Video: Trump tells US voters Biden 'is your worst nightmare'
US President used his speech near Biden's Pennsylvania birthplace to overshadow his rival's Democratic nomination.
President Donald Trump told voters near his opponent Joe Biden's Pennsylvania birthplace on Thursday that the Democrat has sold out American workers and would be a "nightmare" if he got into power.
Biden is "your worst nightmare," Trump told the crowd in an extraordinarily dark speech in Old Forge, just down the road from Biden's old hometown of Scranton, in the heart of the key election battleground state.
President @realDonaldTrump: If you want a vision of your life under Joe Biden, imagine the smoldering ruins of Minneapolis, the violent anarchy of Portland and the bloodstained sidewalks of Chicago coming to every city and town in America pic.twitter.com/Wcmfw2CQIN- Team Trump (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TeamTrump) August 20, 2020
"He spent the last half century in Washington selling out our country and ripping off our jobs and letting other countries steal our jobs," Trump said hours before Biden was to address the nation and accept the Democratic nomination for the White House.
Trump used his speech to snatch the limelight on Biden's big day, blasting the Democrat as someone who would raise taxes, open borders to "let in violent mobs" and abandon American workers.
Indicating the flavour of his re-election campaign in the next two and a half months, Trump claimed that recent crime spikes in big cities and sometimes violent protests against police abuses would engulf the country under Biden.
"If you want a vision of your life under a Biden presidency, think of the smouldering ruins in Minneapolis, the violent anarchy of Portland, the blood-stained sidewalks of Chicago, and imagine the mayhem coming to your town," he said.
Trump referenced everything from his walling off of part of the Mexican border to military funding and what he claimed was greater international respect for the United States.
Often, his speech veered into less standard territory, describing the Democrats as something like out of dystopian novel.
They "turn your family against you for speaking your mind while they indoctrinate your children with twisted, twisted world views," he said at one point.
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!pic.twitter.com/ZcvCqqitui- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2020
"They're coming to get you," he said.
"Me, we, we're the wall between the American dream and total insanity and destruction of the greatest country in the history of the world."
Biden, who moved to Delaware when he was young, will accept the presidential nomination on Thursday night, closing out a four-day virtual Democratic National Convention where speakers have argued that he can unite the country after four years of Trump's divisive leadership.
Biden typically beats Trump in national polls on who could better handle the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 170,000 Americans. Trump routinely bests him on managing the economy, however.
Describing Biden as "no friend of Pennsylvania," Trump doubled down on policies supported by Biden that he claimed hurt the people of Pennsylvania, highlighting his own successes reversing them.
"Biden supported every single bogus attack on Pennsylvania workers," Trump said. He cited the North America Free Trade Agreement, which Trump revamped as well as China's entry into the World Trade Organization, which supercharged its economic rise, and the "ridiculous" Paris climate accord, which the Trump administration abandoned.
He also accused Biden of seeking to "outlaw" American oil, coal and natural gas and to open US borders during a pandemic.
President @realDonaldTrump in #Pennsylvania: Joe Biden has pledged to hike taxes on Americans by $4 trillion, eviscerate the Second Amendment, expand sanctuary cities, and end fossil fuels pic.twitter.com/SK3Jq6Dem6- Team Trump (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TeamTrump) August 20, 2020
The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But politics Professor Terry Madonna at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, said Trump risked alienating Scranton voters by being too hard on their native son and would be better served by sticking to the issues.
The Pennsylvania speech caps a week of appearances in the Midwest and Southwest by Trump to counter the convention, which has included speeches from some prominent disaffected Republicans, ahead of the Republican National Convention next week.
On Thursday, Trump sought to play up fears that Biden, a moderate, would be swayed by more extreme members of his party.
"Joe Biden is a puppet of the radical left movement that seeks to destroy the American way of life," he said.
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