President Trump capitalized on his opponent’s wish to “transition” away from the oil industry in Reading, Pa., telling supporters Democratic nominee Joe Biden would “abolish” fracking.
He said the former vice president had flip-flopped on fracking, a major industry in the key swing state.
“He goes for a year ‘there will be no fracking,’ then he comes to Pennsylvania. Listen, we have a million jobs for fracking we’ve got $2 gasoline,” Trump said on Saturday. “He’s like ‘let me just change my [position]’ and he’s never questioned about it from the fake news.”
Biden said in March at a Democratic primary debate, “No more no new fracking.”
In October at the final presidential debate, Biden said: “I do rule out banning fracking because the answer we need… We need other industries to transition to get to, ultimately, a complete zero emissions by 2025.”
“Joe Biden will shut down your economy, you’re already shut down in Pennsylvania,” Trump said Saturday.
The president also mocked Biden. “Joe Biden is an angry man. You can see in the hateful way he shouts his speeches,” he said.
Trump then said the “only way” he could lose Pennsylvania is through an extension allowing ballots to be counted through Nov. 6.
“What’s the extension all about?” Trump asked. “Wouldn’t you like to hear November third? We win, we lose?”
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Pennsylvania can count mail-in ballots until Friday after Election Day, despite Republican objections.
The high court denied a GOP request to fast-track a decision on blocking vote counting after Nov. 3 – meaning that as long as ballots are postmarked by Election Day, they can arrive three days after Tuesday and still count.
“We get many disappointing opinions from the Supreme Court. They talk about we control Supreme Court, we don’t control Supreme Court,” Trump said.
President Trump earlier Saturday told supporters in Bucks County, Pennsylvania that they have the chance to “save the American dream” by reelecting him Tuesday — while warning of “corrupt forces” seeking to replace him with Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
“This is the state where the story of American Independence began – it is the state where the American Constitution was signed, think of that – and three days from now this is the state that will save the American Dream,” he said too loud cheers from supporters.
“On Nov. 3 we are going to win Pennsylvania and we are going to win four more years in that very beautiful White House,” he said.
The Trump campaign is billing the speech as the beginning of Trump’s closing argument for Pennsylvania — a key swing state that could decide the election and that went for Trump in 2016.
In his address, he touched on themes of self-governance as he recalled America’s War of Independence – saying they were devoted to the principle of “self-government.”
“They were determined to live in a country where power belongs to the people,” he said. “That priceless inheritance is at stake just three days from now and a great red wave is forming.”
“They see it, they see it on all sides, and there’s not a thing they can do about it,” he said.
He presented the election as a choice between being ruled by a “corrupt political class,” or government by the people. Touching on the populist tone he took in the 2016 campaign, he accused the political class of “bleeding the American people dry” and letting American cities die.
“No one embodies this betrayal and treachery more than Joe Biden,” he said. “And worst of all the suppressed media and Big Tech refuses to cover the crime.”
Trump acccused the former vice president of wiping out Pennsylvania’s steel and by profiting from the “misery” of Pennsylvania’s workers by supporting “disastrous” trade deals and other policies.
He went on to warn of an effort by the “corrupt forces” to replace him with Biden.
“From day one, Washington insiders have been trying to stop me because they do not own me and they do not control me,” he said. “They want control, they don’t like what I’m doing.”
“If these corrupt forces succeed in electing Joe Biden, Washington will see to it that another outsider never becomes president again,” he said.
On the election, he touted his administration’s moves on the coronavirus and also bringing the economy back from the downturn associated with the virus.
Trump accused Biden of wanting to lockdown the country again — something Biden has floated if scientists recommended it, but has recently said he wouldn’t do.
“Biden’s plan will destroy America, my plan will destroy the virus and make America greater than it’s ever been,” he said.
Trump is speaking at four events in Pennsylvania on Saturday, while Biden is speaking at events in Michigan — where he will be joined for two of them by former President Barack Obama.
On Monday, the president will make stops in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and host two events in Michigan, ending his whirlwind of campaigning on the eve of the election in Grand Rapids, a repeat of his finale in 2016.
Biden’s camp plans to barnstorm Pennsylvania on Sunday and Monday, with Biden, his wife Jill Biden, and running mate California Sen. Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, fanning out across Pennsylvania to ask for last-minute votes.