Joe Biden said he was concerned about President Trump’s “insurgency” speech after President Trump threatened to invoke the Insurrection Act to quell protests against racial injustice across the country.
“What’s troubling is the way he talks about ‘insurgency’ and about people taking up arms. Have you ever heard a Democratic president of the United States speak like this?” Biden said during an interview with José Díaz Balart of Telemundo.
Trump in June controversially threatened to use the Insurrection Act to send military to cities that don’t control the riots.
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In the interview with Telemundo, Biden said “I take nothing for granted” about his chances of winning the Hispanic vote. “I will work really hard for every vote.”
Biden told reporters on his way to Florida this week that his mission in the state would be to woo Spanish-speaking voters.
“I’ll talk about how I’ll work like the devil to make sure I turn every Latin and Hispanic vote,” Biden said when reporters asked him what his message would be in the country’s biggest traditional general election battle state.
Polls in Florida have tightened to a virtual bond between Biden and President Trump as Biden plans his trip to the Sunshine State. Recent polls have indicated that Biden is performing lower than Latin voters amid a series of negative headlines regarding his contact with Spanish-speaking voters in the state.
When asked about his Hispanic voter poll numbers, Biden said they were “much higher than [Trump’s]. But they have to go higher. “
A month ago, Biden had a four-point lead over the president in an average of the latest state polls compiled by Real Clear Politics. It has now dropped to 1.6 points.
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And among likely Latin voters in Florida, recent polls by NBC News / Marist and Quinnipiac University indicate that the president has a slight edge over Biden. (A Florida Monmouth University poll released Tuesday indicated Biden with a big lead over Trump among Latin voters.) This is a significant change from four years ago, when 2016 Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton crushed Trump by more than 25 points among Florida Latin voters, according to exit polls. Exit polls indicated that Latins represented 19% of the state electorate.
But Trump held on to the state, winning Florida’s 29 precious electoral votes, helping it take over the White House.
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Jennifer Molina, Biden’s campaign director of Latin awareness, stressed that “the Hispanic vote will be a deciding factor and we do not take it for granted”.
Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.