Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden made a stop in Minnesota on Friday as part of his three-state tour, blasting President Donald Trump for a COVID conspiracy theory, with just four days to go until Election Day.
Speaking at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Mr. Biden hit out at Mr. Trump for saying medical doctors are reporting higher Covid-19 statistics to generate more money.
“The president of the United States is accusing the medical profession of making up Covid deaths so they make more money,” Biden said. “Doctors and nurses go to work every day to save lives. They do their jobs. Donald Trump should stop attacking them and do his job.”
The head of the American Medical Association also condemned the President’s comments, calling them “malicious, outrageous and comply misguided” but did not mention Mr. Trump by name.
Earlier in the day at a rally in Michigan, Mr. Trump said “our doctors get more money if someone dies from Covid,” and “when in doubt choose Covid.”
Without citing any evidence, the President claimed doctors could make up to “like $2,000 more” but stopped short of giving any details to back his claims.
Mr. Trump’s comments come on the day the United States passed nine million confirmed Covid-19 cases just two weeks after hitting the eight million case mark. The coronavirus is surging through much of the country but has hit Wisconsin particularly hard.
Despite Dr. Deborah Birx saying much of the country “is a hot spot”, Donald Trump Jr., Mr. Trump’s son and a top campaign surrogate downplayed things in an interview Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Thursday.
“The number is almost nothing,” he said.
The coronavirus pandemic has been the main issue of the 2020 presidential campaign as most Americans are concerned with Mr. Trump leading the country through another wave hitting the country.
“Donald Trump waved the white flag and surrendered to this virus,” Biden said.
Both men are on the campaign trail with just four days to go until Election Day. The events are in stark contrast of each other with President Trump holding rallies despite states having imposed restrictions due to Covid. Meanwhile, Mr. Biden has been holding events with social distancing. Drive-in events have become a signature part of his campaign where people honk from their cars instead of cheering.