By Emily Goodin, Senior U.s. Political Reporter and Nikki Schwab, Senior U.s. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com
Published: 21:03 GMT, 31 October 2020 | Updated: 22:44 GMT, 31 October 2020
President Donald Trump said the ‘only good thing’ that happened when he and first lady Melania Trump caught the coronavirus is that there’s no question whether they live together.
At his second Pennsylvania stop Saturday, in Reading, he made the quip about his marriage, while debuting a Halloween attack ad against Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and floated that Biden, the former vice president, had gotten plastic surgery.
‘Our great first lady tested positive,’ he told the crowd, which was bigger than his audience earlier in Newtown. ‘Well, at least those rumors that we don’t live together turned out to be false.
President Donald Trump speaks to supporters in Reading, Pennsylvania Saturday, his second of four rallies he’s holding in the Keystone State
At his Reading rally, Trump said the only ‘good thing’ to come out of his COVID-19 scare was that people no longer believe he doesn’t live with first lady Melania Trump, who got the coronavirus too
In Reading, Trump debuted a new attack ad for Halloween, which showed an individual dressed up as ‘Creepy Joe Biden,’ the president’s nickname for his Democratic opponent
The ad shows that ‘Creepy Joe Biden’ is actually a Kamala Harris impersonator – complete with a KAMALA 2021 mask – as Trump continued to float that the Democrats want to replace Biden with Harris once the Democratic is in office
First lady Melania Trump is photographed campaigning Saturday in West Bend, Wisconsin. ‘Well, at least those rumors that we don’t live together turned out to be false,’ Trump said in Reading Saturday, pointing out that both he and the first lady got COVID-19
‘She lives in a house someplace in Virginia,’ he said, mimicking the gossip long surrounding the first family, which actually was that Melania Trump spent significant amounts of time at her parents’ house in suburban Maryland.
‘No, no, she lives with me and she tested,’ Trump said. ‘I said that’s the only good thing about her testing positive.’
At the rally, which will be followed by two more in the Keystone State Saturday, the president rolled out a new attack ad that shows someone dressed as ‘Creepy Joe Biden’ trick-or-treating.
The individual then takes off the Biden mask to reveal a Harris impersonator wearing a large KAMALA 2021 mask.
Trump also asked the crowd what they thought of the aviator sunglasses, a Biden trademark, that the ex-veep has been wearing while campaigning.
‘How do you like his new sunglasses, do you like them?’ Trump asked his supporters. ‘You don’t see the bad surgery on the eyes, the lids.’
‘What are they? Aviation, right?’ Trump continued. ‘He’s got to go at least one or two sizes larger.’
‘You know why he’s agitated,right? Because he’s got a problem,’ Trump said, suggesting Biden was somehow unfit for the White House, that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would replace him using the 25th Amendment – which doesn’t work that way – and that Harris would be left in charge.
‘That should never be your first woman president,’ Trump said of the California senator, who made history as the first woman of color on a major party’s presidential ticket.
The Reading rally also featured a ‘Nobel Prize’ chant for Trump as he talked about Middle East peace deals. ‘But they won’t give it to me,’ the president complained. ‘But I hear it’s an extraordinary left organization.’
‘You are so lucky that I’m your president,’ Trump said. ‘You are so lucky that we took this journey together, this wonderful – this beautiful journey togther. Pennsylvania you are so lucky. Pennsylvania you are so lucky, you better get out and vote on Tuesday.’
