Trump campaign mocks Biden as he visits son’s grave on Election Day: ‘Fortunately he’s drawing flies'

President’s campaign issues poorly-timed attack as Democrat visits his son’s grave on final day of the election

Biden begins election day by going to church and family graves
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President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign issued a poorly-timed attack on his Democratic opponent, mocking former Vice President Joe Biden as he visited his son’s grave on Election Day morning.

Hogan Gidley, national press secretary for the president’s re-election campaign, wrote in a tweet on Tuesday as the Democratic nominee was leaving church after visiting the burial grounds where his son, Beau Biden, was buried: “Hey, anyone know if Joe Biden has called a ‘lid’ yet?”

The mocking tweet was part of a series of attacks Mr Trump’s campaign has lodged against Mr Biden, claiming the former vice president was not campaigning extensively for the White House and did not have the energy or mental fitness to the job.

Mr Biden and Democrats have condemned the president and his inner circle’s baseless attacks on the former vice president’s mental capacity in the final months of the campaign, saying Mr Trump was spewing disinformation as part of an attempt to hold onto his power, with national polls showing the Democrat with a significant lead in key battleground states.

The former vice president was scheduled to make his final campaign stops in Pennsylvania after spending the morning with his wife, Jill Biden, at church. 

Mr Trump, meanwhile, spent his morning lambasting his opponent on Fox News, while also calling out the conservative outlet for its coverage of the election. 

With a hoarse voice, the president claimed Mr Biden was “worried” about losing the state and back out campaigning in the final days of the campaign.

“Fortunately he’s drawing flies," he said about Mr Biden, "he’s not getting anybody to go listen to him too much. Actually, Fox puts him on more than anybody else, which is just sort of shocking to me, because Fox has changed a lot.”

Both the Republican incumbent and his Democratic opponent have issued their closing arguments in recent weeks across the country, with Mr Trump claiming his administration was spearheading a historic economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic, and Mr Biden arguing the president’s handling of the crisis was “almost criminal” and a failure of his duties.

Visiting several battleground states on Monday, the president played clips of Mr Biden at his campaign rally in an apparent attempt to mock his opponent during the final hours of the campaign season. 

National polls have shown Mr Biden with a considerable lead against Mr Trump.

The former vice president was leading in several key battleground states in the days leading up to Election Day, with a five percent lead in Pennsylvania, and stronger leads in states like Michigan and Wisconsin. 

Mr Trump noted on Tuesday morning how his opponent’s final campaign stops were in Pennsylvania, claiming Mr Biden was “worried” and campaigning in the state out of fear that he would face a defeat in the region.

In reality, the Biden campaign has long seen Pennsylvania as a battleground, having went to former President Barack Obama before going to Mr Trump in 2016. Democrats and polling analysts have said Mr Biden has a clear path to the White House if he can win the state. 

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