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President Donald Trump began a rally in Yuma, Arizona this Tuesday afternoon by calling out presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s inability, both literally and figuratively, to withstand the heat.
“It’s 122 degrees in this place. … This is like a test. You think Joe Biden could do this? I don’t think so,” he said as he spoke while adorned in a full suit.
President Trump: “It’s 122 degrees in this place… You think Joe Biden could do this? I don’t think so.” pic.twitter.com/ewRIG5L9lP
— The Hill (@thehill) August 18, 2020
It was only a slight exaggeration. Earlier that afternoon, local station KSAZ reported that highs near 112 degrees Fahrenheit were expected for the area.
And then in a tweet posted near 6:00 pm EST, the station reported that the temperature had reached a whopping 115 degrees:
— FOX 10 Phoenix (@FOX10Phoenix) August 18, 2020
Yuma was chosen for the rally specifically because of its border wall, as the rally was technically designed to be a “border wall construction update.” As such, the president made immigration the central topic of his speech.
“Joe Biden is the puppet of the radical left-wing movement that seeks the complete elimination of America’s borders and boundaries. They want to take the wall down, they don’t want to have borders, they want to have sanctuary cities, lots of bad things they want. Following orders from his boss. I guess his new boss is Bernie Sanders. Can you believe that? Crazy Bernie,” he said.
“Joe Biden has pledged to abolish immigration enforcement, suspend all removals, provide free government healthcare, and they want to give it to illegal aliens. You don’t get it. Restore, catching and release. Shield violent criminal aliens. This is what they want to do. And give every illegal alien on the planet earth a free ticket to invent an asylum claim, and gain automatic admission into our country.”
He added that Biden’s immigration vision will lead to “people coming into our country that never even thought of it before.”
“You get free education, you get free healthcare, why wouldn’t they come? Let’s go to America. The Biden plan would unleash a flood of illegal immigration like the world has never seen. It’s crazy,” he said.
“Biden’s plan is the most radical, extreme, reckless, dangerous, and deadly immigration plan ever put forward by a major party candidate. It must be defeated, and it will be defeated on November 3rd. It will be defeated.”
Listen to the whole speech below:
A Gallup poll published last year found that 42 million of the 450 million adults who inhabited Latin America and the Caribbean at the time wanted to relocate to the United States.
And given that many of those 42 million adults likely had children, that meant there were anywhere from 100 to 200 million people in Latin America who’d hoped to one day resettle in the states.
The president took note of the poll:
Gallup Poll: “Open Borders will potentially attract 42 million Latin Americans.” This would be a disaster for the U.S. We need the Wall now!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2019
Besides attacking Biden’s immigration vision for America, the president also plastered the Democrats in general for their smears against him.
During the first night of the Democrat National Convention this week, former first lady Michelle Obama accused the Trump administration of locking detained illegal alien children in cages.
But as noted by the president Tuesday, those cages were built by her husband, former President Barack Hussein Obama.
“We never built the cages. They were built by Obama, and the fake news is constantly saying that I built cages for children. I didn’t build them. They were built in 2014,” he said.
— 🇺🇸Maggie VandenBerghe🇺🇸 (@FogCityMidge) August 18, 2020
Returning to Biden, the president also slammed the former VP for his opposition to the Trump administration’s travel ban on China.
“In January after the China virus, after the outbreak, after the outbreak, the China virus outbreak … I swiftly implemented a travel ban on China and I was criticized. Biden, opposed the ban. He said, ‘I oppose the ban,'” the president said.
“He had no idea what the hell he was doing. Why do you oppose it, Joe? I don’t know. They told me to say that. If we had listened to Sleepy Joe Biden, hundreds of thousands of additional American lives would have been lost. We did a good thing. That was in January, I imposed it, very early.”
“One of the things we did right was very early cut off travel from China to the United States,” National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said in March.
“Because outside of China, where it originated, the countries in the world that have it are through travel, either directly from China or indirectly from someone who went someplace and then came to that particular country. Our shutting off travel from China and, more recently, travel from Europe, has gone a long way to not seeding very, very intensively the virus in our country.”
Obama-era CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden agreed.
“The travel ban with China made a difference. It resulted in a significant delay in the number of people coming in with infection and because of that, that bought time in the U.S. to better prepare,” he said in remarks two months later.
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