President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden took rhetorical swipes at each and every other on Monday as the presidential crusade entered its traditional homestretch on the United States Labor Day holiday.
Trump described Biden, whom he trails in national polls, as a threat to the economy and “dull,” while Biden took aim at Trump’s reported disparaging of fallen troops.
At a White House news convention, Trump said: “Biden and his very liberal running mate (Kamala Harris), the most liberal person in Congress by the way – isn’t a competent person in my opinion, would destroy this country and would destroy this economy.”
He also known as Biden “dull.” Trump has continuously referred to the former vice president as “Sleepy Joe.”
Trump pushed back again against a outline in The Atlantic that he had referred to fallen US soldiers as “suckers” and “losers,” calling it “a hoax.” The story has dominated news coverage for days and threatens Trump’s reinforce among veterans and military members, a key voting bloc.
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“There’s nobody that has more respect for not only our military, but for those that gave their lives in the military,” Trump said.
Biden cited the reported remarks while campaigning in the electoral battleground state of Pennsylvania.
Referring to his son Beau Biden, who served in Iraq as a member of the Delaware National Guard and died of mind cancer in 2015, he said: “Beau was once wasn’t a loser or a sucker. … He served with heroes.”
Biden’s visit to Pennsylvania on Monday kicked off a flurry of shuttle to battleground states this week by both Biden and Trump as some opinion polls show the race tightening with less than 60 days to go until the Nov. 3 election.
With the coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest over racism and police brutality commanding attention in recent months, Biden is looking for to deal with his edge by portray the Republican president as an ineffectual leader who thrives on chaos and has left the working class at the back of.
Trump has struggled to change the contours of the crusade despite highly charged rhetoric on racial polarization and “law and order” intended to motivate his base and draw new supporters in suburban parts of key swing states, such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Biden met with union leaders in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania capital, and spoke practically with the leader of the largest federation of US labor unions, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. He also took questions from union workers and met earlier in the day with union members who served in the United States military.
Biden’s crusade also announced the endorsements of three unions: the Laborers’ International Union of North The us, the International Union of Elevator Constructors and the National Federation of Federal Employees.
Biden promised to be the “strongest labor president” in the history of the country, vowing to hold executives legally accountable whether they interfere with union organizing, and to bring the minimum wage and make stronger the National Labor Relations Board.
“Folks have figured out that it’s not the financial wizards of Wall Road that make this country run. It’s you, the fundamental workers,” Biden said all the way through the virtual event with Trumka.
Trump said that whether Biden were elected, the Democrat would mandate another economic shutdown to handle the coronavirus pandemic.
“Biden’s plan for the China virus is to close down all the US economy,” Trump said. “He’d be laying off tens of millions of workers and causing countless deaths from suicide, substance abuse, depression, heart disease and other very serious illnesses.”
Trump plans to visit North Carolina, Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania later in the week, all regarded as the most important to both candidates’ chances of victory.
Polls in Pennsylvania, which Trump won narrowly in 2016, have consistently put Biden in the lead, but averages show that margin narrowing to kind of 4 to 5 percentage points, down from approximately 8 points in late June. Biden is scheduled to be back in Pennsylvania on Friday.