President Donald Trump speaks to supporters in a muddy field in Newton, Pa. in Bucks County – an area which voted narrowly for Hillary Clinton in 2016
On stage: Donald Trump heads up a red carpet to the stage set up for his rally in Newton, PA, one of the smallest events he has held
First of four: The Newtown rally was the first of a swing across the Keystone state which Trump sees as critical to his chances of gaining a second White House term
Life before the pandemic: One Trump supporter came dressed in historic costume from the Revolutionary War
Show of support: Trump’s limousine got an enthusiastic response from fans as he headed for his Newtown rally
Fall foliage: Donald Trump was in an unusually scenic location for his rally after a series of events on the tarmac of airports
Cheering crowd: Donald Trump was greeted by supporters bundled up for the fall chill as he walked on stage in Newtown
Not at capacity: Unusually for a Trump rally, there was plenty of room – although the crowd did not take advantage of it to socially distance
Not cowboy country: Rolling Bucks County was taken by Hillary Clinton in 2016 but Trump is now focused on reaching every single vote he can in Pennsylvania
At his first rally Saturday, a smaller than normal crowd greeted the president in muddy field in Newton, Pennsylvania.
‘Three days from now this is the state that will save the American dream,’ he announced to his supporters. ‘I am going to be here all day today.’
Trump wasted no time going after Biden, accusing him of betraying the people of Pennsylvania – the state where Biden was born.
He said Biden ‘wiped out Pennsylvania steel,’ was a ‘cheerleader’ for NAFTA, championed for China to join the World Trade Organization.
‘In Pennsylvania you lost 50% of your manufacturing jobs after those Biden disasters,’ the president told the crowd.
He said a vote for Biden would be a vote to end fracking, one of the major industries in Pennsylvania.
‘A vote for Biden is a vote to ban fracking, and to send your state into a nightmare of poverty and depression. That’s what’s going to happen. It’s your single biggest industry by far – probably a million jobs one way or the other,’ he warned.
Biden said he doesn’t want to ban fracking, although he wouldn’t allow it on federal land. He seeks to end federal subsidies for oil production while spurring development of renewable energy.
‘If Biden wins there will be no fracking no oil, no natural gas, no jobs and no future,’ he said.
Supporters of President Donald Trump arrive to a rally on October 31, 2020 in Reading, Pennsylvania
President Donald Trump speaks at a “Make America Great Again” rally in Newton, Pennsylvania, on Saturday
A supporter stands away from the crowd as he listens to President Donald Trump speak at a campaign rally Saturday
Guests: A man in Revolutionary War garb (left) and Mark Meadows (right) the White House chief of staff were among those in the VIP area
He added that Biden backed the Paris Climate Accord, which he called an ‘economic nightmare for Pennsylvania miners. And every worker in our country. He backed TPP which would have extinguished the American auto industry.’
‘He profited from the misery of unleashed work in horror given to Pennsylvania workers,’ Trump said of Biden. ‘He made a lot of money and his family made a lot of money, and nobody, and nobody knew about it until just recently.’
He also brought up Biden’s only surviving son, Hunter, accusing Hunter Biden of making millions off the family name.
The president talked about his packed campaign schedule, but misstated the number of rallies he’s doing Saturday. He has four rallies on Saturday and ten more over the next two days.
‘We’re doing three rallies, tomorrow we’re doing five and the smallest crowd will be 25,000,’ Trump predicted.
‘On Monday, we’re doing five or six. And I can tell you what’s going to happen. I think we’ll just go home and rest,’ he said.
The president stressed to the crowd one of his arguments that voters gave him high marks for in 2016 – that his wealth makes him independent and beholden to no one.
Joe Biden blasted Amazon and Netflix just four days out from the Presidential Election and vowed to make the corporations pay their ‘fair share of taxes’ if he wins the White House.
The former Vice President made the pledge in a tweet posted Friday afternoon, just before he appeared at a last-minute campaign rally in Minnesota.
‘Let me be clear: Hardworking Americans should not be paying more in federal income taxes than Amazon or Netflix. It’s time for big corporations to finally pay their fair share,’ the 77-year-old posted in a tweet that has received more than 124,000 ‘likes’.
Taking to the stage a short time later, Biden extrapolated on his promise, stating: ’91 out of the Fortune 500 companies paid zero taxes last year. Why? Why should a nurse pay higher tax rates than the super wealthy?’
