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Trump promises pandemic will end soon after Biden blasts his handling of crisis

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By Steve Holland and Trevor Hunnicutt

President Donald Trump on Friday promised supporters at a rally in Florida that the coronavirus pandemic would end soon and accused Democratic rival Joe Biden of overstating the health crisis to scare Americans into voting for him.

The pandemic, which has killed more than 223,000 people in the United States and cost millions more their jobs, has become the dominant issue of the campaign, with Trump on the defensive over his administration's handling of the crisis.

Biden earlier in the day said Trump had given up on containing the virus and promised if he wins the Nov. 3 election that he will ask Congress to pass a comprehensive COVID-19 bill which he would sign within the first 10 days of taking office.

"He's quit on America. He just wants us to grow numb," Biden said during a speech in his home city of Wilmington, Delaware."I'm not going to shut down the economy. I'm not going to shut down the country. I'm going to shut down the virus."

Trump, at the first of two rallies planned on Friday in the battleground state of Florida, mocked Biden for saying in Thursday night's presidential debate that the United States was entering a "dark winter."

He said the former vice president and his Democratic allies were trying to scare people by overstating the virus threat.

"We're going to quickly end this pandemic," Trump, who has played down the threat since it started, said in The Villages, a sprawling retirement community in central Florida. "Normal life will fully resume."

Researchers at the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation on Friday warned the virus could kill more than half a million people in the United States by the end of February 2021. Roughly 130,000 lives could be saved if everybody wore masks, according to the study.

With 11 days left until the election, more than 52 million Americans have already voted, a record-setting pace.

Michael McDonald of the University of Florida's Elections Project and other experts predict the election could set a modern turnout record, surpassing the 60% participation rate of recent presidential elections.

The surge of early voting points to both intense interest in the race and a population eager to avoid risking exposure in Election Day crowds to COVID-19. The massive early vote total gives the Republican Trump less leeway to change minds before voting concludes.

Opinion polls show him trailing Biden both nationally and, by a narrower margin, in several battleground states that will decide who sits in the White House on Jan 20, 2021.

Trump said those polls underestimated his support.

"I think we're leading in a lot of states you don't know about," he told reporters at the White House.

Both candidates have showered attention on Florida, a must-win state for Trump where a Reuters/Ipsos poll this week found Biden moving into a slight lead after being in a statistical tie a week earlier.

Former President Barack Obama, with whom Biden served as vice president for eight years, will campaign in Florida on Saturday.

Trump's campaign manager Bill Stepien said the race was tightening in Minnesota and said the campaign would buy more television advertising there. Opinion polls show Biden leading in the state.

Americans may have to wait days or weeks to know who won as election officials count tens of millions of mail-in votes.

The final debate with Biden on Thursday offered Trump a chance to reverse his fortunes, but analysts said it was unlikely to alter the race in any fundamental way. Preliminary estimates showed that fewer people watched the debate than their first debate in September.

Trump, speaking to thousands of people gathered on a grassy field in The Villages, said he expected to do up to five rallies a day through the last stretch of the race.

Democrats have cast roughly 5 million more votes than Republicans so far, though their margin has shrunk in recent days, according to TargetSmart, a Democratic analytics firm.

Democratic analysts say they are cheered by those numbers but caution that they expect a late surge of Republican votes on Election Day. Republican strategists say strong in-person turnout in Florida, North Carolina and Iowa gives them hope that Trump can win those battleground states again this year.

"It's really, really hard to compare this to anything," Democratic strategist Steve Schale told reporters. "Everything's up from 2016."

In Texas, a traditionally Republican state that has been growing more competitive, turnout has already reached 71 percent of the 2016 total, according to McDonald. It has reached 50 percent in three southern swing states: Georgia, North Carolina and Florida.

Election officials in battleground states like Pennsylvania are scrambling to minimize the possibility of a disputed outcome.

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Trump's ongoing bungling of the pandemic and the failed economy (for all but his fellow 'elite') that resulted from his inept leadership has caused more harm to the US than anything done by any modern politician. Maybe any politician ever.

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 He said that if he wins the election he will ask Congress to pass a comprehensive COVID-10 response legislation and send it to him to sign into law within the first 10 days he takes office.

Personally I would have targeted COVID-19, but it's better than nothing, I guess.

