President Donald Trump flies through Florida, a state vital to his prospect of re-election
Trump gave an election campaign speech with Florida sheriffs, continuing his efforts to force an increase in crime on democratic mayors in some of the country’s largest cities, as he threatened to send federal law enforcement agencies to siege them to protect designated communities.
Shortly after a federal appeals court overturned Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing because of possible jury prejudice, Trump attacked democratic rival Joe Biden for changing his position on the death penalty. The former vice president, who supported the death penalty throughout much of his long political career, called for the abolition of the death penalty at federal level and incentives for states to do the same last year.
“They protect criminals and Biden rejects the death penalty, even for police and child murderers,” Trump said to hundreds of supporters who heard him speak at the sheriff’s asphalt event on the tarmac at Tampa International Airport. “I see in Boston where you have the animal that killed so many people during the Boston Marathon that they just sent that death penalty sentence back to the lower courts. … it’s ridiculous.”
With the White House and Democrats fighting over a new round of financial relief to bolster a coronavirus-infested economy, Trump is trying to electrify his base with a “law and order” theme and win undecided voters from more than troubled two Months of protests revolved around police brutality and racial injustice.
Before leaving Washington, Trump again incorrectly claimed that democratic rival Biden supported the defusing of the police.
He met at the White House with members of the National Association of Police Organizations Leadership, an organization that supported Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 but supports Trump’s re-election offer.
“Your choice is me or someone who has no idea what they’re doing,” Trump told them.
In Florida, Trump will also attend a meeting to review the response to COVID-19 and the state’s readiness for Hurricane Isaias, which was based in the Bahamas on Friday and is expected to move to southern Florida on Saturday.
“It’s a pretty big storm,” said Trump, who asked Floridians to be careful. “I don’t know if it’s going to be a hurricane or not, but it’s a storm. It’s significant.”
Florida has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases and reported 253 new coronavirus deaths on Thursday, the highest daily number and third consecutive record day.
After these events, Trump will speak to supporters on a fundraiser that is closed to reporters.
The state of Florida is seen as essential to the president’s prospects for re-election. He won the state with a margin of 1.2% in 2016, but most polls have shown that he lags behind Biden.
Democratic supporters of Biden in Florida criticized Trump for coming to the state in a critical time for the state and nation to collect donations. Nowhere is the pandemic threatening Trump’s political future more than in Florida, where Democrats are protesting the Republican President’s inability to control the health threat in a state full of seniors.
“We have more cases than some countries. This is outrageous, and here he is, Donald Trump, visiting Florida to raise money and pretend that we don’t even have a problem. An impending storm is approaching to top it off. Said Miami Democratic Senator Annette Taddeo, a Biden supporter. “As if 2020 couldn’t get any worse for Floridians.”
Democrats working to defeat Trump are, on the one hand, dizzy about the President’s weak reputation in several public polls, and on the other hand, they predict that the race before election day will be much tougher.
While Trump may have problems three months before election day, his campaign highlights its organizational benefits and suggests that the prospects for a pandemic are improving. Trump has already reserved $ 36 million for fall advertising in Florida alone. This is by far his largest advertising investment in a general election battlefield country.
Nick Trainer, director of the campaign’s battlefield strategy, predicted that the coronavirus situation would ultimately be a win for Trump’s re-election.
“President Trump’s corona virus leadership has put us in a strong position to protect vulnerable Americans and rebuild our economy,” he said. “We are not in November where we are today.”
People reported from New York. Associated press writers Darlene Superville, Alexandria Jaffe in Washington and Aamer Madhani in Chicago contributed to this report.