Democratic nominee Joe Biden was back on the campaign trail on Tuesday, delivering a speech at Gettysburg in the must-win state of Pennsylvania while President Trump remained quarantined at the White House.
Before a small crowd at the historic Civil War battlefield, the former veep lamented what he labeled the “furious division” roiling the United States and vowed to heal the nation and foster greater understanding if elected president.
“There’s no more fitting place than here today in Gettysburg to talk about the cost of division — about how much it has cost America in the past, about how much it is costing us now, and about why I believe in this moment we must come together as a nation,” Biden said.
“As I look across America today, I’m concerned. The country is in a dangerous place. Our trust in each other is ebbing. Hope seems elusive,” he went on.
Without mentioning President Trump, the 77-year-old presidential hopeful repeatedly invoked President Abraham Lincoln and called for Americans to listen to the “better angels” that the 16th president spoke of.
“I will send a clear unequivocal message to the entire nation: There is no place for hate in America. It will be given no license. It will given no oxygen. It will be given no safe harbor,” he said.
However, Biden did repeatedly mention white supremacy — an issue that dominated the headlines last week after Trump told alt-right group the Proud Boys to “stand down and stand by” in the first debate.
The former veep continues to campaign in battleground states while Trump is quarantined and being treated after contracting COVID-19 — a reality that was unthinkable just months ago when Biden was sequestered in his Delaware basement.
With the election in just 28 days, and early voting already going in many states, aides close to the president say he is eager to get back on the campaign trail.
While Trump’s doctors are extremely pleased with his progress, they have cautioned that the 74-year-old commander-in-chief is not out of the woods.
Trump spent Tuesday tweeting from his sick bed and appeared to have watched Biden’s Gettysburg address, firing-off a missive just minutes after his opponent concluded his speech.
“How does Biden lead in Pennsylvania Polls when he is against Fracking (JOBS!), 2nd Amendment and Religion? Fake polls. I will win Pennsylvania,” he told his 87 million followers.
The president has seen a slump in his polling numbers after being diagnosed with the disease, with a majority of Americans believing he could have avoided infection if he had taken the virus more seriously.