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Trump has defended his handling of the health crisis, saying the worst was over.

70,000 new infections yesterday. 829 deaths. 1224 the day before.

The worst is not over, not by a long way.

The virus didn't magically disappear.

It wasn't over by Easter.

There wasn't a vaccine by the end of October.

And "opening up" by gun wielding thugs only spread the virus.

And all along Trump new exactly how serious this was and he lied about it to the American people.

Thank goodness he is on his way out.

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But Americans are so tired of the fake news pandemic and all those idiots saying masks this, masks that. It’s just not fair! Can’t somebody just give them some good news for a change? Can’t we still dream a little dream!?

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Trump could not even protect his family, while they are most guarded people in the world, he could save himself or family from the ravage of the virus, oh Please

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Covid-10? Just a "senior moment" of no import. Biden's team will accomplish the task that the clueless Trump and his corrupt confederates weren't up to. Next year, after draining the swamp, "the Yanks are coming" with a real plan to kick Covid's *ss.

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lol Biden is going to send social workers to de-escalate the virus. In fact, he might even ask the medical staff to shoot the virus in its leg.

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Biden blasts his handling of crisis

As if Biden would have handled it any better. He wouldn't have restricted travel from China in January as Trump did.

Opinion polls show him trailing Biden both nationally

His rallies show him beating the pants off Biden's appearances.

Trump could not even protect his family

42 million people around the world have contracted the virus. Nobody protected them either. Jeez...

Thank goodness he ( Trump ) is on his way out.

He's going to win in a landslide.

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As if Biden would have handled it any better. He wouldn't have restricted travel from China in January as Trump did.

Still repeating that fake news?

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As if Biden would have handled it any better. He wouldn't have restricted travel from China in January as Trump did.

Still repeating that fake news?

You're saying Biden would have restricted travel from China in Jan.? After his whining about Trump the next day?

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"More than a half-million people in the US could die from the virus by the end of February, but around 130,000 of those lives could be saved if everybody were to wear masks, according to estimates from a modelling study. "

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You're saying Biden would have restricted travel from China in Jan.? After his whining about Trump the next day?

No. I’m saying there was no travel ban from China in January. Look it up.

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Biden can sweep out the governance issues but the nation will still be stuck with the stupids.

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Turning a corner and walking into oncoming traffic...

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Trump promises the pandemic will end soon.

Just like he promises he'll reveal his health plan in two week's time.

Or like how he promises he'll make public his tax returns.

Biden was right to laugh in his face in the debate this week when the child talked about his taxes.

Trump, you ain't going to Scotland or Moscow. It's jail time next year.

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You're saying Biden would have restricted travel from China in Jan.? After his whining about Trump the next day?

You were saying a few days ago he 'banned' travel. Now it was merely 'restricted'. What happened?

Researchers at the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation on Friday warned the virus could kill more than half a million people in the United States by the end of February 2021. Roughly 130,000 lives could be saved if everybody wore masks, according to the study.

It's well on track for that number. Maybe after that the bleach starts to help us turn the corner.

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It’s hard to believe anyone could still be stupid enough to believe the virus is just going away, when trump has been saying that since there were only cases in the teens, and it’s only gone up consistently since then.

Talk about delusion.

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President Donald Trump on Friday promised supporters at a rally in Florida that the coronavirus pandemic would end soon...

Doesn't sound like a very smart thing to promise.

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As if Biden would have handled it any better. He wouldn't have restricted travel from China in January as Trump did.

Biden also said, if need be, he would lock the country down again if the medical experts advise it. Not a lot of people are happy with that. It didn’t help at all

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Biden also said, if need be, he would lock the country down again if the medical experts advise it.

Literally in the article you are commenting on

"I'm not going to shut down the economy. I'm not going to shut down the country. I'm going to shut down the virus."

But he won't need to do any of that anyway, right? The corner has been turned and and the pandemic wil end soon accoring to Trump.

Trump has turned so many COVID corners he must feel like he is in some kind of infernal maze.

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President Donald Trump on Friday promised supporters at a rally in Florida that the coronavirus pandemic would end soon

Must be nice to spread lies to people who don't have the spine to challenge you.

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Serrano:. He's going to win in a landslide.

