Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made a campaign stop in Toledo, Ohio, on Monday, Oct. 12, but his small-crowd rally seemed to be overwhelmed by a group of President Donald Trump supporters who chanted “Trump!” and “Four more years!” from outside the venue.
A video shows that Biden delivered a speech in front of several people and a number of cars, while President Trump supporters gathered and shouted from an adjacent street corner.
According to The Associated Press, the former vice president was addressing the United Auto Workers in a parking lot with about 30 American-made cars and trucks arrayed nearby.
During his 25-minute speech, Biden struck a decidedly populist note, praising unions and arguing that he represented working-class values while accusing President Trump of betraying union workers.
“He turned his back on you,” Biden said of the president. “I promise you, I will never do that.”
Biden claimed that President Trump has mishandled the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic, exacerbating the resulting economic fallout. He also pledged to create new, high-paying union jobs once the country gets the pandemic under control.
Seizing on President Trump’s CCP Virus diagnosis, Biden said that the president’s “reckless personal conduct since his diagnosis” has been “unconscionable.”
Biden’s Monday event was also hit by an embarrassing moment when the 77-year-old Democratic nominee stated that he was running for the Senate before saying he was actually running for the White House.
“We have to come together, that’s why I’m running as a proud Democrat for the Senate,” Biden said at one point.
In a contrary picture, a big crowd attended President Trump’s rally in Sanford, Florida, on Monday night, the president’s first trip outside Washington since his virus diagnosis.
Speaking for an hour in front of a packed outdoor rally, President Trump said he feels “powerful” now after treatment for the CCP Virus.
“I don’t have to be locked up in my basement and I wouldn’t allow that to happen anyway,” Trump told supporters at Orlando Sanford International Airport.
“I just feel so powerful. I’ll walk into that audience. I’ll walk in there, I’ll kiss everyone in that audience,” he said.
The president used the campaign event to attack Biden, the “Washington establishment,” and criticize the media for falsely covering his illness. He also talked up the stock market and Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2020