Am penultimate weekend before the American presidential election tighten incumbents Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden their battle for votes in key areas. The last Trump in polls gave three campaign speeches in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin on Saturday. Biden performed twice in Pennsylvania. These states could determine the outcome of the November 3rd election. Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff has tested positive for the coronavirus and is in quarantine. Pence still wants to continue with his campaign appearances.
Overall, the final spurt of the American election campaign will be marked by a steep rise in Corona cases accompanied. A record was set with almost 89,000 new infections in one day. More than 900 Americans died, the total death toll surpassing 224,000. Trump, who many voters in polls do not trust to master the corona crisis, consistently downplayed the pandemic in the face of the poor numbers.
“I had it, here I am,” announced Trump, alluding to his Covid-19 illness at one of the campaign appearances. “And now they say that I’m immune.” Trump had been treated with an antibody drug that was still experimental, which he called a “cure”. At each of the appearances, he also said that his 14-year-old son Barron had been declared healthy again by the doctors shortly after the positive test. In the three speeches, Trump gave three variants of how quickly it went: after 15 seconds, after 15 minutes and the next day.
More testing and the media are to blame
Trump attributed the rise in corona infections in the country to the fact that more tests were carried out than before. “If we were to test half as much, the number would be half as high.” In general, there is constant talk of the virus in the media. “If you turn on the television:” Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid “, complained the President.
“A plane crashes, 500 people are dead, they don’t talk about it. “Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid.” “After the presidential election you won’t hear about it anymore because the media just wanted to scare people now, Trump claimed. Thousands of supporters were crowded together at his performances, many of them not wearing masks.
Celebrities promote Biden
Biden Trump repeatedly accused of failure in the corona crisis that cost the lives of Americans. He called on people to wear masks. “It will be a dark winter if we don’t change our behavior,” he said. “And all because the president is more concerned about the stock market than about you,” Biden said to the voters.
Unlike Trump, Biden spoke to people who came to the election campaign events with their vehicles like in a drive-in cinema. They expressed their agreement with a concert of horns. At one of the performances there was Rockstar Jon Bon Jovi a mini concert. A new commercial for Biden, which premiered on Saturday, was voiced by Hollywood actor Brad Pitt.
Ex-President Barack Obama, whose Vice Biden was once, also did Election campaign for him in Florida. Obama was also tough on Trump’s crisis management in the pandemic: “He doesn’t even acknowledge that there is a problem.”
Long queues outside polling stations for early voting
On Saturday morning, Trump made use of the opportunity to cast his vote early in the presidential election. Trump went to a polling station in a library in West Palm Beach, Florida. “I voted for a guy named Trump,” he said afterwards on the television cameras. He emphasized once again that voting in person is safer than voting by post. Florida, where Trump has been officially resident for over a year, is one of the states that have their residents vote before the official election date.
So far, more than 50 million people have cast their votes in polling stations or by letter. In the 2016 presidential election, almost 139 million Americans voted. In view of the corona crisis, more people than usual are using the opportunity to vote early. After there have been concerns in recent months that ballot papers sent by letter might not arrive on time, many people have to wait hours to vote in person – for example in New York, where polling stations opened for early votes on Saturday.
Trump has been claiming for months that with mass ballots sent by post, the risk of election fraud increases dramatically. Experts and electoral authorities emphasize that there is no evidence for this. The Democrats warn against an attempt by the Republican president to sow doubts about the election result.
In the presidential election four years ago, a good 47 million American citizens took the opportunity to vote early. This time, according to data from the US Elections Project by political scientist Michael McDonald of the University of Florida, it was already almost 57.5 million. Of them, almost 18 million would have voted personally and around 39.5 million by letter.