Trump news – live: President says election will decide if pandemic ends and Biden will take ‘big shot’ before debate

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Trump news - live: President says election will decide if pandemic ends and Biden will take ‘big shot’ before debate

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Donald Trump has claimed that November’s presidential election will decide “whether we end the pandemic”, with the US coronavirus death toll surpassing 2000,000 on his watch, as he claimed his DC rivals are holding up progress on a vaccine.

Speaking at a rally in Jacksonville, Florida, on Thursday evening, Trump claimed he was the victim of a “political hit” on the issue, accusing the US Food and Drug Administration of deliberately making approval standards more stringent for drug companies in order to delay the release of a Covid-19 vaccine until after Election Day.  

The president also alleged that Joe Biden, his Democratic rival, would be given “a big shot of something” before next week’s first televised election debate in Cleveland, Ohio, also mocking his low-key campaigning style. 

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Trump defends Supreme Court nomination in rambling address

“If it was them instead of us, do you think they would do it? I think so,” the president asked the Florida crowd yesterday, referring to the Republican rush to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a conservative substitute before Election Day in defiance of the Notorious RBG’s dying wish and all precedent.

Trump’s insistence that the 3 November ballot will be corrupted by mail fraud is his current rationale for pushing ahead with the move, insisting a complete bench of nine justices is needed to rule on the outcome.

He went on to again glory in the police assault on MSNBC reporter Ali Velshi in Minneapolis earlier this summer and again lie about winning the non-existent Michigan Man of the Year award.

He also bragged darkly about the unprecedented power of the arsenal at his fingertips…  

…and to again push his plans for a “patriotic education” programme for schools, likened by some to the indoctrination of the Hitler Youth under the Third Reich.

Joe Sommerlad25 September 2020 09:19

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President alleges Joe Biden will ‘take big shot of something’ before their first debate

Trump also alleged that Joe Biden, his Democratic rival, would be given “a big shot of something” before next week’s first televised election debate in Cleveland, Ohio, also mocking his low-key campaigning style after the 77-year-old took a day off the campaign trail on Thursday to prepare. 

“Biden’s plan will crush Florida, my plan will crush the virus,” Trump blustered.

Yesterday, this man claimed the debate moderator, Fox’s Chris Wallace,  was “controlled by the radical left”, an absurd lie that, taken with this Biden allegation, reveals how far he is prepared to go to make excuses should he humiliate himself at the podium by claiming the Q&A was rigged.

Joe Sommerlad25 September 2020 09:11

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Trump says election result will determine ‘whether pandemic ends’, claiming FDA delaying coronavirus vaccine in ‘political hit’

Donald Trump has claimed that November’s presidential election will decide “whether we end the pandemic”, with the US coronavirus death toll surpassing 2000,000 on his watch, as he claimed his DC rivals are holding up progress on a vaccine.

Speaking at a rally in Jacksonville, Florida, on Thursday evening, Trump claimed he was the victim of a “political hit” on the issue, accusing the US Food and Drug Administration of deliberately making approval standards more stringent for drug companies in order to delay the release of a Covid-19 vaccine until after Election Day.  

Here’s more from Alex Woodward.

Joe Sommerlad25 September 2020 09:02

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Gino Spocchia25 September 2020 08:37

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