On Tuesday at a campaign rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump argued that American politics would be “boring” if voters elect Democrat Joe Biden.
“This is an election between a Trump super recovery and a Biden depression,” Trump told attendants of the rally. “You will have a depression the likes of which you have never seen. If you want a depression, doom and despair, vote for Sleepy Joe,” he said. “Sleepy Joe” is nickname for Biden that Trump coined to suggest that Biden is not physically or mentally fit for the role of president.
On Tuesday, he gave Biden a new nickname: “Gonzo Joe.”
The majority of the rally was spent by Trump attacking Biden. Their final debate before the November 3 election will take place on Thursday. The second debate, which was supposed to be last week in Miami, was canceled after Trump refused to participate in a virtual debate.
At one point in the rally, Trump’s mic cut out. He turned the blame on his 2016 Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
“I wonder who did that to our mic,” Trump said to the crowd. “I don’t believe it was Joe. You know who it was, Crooked Hillary. I think it was probably Crooked Hillary,” he exclaimed, using another famous nickname he’s created for an opponent, referring to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Trump also tweeted he would be sharing a segment of a disastrous interview with CBS News’ 60 Minutes. He walked out during the middle of the interview, and did not return.
“I am pleased to inform you that, for the sake of accuracy in reporting, I am considering posting my interview with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes, PRIOR TO AIRTIME!” he wrote Tuesday. “This will be done so that everybody can get a glimpse of what a FAKE and BIASED interview is all about. Everyone should compare this terrible Electoral Intrusion with the recent interviews of Sleepy Joe Biden!”
He also encouraged attendants of the rally to watch the interview, saying they would “get a kick out of it.”
Trump arrived in Pennsylvania undoubtedly to push for the battleground state’s votes; in 2016, he won the state by 48.2%, with only a 0.7% margin between himself and Clinton.
However, he blamed his rally on the coronavirus, and said that “four or five moths ago… before the plague came in…I wasn’t coming to Erie.”
“There was no way I was coming – I didn’t have to,” Trump said in a candid moment. “We had this thing. We were so far up, we had the greatest economy ever, greatest jobs, greatest everything. And then we got hit with the plague.”
He urged voters to reelect him, saying “if we win Pennsylvania, we win the whole thing.”
Pennsylvania comes behind only Florida as one of the top the battleground state with the largest number of Electoral College votes (Pennsylvania holds 20 votes, and Florida holds 29).