Trump insults Biden, predicts reelection in New Hampshire rally

Trump insults Biden, predicts reelection in New Hampshire rally
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A cardboard cutout of US President Donald Trump stands next to the TV showing his acceptance speech for the Republican Party nomination for reelection during the final day of the Republican National Convention in the office of San Diego County's Republican Party in Rancho Bernardo, California on August 27, 2020. (AFP / ARIANA Drehsler)
Trump insults Biden, predicts reelection in New Hampshire rally
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Demonstrators march outside the White House during a rally to protest US President Donald Trump's acceptance of the Republican National Convention nomination at Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House on August 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. (AFP / Jose Luis Magana)
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Updated 29 August 2020

Trump insults Biden, predicts reelection in New Hampshire rally

Trump insults Biden, predicts reelection in New Hampshire rally
  • Calls Biden "low IQ"; also falsely claims that Biden, a lifelong Catholic, is “against God”
  • Blames news channels CNN and MSNBC for widespread racial hatred

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire: US President Donald Trump on Friday insulted his Democratic challenger Joe Biden as “low-IQ” and barely conscious in a New Hampshire speech reinforcing his strategy of painting himself as the defender of the country against socialist mayhem.
The speech, filled with hyperbolic and inaccurate descriptions of life under the Democrats, followed Trump’s White House address to the Republican convention late Thursday where he warned that “no one will be safe in Biden’s America.”
Trump told the crowd assembled at the airport in Manchester, New Hampshire, that he was sure of victory on November 3.
“Does anyone have any doubt?” he asked to a chorus of support.
“I will have lost to a low-IQ individual. I don’t want that. ‘Sleepy Joe,’ I don’t want it,” Trump said of the former vice president and longtime senator. “The guy doesn’t know he’s alive.”
Much as he did Thursday at the White House, Trump claimed to be singlehandedly protecting the country from Democratic anarchists.
And he again said that the coronavirus, which has killed more than 180,000 Americans already, was under control.
“Hopefully we’re at the end,” he said.
The difference in New Hampshire, where he hosted a scaled-down version of his trademark pre-coronavirus rallies, was that Trump was able to cut free with ad-libs and even more personal attacks on his rival.




Demonstrators march outside the White House during a rally to protest US President Donald Trump's acceptance of the Republican National Convention nomination at Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House on August 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. (AFP / Jose Luis Magana)

“We are all that stand between the American people and the left wing mob,” he said. “If you want to save democracy from the mob, then you must vote to defeat an extremely poor candidate.”
To cheers and laughter, Trump, 74, described 77-year-old Biden as “weak” and “the worst candidate ever put up by the Democratic party.”
As he has before, Trump claimed falsely that Biden, a lifelong Catholic, is “against God.”

Blaming news channels
Trump is bidding to make what he calls “law and order” the central plank of his reelection campaign just as tensions over race and police brutality spiral around the country.
After flaring all summer, a shooting by a white police officer of an African-American man in Kenosha, Wisconsin, sparked another wave of anger, with demonstrations and at times rioting and looting dominating television screens for days.
On Friday, tens of thousands of people flooded Washington, DC, to protest that shooting and other instances of racial injustice, as well as to mark the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s historic 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech.
Trump acknowledged “there’s so much racial hatred” but blamed this on the news channels CNN and MSNBC.
“They stoke the flames and they know it,” he said.
The phrase reversed Biden’s accusation that Trump is the one “rooting for the violence” and “pouring gasoline on the fire” for his political benefit.

Heavy baggage
Trump goes into the election carrying a staggering amount of baggage for an incumbent.
He is only the third US president to have been impeached. A string of close associates have been charged or jailed.
He has been dogged throughout his first term by allegations of racism and corruption. And polls show about two-thirds of Americans say his management of the Covid-19 pandemic is a failure.
But the summer of unrest has thrown the president a lifeline, as he stirs up his white, working class base, while trying to lure worried independents.
New Hampshire is a state he narrowly lost in 2016 and now thinks he can add to the win column in what will likely be a tight contest in the electoral college on November 3.
In his speech, he lobbed repeated rhetorical bombs at Democrats, saying they want “to eliminate America’s borders” and plan a “suicide mission” through tax increases.
“You better vote for me or you’ll have the greatest depression you’ve ever seen,” he said.

Biggest spreader of coronavirus
Until now, Biden has largely campaigned online from home.
What began as a decision to adhere to coronavirus safety measures turned into a broader plan to keep a low profile while Trump committed frequent unforced errors.
But with the president stepping up, Biden is finally “coming out of the basement,” as his opponents mockingly say.
Biden announced Thursday he’d soon be hitting the trail, with a focus on swing states where the election will ultimately be decided, including Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Wisconsin.
He attacked Trump Friday for staging his White House speech before an audience that did not practice social distancing and was largely free of masks to protect others from the coronavirus.
“Mr President, Americans are canceling weddings and holding funerals without family. They’re sacrificing so more Americans don’t have to die,” Biden tweeted.
“But instead of leading by example, you hosted a super spreader event on the South Lawn. When will you take the presidency seriously?“


LIVE: Donald Trump leaves White House ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania make their way to board Marine One before departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on January 20, 2021. (AFP)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania make their way to board Marine One before departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on January 20, 2021. (AFP)
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LIVE: Donald Trump leaves White House ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania make their way to board Marine One before departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on January 20, 2021. (AFP)
  • Joe Biden will be sworn in later on Wednesday afternoon
  • Ceremony will take place amid heightened tensions and a massive security operatio

LONDON: The US is braced for one of the highest profile handovers of the presidency in its history. Donald Trump left the White House on Wednesday with First Lady Melania, before attending a military send-off at Joint Base Andrews.

Joe Biden will be sworn in at 5 p.m. GMT (8 p.m. KSA) and take the oath of office alongside Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

The ceremony will take place amid heightened tensions and a massive security operation after a deadly riot at the US Capitol earlier this month.

Follow live updates of the inauguration below (all times GMT):

14:00 - Trump said he will be “back in some form” before boarding Air Force One for Florida.

“This has been an incredible four years,” Trump said in brief remarks to staff, supporters and members of his family gathered at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington. “We've accomplished so much together, I will always fight for you. We will be back in some form.”

Trump did not address Biden by name but said he wishs the new administration “great luck and great success.”

13:30 - Trump makes his final speech as President of the United States, saying it had been the greatest honor of his life. Watch it below: