Insults, attacks: Biden and Trump's campaigns are tense

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Donald Trump in Nevada, his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, in North Carolina: the two US presidential candidates visited key election states on Sunday before a crucial campaign week, marked by a resurgence of 'aggressiveness.

As in 2016, Donald Trump is carrying out a frantic field campaign with several trips per day. Arriving Saturday night in Las Vegas, he mingled with hundreds of worshipers Sunday at an evangelical church in the city.

Donald Trump dozing off.

US President Donald Trump attends Sunday mass at an evangelical church in Las Vegas on October 18.

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Little practicing, the billionaire deposited several 20 dollar bills in the donation basket. He was then scheduled to speak to his supporters in Carson City, capital of Nevada, state where he is five points ahead of the former vice president.

After attending Mass in Wilmington as well and praying at the grave of his son Beau, Joe Biden traveled to Durham, North Carolina. He called on his supporters not to wait until November 3 to vote, especially the African-American electorate on whom he counts to win in this state where he is 2.7 points ahead of his opponent.

Joe Biden surrounded by men in jackets in a cemetery.

Joe Biden gathered at the grave of his son Beau in Wilmington, Delaware.

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This nation is strong enough to honestly face systemic racism and provide safe streets for families and small businesses that are too often the most affected by looting and fires., he launched, paying particular tribute to George Floyd, an African-American killed by a white policeman at the end of May in Minneapolis.

His death had sparked riots in the city and a historic wave of anger against racism.

A veteran of politics, Joe Biden leads with nine percentage points in the national poll average. But above all, with a narrower margin, in states that can switch from one party to another in each election.

Land mined before the final debate

Before the two candidates meet in Nashville on Thursday for the last presidential debate, the Trump camp has intensified its attacks against Mr. Biden in recent days.

Joe Biden is a corrupt politician, and everyone knows it, the billionaire said on Twitter on Sunday.

In a rally on Saturday in Michigan, another crucial state for the election, he called Joe Biden a criminal who represented a risk to national security.

Donald Trump without a mask facing a crowd behind barriers.

Donald Trump has always been reluctant to wear a mask, like here at the Santa Ana airport in California.

Photo: Reuters / CARLOS BARRIA

He also attacked the Democratic state governor, Gretchen Whitmer, who decreed severe restrictions to fight the coronavirus pandemic, as the crowd chanted: Put her in jail.

Ms Whitmer was targeted by a far-right group who planned to kidnap her and put her on trial for treason. The individuals were arrested last week before they could complete their project.

It's incredibly disturbing as the president inspires, encourages and incites this kind of inner terrorism, Gretchen Whitmer commented on NBC Sunday.

People are frustrated with this governor and it has nothing to do with this attempted attack on her, said on CNN Laura Trump, the president's daughter-in-law, assuring that the latter did not absolutely nothing to make people threaten Mrs. Whitmer, but he was having fun.

The President must realize that the words of a President of the United States carry weight, answered on ABC the leader of the Democrats in Congress, Nancy Pelosi.

Injecting bullying tactics into our political dialogue, especially about a woman governor and her family, is so irresponsible, she lamented.

Joe Biden and his granddaughter, masked.

Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his granddaughter Finnegan boarding a campaign plane to North Carolina.

Photo: Reuters / TOM BRENNER

Managing the pandemic

The former vice-president also denounced Sunday the much criticized management of the pandemic by the White House, while according to him the situation is getting worse in the United States, with more than eight million positive cases and nearly 220,000 deaths.

The president knew as early as January how dangerous the virus was and he hid it in the country, he launched in Durham, after the revelations of a journalist according to which Mr. Trump had been warned at the end of January of the danger of a pandemic.

Earlier, he blasted in a press release a president who continues to minimize COVID-19.

Donald Trump, who has always been reluctant to wear a mask, was hospitalized three nights after contracting the virus in early October. He has since resumed his campaign at a run, claiming to be immune.

On Sunday, he defended his program of widespread testing. The more you test, the more positive cases you detect. Very simple!, he said on Twitter.

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