Biden blasts Trump ahead of his visit to Georgia

In this Sept. 23, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a Biden for President Black economic summit at Camp North End in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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Former Vice President Joe Biden blasted President Donald Trump’s “failed leadership” amid the coronavirus pandemic and movement for social justice ahead of the Republican’s visit Friday to Atlanta.

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“Black Georgians have been hit particularly hard by this crisis — 3,000 Black Georgians have died, 430,000 Black Georgians are uninsured, and 11.8% of Black Georgians have been left jobless,” he said in a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“And, in the midst of this global health pandemic and economic crisis, President Trump is still working to tear down the Affordable Care Act and take away protections for Georgians with pre-existing conditions.”

Trump is on the defensive in Georgia, where a recent AJC poll showed him knotted up with Biden at 47% apiece. The president’s visit aims to woo Black voters who are on the fence about the race, and Trump is expected to roll out a plan that includes making Juneteenth a federal holiday.

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Here’s the full statement:

Four years ago, President Trump ran on a platform to make America great again. Yet under President Trump’s failed leadership, nearly 6,800 Georgians have died from the coronavirus. Black Georgians have been hit particularly hard by this crisis — 3,000 Black Georgians have died, 430,000 Black Georgians are uninsured, and 11.8% of Black Georgians have been left jobless. And, in the midst of this global health pandemic and economic crisis, President Trump is still working to tear down the Affordable Care Act and take away protections for Georgians with pre-existing conditions.

We are in a battle for the soul of our nation and the stakes of this election could not be higher. Congressman John Lewis understood that part of being an American means doing what we can, with the time we have, to achieve the promise of our nation — that we are all created equal and deserve to be treated equally.

As President, I will work to advance racial equity across the American economy and build back better. I promise to fight for Black working families and direct real investments to advance racial equity as part of our nation’s economic recovery.

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