Biden and his rival, President Trump, have laid out drastically different economic plans to help the country recover from the financial fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden has promised a 15 percent minimum tax rate on the annual income of corporations making over $100 million a year. He says his administration would eradicate any loopholes that big businesses use to circumvent tax payments.
Trump, on the other hand, slashed corporate tax rates during his first year in office – arguing that lower taxes make big businesses more viable and competitive.
However, due to loopholes in the law, almost all multi-million dollar companies pay far less than that statutory rate the Trump Administration imposed.
For example, Netflix paid just 9.2 percent of its income in taxes last year, according to Deadline.
In a statement, the streaming giant told the publication: ‘Netflix paid US federal taxes in 2019 and is reporting a significantly higher effective tax rate so far in 2020’.
‘I don’t answer to the special interests,’ he said. ‘I don’t take instructions from donors and lobbyists. I don’t care about them. I don’t care about them.’
‘I do what’s right for America. It’s made me a lot of enemies in Washington,’ he added.
Trump also defended his work on the coronavirus pandemic as the number of infections reached over 9 million. Cases are on the rise in Pennsylvania and other parts of the Midwest.
‘We moved heaven and earth to produce the vaccine ahead of schedule and manufacture hundreds of millions of doses in advance already to be shipped. We have our military is going to be shipping, logistics, we have a general that’s what he knows he delivers troops, this is, this is easy,’ he said.
Trump had previously predicted a vaccine would be available by the election or before the end of the year but it’s unclear when one will be ready.
‘It’s the most advanced medical operation, anywhere in the world in history. Thanks to the therapies we’ve accelerated, we have already reduced the mortality rate,’ he said.
He attacked Biden’s handling of the swine flu, which hit the country when Biden was vice president.
‘He had his chance with the H1N1 and the swine flu, which was a disaster,’ he said.
‘I watched Joe Biden speak yesterday. All he does is talk about COVID COVID. He’s got nothing else to say – COVID COVID COVID. We all agree and serious and we’ve done an incredible job. And at some point, they’re going to recognize that,’ Trump said.
He said Biden’s plan to combat COVID would kill the economy. Trump is making a strong economy the central argument for a second term.
‘That’s his only plan – to make you a prisoner in your home, a prisoner in your own country. Under the Biden lockdown, the recovery will be totally kill economy will crash country can’t afford,’ he said.
‘There’ll be no school. There’ll be no graduation. There’ll be no weddings, no Thanksgiving stuff, no Christmas, no Easters, no Fourth of Julys. There’ll be nothing. We’ll be nothing,’ he said of life under a Biden presidency.
He also warned the crowd that Biden would allow liberals to dominate his cabinet, take away their guns and control policy.
‘Joe Biden would appoint the most radical left wing candidate in history. Beto O’Rourke will be in charge of gun confiscation. Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ Warren will be in charge of the United States Treasury according to what they said. AOC plus three will run the climate policy,’ he said in reference to liberal Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
‘Representative Ilhan Omar will be running Homeland Security,’ he claimed. ‘She’s going to be guarding our border.’
There was a smaller than usual crowd for President Trump at his first rally of the day in Pennsylvania
Trump is holding four rallies in the key battleground state on Saturday in an attempt to repeat his 2016 victory when he became the first Republican presidential candidate in more than 20 years to win Pennsylvania.
But he carried the state – where Biden was born – by less than a point and Democrats want it back in their corner.
Both candidates are putting their focus on Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes in the final days before November 3.
First lady Melania Trump will hold a rally in Wapwallopen Saturday evening. Ivanka Trump and Tiffany Trump will hold separate events there on Sunday. And President Trump will campaign in Biden’s hometown of Scranton on Monday.
The Biden campaign is sending its full ticket there on Monday. Joe and Jill Biden along with Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff will barnstorm the state the day before the election.
Barack Obama came out swinging against President Donald Trump in his first joint appearance with Joe Biden on the campaign trail Saturday.
