PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – Joseph R. Biden Jr. drew his attention to older Americans on Tuesday, making a case in South Florida that President Trump saw seniors as “expendable” and that they were paying the price for the president’s poor handling. Coronavirus epidemic.
“The only senior who cares about Donald Trump – the only senior – is senior Donald Trump,” Mr. Biden said in a speech at a community center in Pembroke Pines, the vote-rich Democratic stronghold of Broward County.
The Old Ones are an important polling place in Florida, a haven for retirees, and they were an important part of Mr. Trump’s victorious coalition in the nation’s battlegrounds in 2016. But now gaining the support of seniors poses a serious threat to the presidential election bid, and Mr. Biden’s pitch on Tuesday was his maximum effort to stand with those voters.
The 77-year-old Mr. Biden, who wore a mask during his speech, made an unsurpassed critique of Mr. Trump’s handling of the nation’s months-long public health crisis and convinced the president of his behavior.
Mr. Biden said, “When I prayed for Kovid to get well for him, and I least expected him to come out of it.” “But what has he done? He doubled down on the misinformation already done. “
He said that Mr. Trump’s “careless personal conduct since his diagnosis is unconscious.”
Mr. Biden said, “Donald Trump is president, and he seems more careless.” “Thank God we have only three weeks left to go.”
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And he attended the Rose Garden ceremony held at the White House last month for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Connie Barrett. Some of those in attendance, including Mr. Trump, 74, and the first woman, Melania Trump, later tested positive for coronovirus.
“While he throws super-spreader parties at the White House, where Republicans hug each other without worrying about the outcome, how many of you have been unable to hug your grandchildren in the last seven months?” Mr. Biden asked.
He said in his speech that two of his grandchildren lived near his Delaware home, adding that he bribed them during socially perverted visits with Hagen-Days bars. “I didn’t hug them,” he said. “I can’t hug them. And I am most fortunate, because they are nearby. “
Mr. Trump also called on the older Americans on Tuesday, announcing at an evening rally near Johnstown, Pa., That “Biden’s agenda would be a catastrophe for seniors”, and that Mr. Biden “cared more than illegal aliens. They do, because he cares about your superior. Citizens. “
The President later handed over his own outreach to the superiors Tweet me He made fun of his rival’s age, accused of photographing people in a nursing home with Mr Biden’s head.
According to exit polls, Nationwide, Min. Trump scored voters age 65 and over in 2016 by seven percentage points and has not won any Democratic presidential nominee since 2000 in Al-Gore. But Mr. Biden looks quite strong. The situation with seniors was higher with older Americans in 2016 than in Hillary Clinton, both nationally and in Florida, where a win is crucial to Mr. Trump’s election opportunities.
In Florida, Mr. Trump won 65 of the voters and 17 points in the 2016 election. But recent voting by potential voters in the New York Times / Siena College Florida this time showed stiff competition within that age group, with 47 percent supporting Mr. Biden and 45 percent supporting Mr. Trump.
During his state visit on Tuesday, Mr. Biden also held a drive-in rally in Miramar, another city in Broward County, where his remarks repeatedly met with respect for car horns. “You can determine the outcome of this election,” he said. “We win Florida and it’s all over.”
Mr. Biden stressed the importance of voting. “You elected me and Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, and I’m asking again for your trust and support in 2020 for Kamala Harris and Joe Biden,” he said, “You are the American people and You will decide our future, not Trump. “
The trip was Mr. Biden’s third in Florida since becoming a Democratic candidate. He has stepped up his journey to the battlefields in recent weeks, and he is set to gain a high-profile backing on the campaign trail: Mr. Obama. A spokesman for Mr. Obama said on Tuesday that he would personally campaign for Mr. Biden, but did not say when or where.
Outside the community center, an elementary school and a duplex in Pembroke Pines are nestled on a tree-lined street between a half-dozen Biden supporters, many of them in their 60s, to try to get a glimpse of the candidate that afternoon. Were gathered in . They held up signs of Biden-Harris and wore campaign T-shirts, but most said they had never before stood under the blazing South Florida sun for stumping for a politician.
“I first donated money to a campaign that wore a Biden-Harris hat, buttons and masks, and said a sign, which he had made at home,” said 73-year-old Kathy Sale. “I hate that we are laughed at by the countries of the world.”
“If we want to maintain the nature of our democracy, we need Biden,” said Ms. Sell, a Democrat who said she had already voted in the mail.
“We need some peace out of this chaos,” Daisy Hensley, 68, agreed. “we are tired.”
Ms. Hensley is a Democrat, but said that her husband was a lifelong Republican, “and he returned to 100 percent.” The couple used to see their grandchildren between the ages of 12 and 10 every day. During the epidemic, Ms. Hensley said, she has only seen them from afar.
“It breaks our hearts,” he said. “All the grandparents – we suffer.”
Ana and Frank Butaric fled Communist-controlled countries for children – Cuba for them and Croatia for them – and said they were fed up with Mr. Trump’s efforts to portray Mr. Biden as a socialist.
Mr Butarik, 65, said he had not followed politics before, but thought he could no longer be “politically naive”. His mom is in her late 80s and her in-laws are in their late 90s and early 80s, and she worries about coronaires. “If they get it, they won’t survive it,” he said.
“It’s great that we can afford the best health care for him,” Mr. Butarik said of Mr. Trump, adding sarcastically, “I have a helicopter standing by to take me to the hospital is.”
Patricia Mazzi reported from Pembroke Pines and Thomas Kaplan reported from Washington.