President Donald Trump is sweeping Florida, which is critical to his re-election prospects
TAMPA ̵1; President Donald Trump spends Friday as he passes through Florida, critical to his rethinking prospects and highlighted by two storms: one now brings daily death records from COVID-19, and the other spins just south in the form of Hurricane Isaiah. .
Trump made a campaign speech with Florida sheriffs who continued his ongoing efforts to stop the outbreak of crime in some of the country’s largest cities by his Democratic mayors as he threatened to send federal law enforcement to protect what he called besieged communities.
Speaking shortly after a federal appeals court rejected the death sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 due to possible jury bias, Trump attacked Democratic rival Joe Biden for changing his position on the death penalty. The former vice president, who has supported the death penalty for much of his long political career, last year called for the abolition of the death penalty at the federal level and to encourage states to do so.
“They protect criminals, and Biden opposes the death penalty, even for murderers of cops and child killers,” Trump told hundreds of supporters who testified that he heard him speak at a sheriff’s event at Trump’s Tampa International Airport. “I see in Boston, where you have an animal that killed so many people during the Boston Marathon, they just sent that death sentence back to the lower authorities. It’s ridiculous.”
With the White House and Democrats at the Lumberjack during a new round of financial aid to boost the coronavirus economy, Trump is trying to use law and order to electrify his base and defeat unresolved voters dissatisfied with more than two months of protests focused on police brutality and racial injustice. .
Before leaving for Washington, Trump again erroneously claimed that Biden’s rival, Biden, supported police protection.
He met at the White House with members of the National Association of Police Leaders, an organization that supported Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 but supported Trump’s re-election bid.
“It’s my choice or someone who has no idea what they’re doing,” Trump told them.
In Florida, Trump will also attend a meeting to review the response to COVID-19 and the state’s readiness for Hurricane Isaiah, which was concentrated in the Bahamas on Friday and is expected to move near South Florida on Saturday.
“It’s a pretty big storm,” Trump said, asking Florida residents to be careful. “I don’t know if it’s going to be a hurricane or not, but it’s a storm. It’s important.”
Florida saw a surge in COVID-19 cases and reported 253 new deaths from coronavirus on Thursday, the highest daily number to date and the third day of the record.
After these events, Trump will talk to supporters about the fundraiser, which is closed to journalists.
The state of Florida is considered important for the prospects of re-election of the president. He won the state with a level of 1.2% in 2016, but most polls show that he lags behind Biden.
Proponents of Biden’s Democrats in Florida have criticized Trump for coming to the state to raise funds at such a critical time for the state and the nation. Nowhere is the pandemic threatening Trump’s political future more than Florida, where Democrats oppose the President’s inability to control health threats in a state overcrowded with senior citizens.
“We have more cases than in some countries. It’s outrageous, and here he is, Donald Trump, visiting Florida to raise money and pretending he doesn’t even exist, that we have no problems, and that the storm is coming, our path will surpass it all, “said Democratic Sen. Annette Tadeo from Miami, a Biden supporter: “It’s as if 2020 can’t get worse for Florida.”
Democrats working to defeat Trump, on the one hand, boast about the president’s weak position in several public opinion polls, but on the other hand predict that the race will intensify significantly before election day.
While Trump may fight three months before election day, his campaign points to his organizational strengths and suggests that the prospects for a pandemic are improving. Trump has already set aside $ 36 million for the fall in advertising in Florida alone, which is certainly his largest advertising investment in any state of general election fighting.
Nick Coach, director of strategic combat strategy, predicted that the coronavirus situation would eventually be an advantage for Trump’s re-election.
“President Trump’s leadership on the coronavirus has put us in a strong position to protect vulnerable Americans and rebuild our economy,” he said. “Where we are today, not where we will be in November.”
People reported from New York. Associate press writers Darlene Superville, Alexandria Jaffe in Washington and Aamer Madhani in Chicago contributed to this report.