He launched a blistering attack on Trump before Biden joined him on stage in Flint, Michigan, for their first appearance together.
Biden came running out to meet Obama after the former president introduced him to the crowd as the cars at the drive-in rally honked and supporters cheered. He wore a black face mask he removed to speak to the crowd.
‘It kind of reminds you how good it can be, doesn’t it, listening to him,’ Biden said. ‘It reminds me of when we can be when you have a president of character, a president respected around the world.’
The former president attacked his successor’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, claimed Trump wants to let America get COVID, mocked his obsession with crowd size, called his policies ‘racist,’ and said Trump would lose people’s jobs.
Handover: Joe Biden walks on stage after being introduced by Barack Obama – with the two carefully keeping their distance
Done his part: Barack Obama left the stage after introducing Joe Biden and using a lengthy speech to tear into Donald Trump
Fired up: Barack Obama gets on stage to campaign with Joe Biden for the first time, at a high school in Flint, Michigan
Stumping for Joe: Barack Obama took the stage to praise Joe Biden’s character – and excoriate Donald Trump’s handling of the COVID crisis
He even mentioned his wife Michelle, one of the most popular Democrats in the country, and said they agreed it would be a relief to no longer have to think about Trump.
‘This is a big benefit. Michelle and I were talking about this over dinner the other day, you’re not gonna have to think about them every day. You’re not gonna have to argue with your family about him every day. It won’t be so exhausting,’ he said.
Obama, in his introduction of Biden, touted his strength of character, giving a personal description of his former vice president.
‘Joe Biden is my brother. I love Joe Biden and he will be a great president,’ he said.
‘That sense of decency and empathy. The belief in hard work and family and faith, the belief that everybody counts, that’s who Joe is,’ Obama said.
‘I can tell you that the presidency doesn’t change who you are. It shows who you are,’ he said.
Enthusiastic reception: When one woman shouted ‘I love you,’ Ovama replied ‘I love you too – now put that mask back on.’
Backing for Joe: Barack Obama said his former vice president Biden will help America heal of COVID and recover from economic devastation
Mockery: Barack Obama went after Donald Trump’s performance in office saying: ‘COVID COVID COVID – he’s complaining. He’s jealous of COVID media coverage,’ he said as coronavirus cases are on the rise across the country, hitting more than 9 million infections.
On his way: Barack Obama went to a high school in Flint for his appearance with Biden. Flint’s African-American Democratic voters did not turn out in enough numbers for Hillary Clinton to bear Donald Trump in 2016
This is auto country: Barack Obama boasted about his and Joe Biden’s record in the wake of the 2008 crisis which drove Ford and GM to the verge of bankruptcy
He attacked Trump’s leadership, saying it led to racism in the country and brought out the worst in people.
‘There are consequences to his actions. This is not just a joke. It’s not funny, those actions embolden other people to be mean and defensive and racist,’ Obama said.
Obama then pivoted to attack President Donald Trump, using the attack lines he has dropped in his previous appearances for Biden in Pennsylvania and Florida.
‘You know, I said this before – I never thought Donald Trump would embrace my vision, I understood he didn’t agree with my policies, but I did hope for the country’s sake that he might show some interest in the job,’ he said.
‘He hasn’t shown any interest in doing the work, or helping anybody but himself and his friends, or treating the presidency as anything more than a reality show to give him the attention that he craves,’ he said.
He attacked Trump’s handling of the coronavirus’ pandemic, an area where voters have given Trump low marks.
‘COVID COVID COVID – he’s complaining. He’s jealous of COVID media coverage,’ he said as coronavirus cases are on the rise across the country, hitting more than 9 million infections.
‘And now he’s accusing doctors of profiting off this pandemic. Think about that. He said this just yesterday said doctors are overblowing it because they’re gonna make money off, doctors, he cannot fathom. He does not understand the notion that somebody would risk their life to save others without trying to make a buck,’ he said.
