President Donald Trump attacked likely enemy Joe Biden as "incompetent" to run the country. Weekend polls showed that voters are increasingly disappointed with their own handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
"He's shot, he's shot mentally," Trump said in a comprehensive Fox News Sunday interview about Biden.
He said that if Biden was elected on November 3rd, he would "destroy this country."
Faced with the multiple challenges of an expanding pandemic, racist unrest and a difficult economy, Trump made several unsubstantiated or highly speculative allegations against the former Vice President, saying Biden would "triple your taxes" and "disappoint the police".
He added, "Religion will be gone," referring to democratic officials who ban major religious services to curb the spread of the virus.
When asked if he would accept the November election result even if he loses, Trump repeated his 2016 position and said, "I have to see … I'm not just going to say yes."
The pre-recorded interview came when new poll results showed that Biden was on the rise as doubts about Trump's handling of the pandemic increased in a resurgence in many states.
Interviewer Chris Wallace told the president that a new Fox poll showed Biden had a significant lead over Trump, not only in terms of his ability to deal with the pandemic (17 points ahead) and with racist unrest deal (by 21 points), but even – by one point – in dealing with the economy, has long been a Trump strength.
And a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that Biden Trump leads the country among registered voters by 15 points (55 to 40 percent).
Trump dismissed such polls as "fake" and said White House polls showed that he won both nationally and in major swing states.
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He repeatedly hit Biden, who has been relatively restrained amid the restrictions imposed by the pandemic.
Trump claimed that the Democrat wanted to "disappoint the police" – a battle cry from some anti-racist demonstrators – and insisted that such a language be included in a biden policy document, although he could not provide it if Wallace challenged him.
When he repeatedly questioned his rival's mental acuity, Wallace asked him directly if he thought Biden was senile.
"I don't want to say that," Trump replied. "I say he is not competent to be president."
He asked if the Democrat could pass a cognitive test that he described as "successful" and said the former vice president would fall apart under tough questions.
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Trump again defended his handling of the pandemic, claiming "we are the envy of the world" on testing; and from his early prediction that the virus would one day go away, he said, "I'll be right someday."
Again refusing any national mandate to wear masks, he said, "I want people to have some freedom."
Regarding the racial unrest in the country and the recent increase in violent crime in some cities, the president accused "democratically run cities", which he described as "stupid runs".
When asked about statistics according to which American blacks are shot twice as often by the police as whites, Trump replied: "Many whites are also killed. You have to say that."
And he compared those who wielded the Confederate flag with those who said, "Black Lives Matter" and added, "It's free speech."
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Trump again spoke out against renaming U.S. military bases named after Confederate generals – even after the military supported the idea.
"I don't care what the military says," said the president.
"We'll name it after the Reverend Al Sharpton?" he asked rhetorically and referred to a prominent African American civil rights leader.
There was no immediate response to Biden's interview or campaign, although the former vice president tweeted that "banning the Confederate flag from military facilities was long overdue."
On other issues, Trump said the economy is "going very well" even though millions remain unemployed and some states are reintroducing bans. The stock exchange is close to record highs.
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