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USA | Nov 3, 2020

CLOSING ARGUMENT: America is at a tipping point – Biden

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Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a drive-in campaign rally at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., November 2, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

As Americans go to the polls today to make a choice between the incumbent President Donald Trump and Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden, a huge turnout is expected in what will be one of the most important elections in decades.

Biden made his closing argument with the case, can America and the world survive another four years of Donald Trump?

The following is part of his address:

My fellow Americans, let us stand for a moment of silence for the more than 200,000 Americans who have died needlessly of coronavirus.

America is at a tipping point. We are at the hour of maximum danger. The earth is at its hour of peril. Four years ago, Donald Trump promised to put America first, and he did.

America is now first in the world in the number of coronavirus cases, first in the number of pandemic deaths, first in the total acres of forests burned by wildfires, and first in the frequency and ferocity of hurricanes in a season, and first in the outbreaks of racial violence and wrongful deaths.

The Arctic is melting fast, the sea levels are rising rapidly. The earth’s surface is overheating.

And never in the history of America has its president told so many lies while in office, at an alarming rate of 20 per day, and over 20,000 in total. He breaks the Guinness Book of Records for the number of presidential lies told. That too is America’s first.

Trump wants four more years. But can America and the world survive another four years of unchecked madness? As my running mate Kamala Harris puts it “The President he has been, will be the president he will be,” only more terrifying and reckless. In Roman times, Nero fiddled while Rome burned. In today’s America, Trump golfs while the West Coast incinerates. In under four years, Trump has clocked over 18,000 hours of executive time and over 9000 hours on the golf course.

He is the only sitting president to have dozens of books written about him, most stinking to high heaven, by his lawyers, former officials and his own niece. You don’t have to read the books, their titles tell you all you need to know about this man: “ Fire and Fury”; “ Fear”; “Rage”; “Unhinged,” “ Disloyal”, “ Collusion”. We never thought that such words would apply to an American president.

He is mentally and morally unfit for the office; he has never grown into the job. He still behaves like the bombastic host of the reality show he once was, firing officials and his own appointees at will. At last count, 415 of them were out the door, voluntarily or involuntarily.

He does not fear God or believe in science. He governs by tweets, dishes out insults, and gets his way by sharp elbows.

Domestically, he is against social distancing. But internationally, he has social-distanced America from its allies and believers.

Don’t get me wrong. Some people love Trump. I can think of three types who do: comedians, lawyers and psychologists. Comedians like Stephen Colbert love him because he is an endless source of stupidity and buffoonery. Lawyers love because he is in eternal need of their services to defend him against multiple lawsuits for sexual assault, tax fraud or business improprieties, as well as historic impeachment.

Trump is the psychologist’s favourite because he is a textbook case for infantile, psychotic behaviour. Under Trump, the American presidency has become the world’s laughing stock and a sick joke.

Joe Biden

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