Campaign clothing: Maisy Biden wore a Biden 2020 top as she got of the campaign plane with grandfather and cousin Natalie
Landing: Joe Biden and granddaughters Natalie (left) and Maisy (right) land in Flint Bishop Airport before the drive-in rally with Barack Obama
Family: Joe Biden brought granddaughters Natalie (left), whose father was the late Beau Biden, and Maisy (right) whose father is Hunter Biden
Love for Obama: The former president is the biggest star draw on the Democratic cmapaign trail – although after the first rally in Flint, he and Biden were appearing in Detroit with Stevie Wonder to drive up African-American enthusiasm
‘Now they might as well be saying let America get COVID,’ Obama said of the Trump administration.
‘Cases wouldn’t be reaching new record highs across the country, some of the places he owes rallies have even seen new spikes after he leaves town,’ he said.
He mocked President Trump’s obsession with crowd size and the president’s repeated claim the crowds at his inauguration were bigger than the crowds at Obama’s, despite photo comparisons showing differently.
‘What is his obsession, by the way, with crowd size?,’ he said. ‘He’s always worried that this is the one measure he has of success.’
‘He’s still worried about his inauguration proud being smaller than mine. It really bugs him. He’s still talking about that,’ he said. ‘Does he have nothing better to worry about? Did no one come to his birthday party when he was a kid? Was he traumatized?’
‘Tweeting it the TV doesn’t fix things, making stuff up doesn’t make people’s lives better,’ he said.
‘You gotta have a plan. You’ve got to put in the work,’ he said. ‘And along with the experience to get things done, Joe Biden has concrete plans and policies that will turn our vision of a better fairer stronger country into reality.’
Roadside support: Supporters were on show outside the high school in Flint where the former president and would-be next president were appearing together – including one in Halloween costume
Getting out the vote: The drive-in rally has become Biden’s method of reaching supporters without breaking social distancing
Drive-in rally: Joe Biden and Barack Obama were greeted by supporters in cars, all wearing masks – unlike a Trump rally
He pointed out he and Biden fought for the auto industry – which is huge in Michigan – during the economic recession. He said Trump has lost manufacturing jobs.
‘The economic damage inflicted by botching the pandemic response means he’ll be the only president since Herbert Hoover, to actually lose jobs,’ Obama said of Trump. ‘Herbert Hoover. That’s a long time ago.’
‘Three days Flint. Three days until the most important election of your lifetime,’ Obama said in his remarks before Biden joined him on stage.
‘All jobs are on the line our health care is on the line whether or not we get this pandemic under control is on the line,’ he said.
Obama and Biden are holding drive-in rallies in Flint and Detroit, predominantly black cities where strong turnout will be key for a Biden victory on November 3. R&B legend Stevie Wonder will join them in Detroit.
Michigan remains a top target for Biden as he seeks to rebuild the Democrats’ ‘blue wall’ in the Midwest, which includes Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Obama won those three states in his presidential bids but they went from Trump in 2016, handing him the White House.
Biden leads Trump in Michigan by 6.5 points, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls in the state.
Sen. Kamala Harris was the main attraction at a Miami drive-in party Saturday that featured hours of music and special appearances by Chef Jose Andres and rapper Fat Joe.
The Democratic vice presidential nominee hit President Donald Trump on his record on race, immigration and climate change, as she bounced around the stage wearing high-top Chuck Taylors, with ‘2020’ written on the side of them.
‘We deserve better,’ she said. ‘You measure a person’s strength not by who they beat down, but who they lift up.’
At one point near the end of her remarks, a man wearing his mask wrong revealed himself to be a Trump supporters and started yelling, ‘Where’s Hunter?’ at the vice presidential nominee, a reference to Joe Biden’s son and his controversial business dealings.
