary Clinton four years ago.
However, there is evidence that the GOP hierarchy in Washington doesn’t see the similarities to 2016. Some see Trump’s antics, including a rough performance in the first presidential debate, as a golden opportunity for Democrats to seize both the White House and Senate.
McConnell recently warned in a conversation with lobbyists that Democrats are “on fire,” according to someone familiar with the remarks.
Senate Republicans who never expected a serious challenge, like Lindsey Graham in South Carolina and Joni Ernst in Iowa, are at serious risk. Graham, who chairs the Barrett hearings as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, faces a challenger, Jaime Harrison, who has just broken a quarterly record for a Senate race for $ 57 million.
And Trump’s itinerary for later this week also points to a defense campaign if he travels to Iowa, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina – all states he won four years ago and now in danger of losing.