Remember your dozens and dozens of posts about Obama adding to the national debt? Trump will be close to adding more in 4 years than Obama in 8 years.

Guess it wasn't a big deal to you after all if you are still voting for Trump. What a waste of time your comments were.

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Trump promises pandemic will end soon after Biden blasts his handling of crisis

Trump promised that Mexico would pay for the wall, that he'd release his tax returns, that Hillary would be "locked up", that he sign a Trump health care plan in two weeks (on Jul 19th), and to be faithful to Ivana, Marla, Melania...

A Trump promise is as good as a share of Trump Airlines stock...or a diploma from Trump U...or a chip from the Trump Taj Mahal Atlantic City Casino and Resort....etc., etc.....

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Biden also said, if need be, he would lock the country down again if the medical experts advise it. Not a lot of people are happy with that. It didn’t help at all

Literally in the article you are commenting on

"I'm not going to shut down the economy. I'm not going to shut down the country. I'm going to shut down the virus."

Ouch...lol

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"I think we're leading in a lot of states you don't know about," (Trump) told reporters at the White House.

States we don't know about? Like where? Winnemac? Pennsyltucky? Calisota? LaLa Land?

We're going to quickly end this pandemic," Trump, who has played down the threat since it started, said in The Villages, a sprawling retirement community in central Florida.

So you've been saying. Again and again and again. But this time it's different, right?

Right...

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"Normal life will fully resume."

Back in April, wasn't it?

It's interesting, all the lies, posturing and empty promises that he thinks the electorate will just miraculously forget when they cast their votes.

He's done for. Politically and in regards to credibility. Although, it's debatable he ever possessed any of the latter, in the first place.

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If Daddy says it's all going to get better then we believe him, right?

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They should put Trump's Promises on toilet paper dispensers. That's about what Trump's promises are worth.

Abraham Lincoln?! Honest Abe my a$$!

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But he won't need to do any of that anyway, right?

Looking at the rising numbers and according to Dems preaching to the country non-stop we need to listen to the experts, Biden would close the country down, no one wants that, No One!

The corner has been turned and and the pandemic wil end soon accoring to Trump. 

More and more people are recovering, so we don’t need lockdowns anymore, but Biden wants it closed. Trump wants people to get back to work, I agree.

Trump has turned so many COVID corners he must feel like he is in some kind of infernal maze.

What?

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It's interesting, all the lies, posturing and empty promises

Biden has been that all of his political life and now we are learning he was far worse than previously thought and I thought Ted Kennedy was the worst.

that he thinks the electorate will just miraculously forget when they cast their votes.

Nope, they won’t forget especially when they look at the economy as well as the black community. 50 Cent and ICE Cube definitely think so.

He's done for.

No, polls are too close and when you’re the challenger, that’s not good.

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Biden would close the country down, no one wants that, No One!

Nobody said they want that, No One!

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The polls are not going to be accurate because the US has a lot of undercover racists and bigots. They will be too shy or in denial to admit the real reasons why they support trump. One of this countries underlying values is prejudice.

Add on top that trump is a criminal/con man who is desperate to win to avoid jail time and use his position to pay off his 400 million dollar debt from Russian oligarchs, he is openly trying to cheat to win with even more "deplorables" working behind the scenes.

I am not sure who will at this point despite many voters coming this election and many people who voted for trump the first time switching.

I do hope he loses!

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So where will Trump's next superspreader event be?

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More and more people are recovering, so we don’t need lockdowns anymore, but Biden wants it closed. Trump wants people to get back to work, I agree.

Lol, you should trademark that kind of logic!

The more people catch it, the more will recover. And die too of course.

Conservatives want the virus to go away but don’t want to do anything that would help it too. Even wearing a mask is too much for them.

But soon they will be gone (like the virus?)

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The polls are not going to be accurate because the US has a lot of undercover racists and bigots. They will be too shy or in denial to admit the real reasons why they support trump. One of this countries underlying values is prejudice.

A vote for Biden is a vote for the support of KKK, segregation and mass incarceration of African Americans and Numan voted for......drum roll.......

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Nope, they won’t forget especially when they look at the economy as well as the black community. 50 Cent and ICE Cube definitely think so.

Is that why Ice Cube announced he doesn’t support Trump?

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