Five weeks into election day, two days after the first presidential candidates debate, and moments after the New York Times released Donald Trump’s tax bombshell revelations, the US president targeted his Democratic opponent Joe. Biden with a series of savage and unsubstantiated accusations.
In an unfocused White House briefing, the president reported baseless allegations, including that his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, had used “performance enhancing drugs”
Trump compared Biden’s performance in primary debates, including, according to the president, that he was stronger in some debates than others: “People say he was on performance-enhancing drugs. Many people have said that,” he said. Trump, without evidence. When challenged, Trump told reporters to “look on the Internet” to see who was saying it. .
“I will forcefully call for a Sleepy Joe Biden drug test before or after Tuesday night’s debate,” Trump later wrote on Twitter.
I will strongly ask for a Sleepy Joe Biden drug test before or after Tuesday night’s debate. Of course I will agree to take one too. His Debate performances have been UNEVEN records, to put it mildly. Only the drugs could have caused this discrepancy ???
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2020
The president also accused Biden’s son Hunter of corruption and speculated on non-existent democratic policies of open and unattended borders. In a familiar refrain, he painted a dystopian view of life under a democratic administration.
“They will destroy the American dream. They will destroy America … your private right to own a firearm will be totally eliminated, your weapons will be confiscated, your ability to live by your religious faith will be devastated, they will abolish the borders of America and provide assistance health care to illegal aliens who will destroy our health system. “
Trump condemned criticism of her choice for the Supreme Court – Catholic judge Amy Coney Barrett – as “fighting Catholicism”, and argued that he was upholding her “presidential obligation” by appointing her to fill the post vacated by Ruth’s death. Bader Ginsburg. He predicted that Barrett’s appointment “will go quickly”.
Trump also revisited his favorite tropes: the “lamestream media”; the failures of Obamacare; and allegations of widespread election fraud.
There were few facts to support his claims.
The latest New York Times revelation that Trump only paid $ 750 in taxes the year he won the presidency and no taxes in 10 of the past 15 years because he lost more money than he earned was rejected: “It’s fake news. Totally fake news. Made up,” Trump said.
Trump reportedly did little in the way of formal preparation for this week’s debate against Biden, though he said on Sunday that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his former 2016 primary rival Chris Christie were been enlisted to help him.
“We had a little debate before we came here,” Trump said as Christie and Giuliani watched from the press conference room. “What I do is prepare the debate, every day.”
Biden, on the contrary, has spent months honing his lines of attack on the debate and preparing to aggressively repel Trump’s attacks on him.
Biden’s campaign held mock debate sessions with Bob Bauer, a senior adviser to Biden and former White House general counsel, who plays the role of Trump, a source with direct knowledge of the preparations told AP on condition of anonymity.
The early debates, historically, are by far the most impactful, and Tuesday night in the swing state of Ohio could be key to determining Trump’s chances of regaining Biden’s stubbornly consistent lead in the polls.
The 90-minute event, moderated by Fox News host Chris Wallace, is the first of three scheduled presidential debates.
Vice President Mike Pence and California Senator Kamala Harris, Biden’s vice president, will discuss in October.