US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks on June 30, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware.
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WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden laid out his most complete, detailed case up to now in opposition to President Donald Trump on Tuesday, saying the president “has waved the white flag and left the field of battle” in opposition to the resurgent coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking in Wilmington, Delaware, over about an hour, Biden additionally staked out positions on a variety of hot-button points, together with the alleged Russian bounties paid for useless American troops in Afghanistan, the removing of Confederate monuments and his personal cognitive potential.
But with coronavirus circumstances surging throughout the nation and several other states rolling again their reopening plans, Biden’s simplest strains in opposition to Trump had been his critiques of the president’s response to a pandemic that has claimed the lives of greater than 125,000 Americans since February.
Biden’s remarks additionally got here as Dr. Anthony Fauci, the administration’s main voice on the virus, warned Tuesday that the U.S. could top 100,000 cases a day.
“All of the steps you’ve taken so far haven’t gotten the job done, Mr. President,” Biden stated of Trump, who nonetheless insists that the current surge in circumstances is because of broader testing and never a resurgence of the virus itself.
“Remember back in March when he called himself a wartime president?” Biden stated in his remarks. “Remember when he exhorted the nation to ‘sacrifice together’ to face an ‘invisible enemy’? What happened? Now it’s almost July, and it seems the wartime president has surrendered — has waved the white flag and left the field of battle.”
“Today we’re facing a serious threat, and we must meet it — as one country. But this president gives us no direction. He pits us against one another,” stated Biden.
Biden used the speech to put out his personal five-point plan to deal with the pandemic, considered one of a number of contrasts he drew between Trump and himself.
The former vice president stated he would offer free nationwide coronavirus testing, deploy 100,000 contact tracers, set up nationwide requirements for reopening, use the Defense Production Act to additional enhance protecting tools manufacturing, and supply extra federal help to the aged and other people of colour, who’ve been particularly hard-hit by the virus.
Months of lockdowns which have crippled the U.S. economic system, Biden stated, “were intended to buy us the time to get our act together. But instead of using that time to prepare ourselves — Donald Trump squandered it.”
“The American people didn’t make enormous sacrifices over the past four months so you could waste your time with late night ranting and tweets,” stated the previous vice president, addressing Trump. “They didn’t make these sacrifices so you could ignore the science and turn responsible steps like wearing a mask into a political statement.”
“You’ve called yourself a ‘cheerleader’ for the nation. We don’t need a cheerleader. We need a president,” stated Biden.
Biden additionally took questions from the press for the primary time in additional than two months. In doing so, he disadvantaged the rival Trump marketing campaign of a constant level of assault they’ve used in opposition to him, specifically that he has averted scrutiny to this point within the race by evading the press.
For Biden, the handle successfully crystallized his marketing campaign’s most potent argument in opposition to Trump heading into the backstretch of a presidential race that has to this point been outlined by Trump’s failure to stem the tide of coronavirus.
It is a significant component in Biden’s important lead over Trump in nationwide polls proper now of almost 10 points, in line with the Real Clear Politics polling common.
Biden dismissed his lead, saying, “I know the polling data is very good, but I think it’s really early. It’s much too early to make any judgment. I think we’ve got a whole lot more work to do.”
Biden additionally confirmed that he is not going to be holding marketing campaign rallies, saying, “I’m going to follow the doc’s orders, not just for me, but for the country. And that means that I am not going to be holding rallies … as soon as I finish this, I’ll put my mask back on.”
The feedback drew one other distinction between Biden’s plans over the approaching months and the president’s reelection marketing campaign, which earlier Tuesday stated on a name with reporters that Trump could be very a lot trying ahead to future marketing campaign rallies.
Asked about future rally plans, nevertheless, Trump’s marketing campaign declined to announce the dates or places of any upcoming rallies.