Backed into a corner and facing financial strains, President Donald Trump went after his opponent’s family and defended his own struggle to contain the pandemic as he fought to energize his sagging reelection bid.
Trump campaigned Friday in Florida and Georgia, neighboring states he carried four years ago and must win again to extend his presidency. His decision to devote Friday evening’s prime-time slot to Georgia in particular highlighted the serious nature of his challenge: far from his original plan to expand into Democratic-leaning states, he is laboring to stave off a defeat of major proportions.
In Macon, he cited support from former University of Georgia football star Herschel Walker to win favor from his rally crowd. “How good was Herschel Walker?” Trump said as the Georgia crowd roared. “He’s on our side, and he’s an incredible guy.”
Trump had tried the same strategy Wednesday in Iowa, bringing wrestling legend Dan Gable onstage.
Earlier, in Florida, the president derided the Bidens as “an organized crime family”, renewing his daily claims about the candidate’s son, Hunter, and his business dealings in Ukraine and China.