Biden ‘Ramps’ Up Criticism of Trump’s Health: Campaign Update

Democratic nominee Joe Biden responded to the president’s criticism of his health with his own pointed remark. Democratic attorneys general and secretaries of state have blasted President Donald Trump’s advice on voting twice. And an effort to boost Biden’s Twitter account fell short.

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Biden ‘Ramps’ Up Questions About Trump’s Health

Former Vice President Biden responded to the Trump campaign raising questions about his health by stepping up his own attacks.

Asked by a local Pennsylvania TV news station about the Trump team’s claims that he’s“lost a step,” Biden raised similar questions about the president.

“Look at how he steps, and look how I step,” Biden said. “Watch how I run up ramps and he stumbles down ramps, OK? Come on.”

@JTHVerhovek

Biden to @abc27News on Trump and his campaign’s suggestion he’s “lost a step”
“Look at how [Trump] steps and look at how I step. Watch how I run up ramps and how he stumbles down ramps, okay?”

12:36 AM · Sep 8, 2020

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After a speech in mid-June at West Point, Trump walked slowly down a ramp in a moment that was widely shared on social media, becoming fodder for late-night comedians and an anti-Trump Republican group.

Trump later tweeted that the ramp was “very long & steep, had no handrail and, most importantly, was very slippery,” althoughit was sunny that day.

@realDonaldTrump

The ramp that I descended after my West Point Commencement speech was very long & steep, had no handrail and, most importantly, was very slippery. The last thing I was going to do is “fall” for the Fake News to have fun with. Final ten feet I ran down to level ground. Momentum!4:57 AM · Jun 14, 2020

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Democratic State Officials Take Aim at Trump

Trump’s suggestion that mail-in voters in North Carolina try to cast a ballot in person as well has led to a forceful response from Democratic state officials who don’t typically get into verbal tussles with a president.

On Monday, a day before a slated visit by Trump to the state, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein released a statement along with 24 other attorneys general noting that voting twice is illegal, as is encouraging it.

“Anyone who intentionally votes twice faces serious legal consequences,” he wrote. “So do those who direct others to engage in this illegal conduct.”

Meantime, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold tweeted Monday that she will refer any cases of double-voting for prosecution and would consider adding Trump to the referral as well.

“In Colorado, we take double voting seriously and refer all suspected cases for legal enforcement,” she wrote. “If it makes sense, I will include @realdonaldtrump in the referral for prosecution. He may not have presidential immunity anymore depending on the election.”

@JenaGriswold

In Colorado, we take double voting seriously and refer all suspected cases for legal enforcement. If it makes sense, I will include @realDonaldTrump in the referral for prosecution. He may not have presidential immunity anymore depending on the election.4:26 PM · Sep 7, 2020

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Biden Still Lags Trump on Twitter

A grassroots attempt to get Biden to 10 million followers on Twitter by the end of Labor Day fell short, as he ended the three-day weekend with 9.2 million.

The informal campaign began Saturday evening, when a Biden supporter’s account called “Jill Biden for FLOTUS” asked people to follow Joe Biden.

“Can We Please Get @JoeBiden to 10M followers before the End of Labor Day?” read the tweet. “Pass it on.”

The tweet was retweeted tens of thousands of times, promoted by everyone from actress Alyssa Milano to former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. But Biden ended Labor Day still well shy of Hillary Clinton’s 28.5 million followers — or Trump’s 85.8 million, much less former President Barack Obama’s 122.3 million.

But while Trump may be reaping more free exposure getting his message out, Biden has said recently that the president should “get off Twitter” and focus more in issues like reopening schools safely.

Coming Up:

Trump will speak about the environment at an event in Jupiter, Florida, and then head to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for remarks on Tuesday.

Biden will visit Michigan on Wednesday.

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