Sen. Kamala Harris was the main attraction Saturday at a drive-in rally that had a party vibe, with hours of music and special guests Fat Joe and Jose Andres preceding her arrival
Sen. Kamala Harris, wearing Chuck Taylors with ‘2020’ written on the side, spoke to supporters Saturday in Miami, Florida
A close-up photo of the Converse high-top sneakers Harris wore to her Miami, Florida drive-in rally
Rapper Fat Joe spoke to Harris’ Miami crowd on Saturday, telling them not to believe the polls – which show the Biden-Harris ticket ahead – and to go vote
Chef Jose Andres was also a special guest at Sen. Kamala Harris’ rally Saturday in Miami, Florida
Harris is in Florida Saturday to encourage early voting, which concludes in the Sunshine State Sunday at 7 p.m.
CRASHER: A supporter of President Donald Trump crashed Harris’ Miami event and held up a ‘Rioters & Looters for Biden’ sign and yelled ‘Where’s Hunter?’ and ‘Trump 2020’
The man yelled ‘Trump 2020’ and ‘Where’s Hunter’ in the direction of Harris, but his voice was drowned out by car horns
Harris was spending all of Saturday in the Sunshine State as Floridians can still early vote until Sunday at 7 p.m.
Harris used the unique set-up that the Democrats have been using to prevent the spread of COVID-19, taking a page from old school drive-in movie theaters,to her advantage – using the car horns for call-and-response.
‘Honk if you know somebody with diabetes,’ she said, as she made the argument that she and Democratic nominee Joe Biden would protect Americans with pre-existing conditions.
When supporters started honking at her reference of the late Rep. John Lewis, she chimed in, ‘I know he hears you. I know he hears you.’
The honks grew the loudest when she talked about ‘Black Lives Matter’ and reuniting the migrant kids, who were separated from their parents due to a Trump administration policy, with their families.
Prior to the California senator’s arrival, the rally site had turned into a Halloween morning dance party.
Sergeant First Class Paul Cruz, who introduced Harris, spelled it out, ‘It’s not just a city, it’s a vibe.’
‘And that’s why Sen. Harris is back here in the 305,’ he said, name-dropping the area’s famous area code.
‘Let me tell you what happened four years ago, the media was saying that Hillary Clinton was winning by a landslide. And so people who would’ve voted said, “Why should I go vote, Donald Trump’s not going to win,”‘ the rapper said. ‘Don’t believe the polls, don’t believe nothing nobody says.
Some of Harris’ Alpha Kappa Alpha sisters showed up to the Miami rally, with one holding up a large cardboard cut-out of the California senator’s head
One supporter brought ’46’ balloons as Democratic nominee Joe Biden would be the 46th president of the United States
Alpha Kappa Alpha sisters cheer on Sen. Kamala Harris at a Miami, Florida drive-in rally Saturday
A supporter stands outside her car waiting for Sen. Kamala Harris’ Saturday appearance in Miami, Florida
Supporters await Sen. Kamala Harris’ appearance Saturday morning in Miami and were entertained by musical performances and speeches
A little boy stands outside a festive truck at Sen. Kamala Harris’ Miami, Florida drive-in rally Saturday
A group of Alpha Kappa Alpha sisters showed up Saturday in Miami to support their sorority sister, Sen. Kamala Harris, who attended Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Chef Jose Andres, who’s been in legal battles against Trump and has hammered him for his rhetoric on immigration, was the second special guest.
While many of the restaurants in his empire are in Washington, D.C., he also owns The Bazaar on Miami’s South Beach.
Earlier in the morning, a musician was playing Afro-Caribbean versions of famous songs, including Katy Perry’s ‘Roar,’ a top song on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 playlist.
One supporter danced around with gold ’46’ balloons, another held up a giant cut-out of Harris’ head.
A group of Alpha Kappa Alpha sisters showed up in their trademark pink and green garb.
A Mariachi band tried winding through the cars, but campaign aides asked them to remain in one section of the parking lot.
Campaign workers had to shoo people away from the stage, instructing them to stick close to their cars and wear their masks.
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