Donald Trump’s activism, Joe Biden’s discretion

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Donald Trump and his supporters at a campaign rally in Henderson, Nevada, Sunday, September 13.

Donald Trump is campaigning at full speed. While his main opponent, Democrat Joe Biden, did not attend any public event on Saturday September 12 and Sunday, September 13, the outgoing president plowed Nevada before traveling to Arizona on Monday.

Donald Trump even held his first indoor meeting since June, Sunday evening in Henderson. The municipality sent a formal letter and a verbal warning to the event organizer explaining that the meeting, as scheduled, directly violated the governor’s Covid-19 emergency guidelines.

For his part, the former Democratic vice president is scheduled to visit Arizona this week. This will be his first on-site visit since the start of the Covid-19 epidemic in March. On the contrary, Donald Trump has visited this state, a former Republican stronghold today under threat, on several occasions, while performing his duties as president.

Donald Trump’s activism contrasts with his opponent’s reserve. The phenomenon is not new. On May 4, two former advisers to Barack Obama, David Axelrod and David Plouffe, in a column published by the New York Times, had called for a more impactful strategy. “Faced with an outgoing president, a candidate cannot be satisfied with playing in defense”, they had assured. Joe Biden’s former primary opponent, Independent Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders, also expressed his concern Sunday, September 13, on MSNBC.

“I think Biden is in a great position to win this election, but I think we need to do more as a campaign instead of focusing on Trump”, did he declare. “We also need to give people a reason to vote for Joe Biden. And Joe has pretty strong positions on the economy, and I think we should talk about it more than we have., he said in reference to the most progressive program ever championed by a Democratic candidate in recent decades.

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