President Donald Trump assured supporters during a weekend rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin, that he’s fighting for the American middle class, while his opponent, Democratic nominee Joe Biden, is fighting for his family and son.
“I fight for the middle class. He’s actually fighting, I think, for Hunter. The Biden family and his cronies, what they’ve done is a disgrace,” the president said on Oct. 24, referring to Hunter Biden’s overseas business deals while his father was serving as vice president.
Biden’s campaign and the candidate himself have repeatedly denied that his family was involved in an influence-peddling scheme in several countries.
Trump held three large rallies in North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin on Oct. 24, while his challenger, the former vice president focused on the battleground state of Pennsylvania, where he held two drive-in campaign events.
During last week’s final debate, Trump cast himself again as the insurgent candidate upending the status quo of the Obama administration. He repeated a statement he made during the last debate that he ran because of former President Barack Obama’s and Biden’s policies during their two terms in office.
“I had a much easier life than this, I’ll be honest with you,” Trump said of his life before his run for president in 2016. “Thought this might’ve been a little easier. I didn’t know the swamp was that deep.”
“We’ve done a lot of these,” Trump said of his numerous campaign rallies over the weekend. “They say, ‘How do you do it?’ I say, ‘There’s a lot of love here. It’s easy when there’s a lot of love.'” He added: “I don’t mind doing it.”
In Ohio, the president said, “I wouldn’t have run, Joe, if you did a good job. I had a very nice life. I wouldn’t have run if you did a good job.”
During the rallies, he went after his opponent on economic issues, including Social Security, taxes, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden on Oct. 24 responded to Trump’s assertion that he wants to cut Social Security.
“If in fact [Trump] continues his plan to withhold the tax on Social Security, Social Security will be bankrupt by 2023 with no way to make up for it. This is the guy who’s tried to cut Medicare,” he added. “The idea that Donald Trump is lecturing me on Social Security and Medicare? Come on.”
In North Carolina, the president said he would help the United States lead an economic comeback in the midst of mass layoffs this year due to pandemic-related shutdowns.
“This election is a choice between a Trump super recovery and a Biden depression,” Trump said at the Robeson County Fairgrounds in Lumberton.
Meanwhile, Biden predicted a resurgence of the CCP virus and a resulting “dark winter.”
“It’s going to be a dark winter ahead unless we change our ways,” Biden said of Trump’s attempts to contain the coronavirus, according to Reuters.
Biden was addressing supporters in the town of Bristol, Pennsylvania, who had gathered in pickup trucks or cars, many with their windows or sunroofs down, to avoid possible CCP virus infection. Biden’s campaign limited each vehicle to a maximum of four passengers.
At one point, Biden called out a group of Trump supporters who were shouting into microphones nearby.
“We don’t do things like those chumps out there with the microphone are doing. The Trump guys. It’s about decency,” he said.
Reuters contributed to this report.