US President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden again showed their differences on Thursday by answering voters’ questions instead of participating in what would be the second debate for the November presidential election.
The two events were broadcast at the same time and, once again, the candidates showed profound differences, not only in style, but a deep disagreement in the management of the pandemic.
“We did a fantastic job … Vaccines are coming and treatments are coming,” said President of the United States, Donald Trump, on the NBC television channel in Miami, Florida, one of the essential states to achieve the majority. of Electoral College votes, and that Trump won by a small margin in 2016.
“We are in a situation where we have more than 210,000 dead and what is he [Trump] to do? Nothing, ”he criticized, in turn, the Democratic candidate on the ABC television channel, broadcast from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, another disputed state that Trump also narrowly won in the last elections.
The two events replaced a debate that had been proposed for the same day in virtual format because of the risk of covid-19, which Trump rejected, calling it “a waste of time.” The President, who was hospitalized with the disease, again refused to say the date when he tested negative for coronavirus.
Trump was tense and irritated by the questions, especially about why he wore the mask so little, repeating an argument he has used. “I am President, I have to see people … I cannot be locked in a beautiful room somewhere in the White House,” he quipped.
The Republican also declined to explicitly condemn the QAnon conspiracy movement, which believes and disseminates especially bizarre conspiracy theories. “I don’t know anything about QAnon,” he said, before making sure he agreed with the movement’s “anti pedophilia” positions.
In contrast, the Democratic candidate, who leads the poll race, answered questions from the audience in a much calmer register.
It is necessary to “listen to the other”, he told a voter who asked him how he intended to restore “courtesy and honor” in American politics.
More than 17.5 million Americans have already voted by post or by early vote, far more than at the same time in 2016, according to an accountant with the University of Florida’s US Elections Project, quotes Reuters.
The former Democratic vice president leads the national average for opinion polls for the November 3 presidential elections by almost 10 percentage points.
This Friday, early voting became possible in the state of Louisianna, after the states of Georgia, Texas and North Carolina registered records in going to the polls for early voting.
A debate between the two candidates is also scheduled for October 22 in Nashville, Tennessee.