DETROIT, Mich. (WOOD) — Just one day before President Donald Trump is expected to be in West Michigan, former Vice President Joe Biden is holding two campaign events in the Detroit area Friday.
Biden first stopped in the Detroit suburb of Southfield to speak on expanding access to affordable health care. He then traveled to Detroit for a drive-in rally at the Michigan State Fairgrounds where he urged voters to vote early in person — either at their local clerk’s office or satellite voting center.
Sen. Gary Peters and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer both spoke, giving reasons why affordable health care is important to them before introducing Biden.
The Democratic nominee began by praising Peters and Whitmer, and condemned the alleged plot to kidnap the governor.
“We’re grateful to the FBI and law enforcement who discovered these domestic terrorists and stopped them. And make no mistake, that’s who they are: domestic terrorists, flat terrorists. planning to blow up a bridge on American soil threatening to threatening the lives of police officers to kidnap an elected leader, and now we’re finding out the same thing is happening in Virginia,” Bieden said.
Biden criticized the president’s response to the incident.
“You know it’s the sort of behavior you might expect from ISIS … and the failure to condemn these folks is stunning from the outset,” he said.
Biden mocked Trump for suggesting in a Thursday town hall that the U.S. has “turned the corner” in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Biden said that the virus is “not disappearing” and is instead “on the rise again.”
He noted a COVID-19 uptick in many states and said Trump has put the U.S. on course to have more coronavirus deaths than combat deaths in World War II.
Biden said Trump “puts his supporters in such jeopardy” by holding mass rallies where masks are not required. Biden had removed his own mask to speak Friday. But he spoke in front of a small, masked crowd spread out across a community center gymnasium floor.
He asked them to recall Trump repeatedly “making fun of Biden wearing a mask.”
Biden has built much of his general election argument around the criticism that Trump has bungled the pandemic and its economic fallout, leading to more deaths and job losses.
Biden promised a sweeping effort for racial and economic justice if he’s elected president. He praised Black Americans especially for “a deep love of this country that for far too long” has not fully recognized generations of oppression.
The former vice president promised an economic program that would boost opportunities for American workers of all races and ethnicities. After hailing the U.S. auto industry that is concentrated in Michigan, he says he wants a manufacturing renaissance to “make it in America, make it in Michigan.”
Battleground Michigan appears to be a real focus of the both campaigns. Both Biden and Trump are targeting the state as part of their Electoral College strategy.
We will continue to see that on Saturday as Trump holds a rally in the Muskegon area. News 8 will provide coverage of that event.