PONTIAC, MI – Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris said President Donald Trump’s “biggest mass casualty incident since WWII” occurred during a campaign in Michigan to combat the coronovirus epidemic.
The California senator noted that nearly 225,000 deaths have been associated with COVID-19 since the first case surfaced in March, a figure that doubles the number of deaths in the First World War and is recorded from the Second World War. Half of the deaths. Harris said Trump was aware of the severity of the epidemic as early as January 28, but did not convey that information to the public until it was too late.
“He knew it could kill people. He knew that it could hurt young people. He knew it was Hawaii, and he sat in on that information and didn’t tell the American people,” Harris said said.
Harris organized an outdoor drive-in rally at UAW Local 654 in Pontiac Sunday. Mable Lynch saw Harris speaking from the safety of his car, stating that “my son may still be alive.”
Lynch’s son, a father of two, died at the age of 51 from COVID-19 in late March, leaving a “deep void” in his family. Lynch feels that the Trump administration has not claimed responsibility for the epidemic and is “playing with our lives.”
“I can’t even meet my friends who are here. I am so broken. I’m very hurt, “Lynch said. “I cannot even be a part of (this rally) because I have to go to my husband’s house, who would be so nervous that if he felt that I had reached all those people.”
Harris visited Michigan with nine days until the November 9 election, making a case for Democratic nominee Joe Biden at campaign stops in the South Zone, Detroit, Troy and Pontiac. The vice presidential candidate said that every Michigan voter, Of which over 2 million Having already cast a ballot, matters in the upcoming election.
He said, “All of you in Michigan will determine who will be the next President of the United States and the next Vice President.”
Lt.Gov.Girlin Gilchrist indicated that he carried on the Biden expedition to see the importance of coming to Pontiac. He said Sunday’s program is “a launching pad for a historic moment”.
Supporters in Pontiac were excited to see the presidential campaign spending time in their community. Auburn Hills resident Tamara Nelson, 62, said she hopes it will inspire younger voters to opt out in this election.
“Everyone moves to Detroit, but coming here is very important for Pontiac because we are often overlooked,” she said. “I think one thing will be different in this election, what will happen after that. I think the movement will still continue. People are so energetic and feel that it does not just start and stop with a protest, it continues. “
Livonia resident Hemant Shah said Biden’s campaign needs to work harder to meet voters in the suburbs north of Detroit. He described Harris as “a great fighter for women and the middle class”.
20-year-old Justin Jamerson, a West Bloomfield resident, has already cast his vote for Biden. The student at Central Michigan University said that the coronovirus canceled its plans to travel internationally and disrupted its academic year.
“He’s kind,” Jamerson said of Biden. He is not an immature child unlike Trump. I will have a leader who focuses on issues like coronovirus. “
“Representation matters” at the White House, said 42-year-old Detroit resident Ada Nicole Smith. Smith said Harris’ inclusion on the ticket has created panic among young women and black voters who may see themselves reflected in his candidacy.
“I think (Trump) has a basis, we know they are motivated,” Smith said. “But people are speaking. They did not win the popular vote last time, so I think some people have taken steps to educate themselves in electoral college and how it works. People did not understand that (for the last time). People are fed up and this is a chance for people to speak. “
Biden continues to lead in the October Michigan election. The former vice-president visited on 2 October and 16 October, continuing a steady program of surrogate visits this month.
Surveys such as Harris, Lizzo, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and former Democratic primary candidate Pete Batigiag have conducted events encouraging voters in Michigan to hold an early vote. He urged everyone that every vote can make a difference in a tight race.
Trump won Michigan by only 10,704 votes in 2016, the largest margin of any state in the country. Michigan Democrats cast 295,730 fewer votes for Hillary Clinton than in the previous presidential election, and Harris noted that Clinton defeated Michigan by an average of only two votes per contest.
Trump told reporters on Saturday that he was encouraged to vote for the only pollster Trafalgar group that correctly predicted the 2016 victory in Michigan. Trafalgar is alone again in the polls that found Trump in Michigan.
Republican National Committee President Rona McDaniel said she is not concerned about Biden’s gains in elections during an interview on Sunday.
He said, “Here we are looking at the ground: We have more excitement than the big ground game we had in 2016. The president has a winning message for the Mixiganders, especially with what he has given to the USMCA Also, reducing taxes and real policies that have made our lives better, ”she said.
When she landed in Detroit, Harris told reporters that Trump’s handling of the coronovirus was the “biggest failure” of any administration in American history. He sharply criticized White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows for saying “we are not going to control the epidemic” during a CNN interview Sunday.
“They’re accepting defeat, and I’ve been saying that and Joe Biden since the beginning,” Harris said.
COVID-19 cases are increasing nationwide, including Michigan. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has recorded an average increase of 7 days of new average cases in October, reaching 2,304 cases per day by October 24.
Since March 10, there have been 158,026 cases and 7,182 deaths related to the virus. The virus has killed more people in southeast Michigan than anywhere else in the state, causing 1,665 deaths in Detroit and 1,380 in Wayne County.
Trump plans to hold a rally at the Capital Region International Airport in Lansing on Tuesday. His past events have packed thousands of supporters in close proximity, many who do not wear masks or follow social distance guidelines.
McDaniel was in Lansing during a bus tour in Michigan on Sunday. McDaniel was diagnosed with COVID-19 in early October, but has since recovered.
McDaniel said her experience with the virus gave her her perspective on “incredibly contagious”. It defied the administration’s efforts to increase testing and develop a vaccine, which is not yet available.
McDaniel said that “most people are wearing masks” at presidential rallies, but also added that “there is personal accountability and people are making decisions based on their health and what conditions they are comfortable with.”
“Let’s remember the death toll is low,” McDaniel said. “It is an incredibly contagious virus and it is reverberating all over the world, we have never seen that happen. So it is indeed very sad that it is being politicized and a flawed game is being played, when we know that decisive action is to be taken on the President’s remaining life. “
According to John Hopkins, 2.6% of deaths have occurred in the US. A total of 224,889 deaths are attributed to the virus. Michigan has a statewide mortality rate of 4.5%.
MLive did not observe anyone without a mask at Harris’ Pontiac event, although several dozen supporters crowded in front of the stage and did not follow social distance recommendations. Most participants remained in their cars when questioned by loud speakers on the campaign.
According to the campaign Harris events in Detroit and Troy attracted 200 supporters and 120 supporters. There were about 90 vehicles at the drive-in rally in Pontiac.
Earlier in the day, Harris stayed during a Sunday service at Triumph Church in Southfield. He was introduced by Pastor Solomon Kinloch, who is the brother of the 13th Congressional District President of the Michigan Democratic Party.
More than two dozen people were housed inside the church, while others were watching the service from a livestream or from their cars as it was projected onto a screen installed in a nearby parking lot.
“I know this is usually not how we do church, but it’s a reminder, pastor, that faith always finds its way,” Harris said. “We always need God’s grace and being in church, whether it’s in our car or at home.”
Harris said she sees front-line workers who are full of strength while traveling the country. He said that people reject the notion that we cannot control this virus “and know that leaders should reduce pain and suffering during” moments of crisis. “
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