Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden proclaimed that “America is dead because COVID-19” at a socially distanced drive-in campaign rally at the Iowa State Fair Grounds in Des Moines on Friday, Oct. 30. 

Biden warned that American will face a “dark winter” during the final presidential debate. He reiterated the message on Friday.

“I think it’s up to thirty thousand people have died. America is dead because COVID-19 [CCP virus],” Biden said. “Nearly one thousand seven hundred dead right here in Iowa.”

Biden also took aim at President Donald Trump’s efforts to combat the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic, claiming that the president has “surrendered to the virus.” 

The former vice president has repeatedly and mistakenly said millions of Americans have died from the virus instead of thousands. In September, Biden claimed that 60 percent of the U.S. population would be wiped out because of the CCP Virus.

“If Donald Trump has his way,” Biden said, “the complications from COVID-19, which are well beyond what they should be, it’s estimated that 200 million people would’ve died probably by the time I finish this talk.”

Biden’s Friday comments come on the heels of the U.S. economy report that showed a record pace in the third quarter amid the pandemic. 

Third-quarter gross domestic product expanded at a 33.1 percent annualized pace, according to the Commerce Department. 

Biden downplayed the good news, saying, “GDP rose last quarter, but visits to food banks haven’t slowed, and poverty has grown. We’re on track for the worst economic downturn in over 70 years, and Donald Trump is on track to be the first president since Herbert Hoover to leave office with less jobs than when he came in.”

By contrast, President Trump has embraced a plan of opening up the country and pledged 2021’s GDP number will be “FANTASTIC.”