In some of his most pointed words yet about the apparent lack of energy emanating from his general election opponent, President Trump said Friday that America deserves a leader “that’s going to work his ass off” for the good of the country. In front of a massive crowd in Newport News, Virginia, Trump said that Biden’s limited campaign schedule was enough to show that the Democrat does not have what it takes to handle the stressful job of the presidency.
“I got a guy, he stays in his basement all day long and I’m doing this,” Trump said. “I don’t know. If he wins, I’m gonna be very embarrassed. I’ll say, ‘Gee, I worked so hard, and he didn’t work at all.’”
As the crowd cheered, Trump noted that Biden often ends his campaigning shortly after beginning each day.
“How can we have Joe Biden representing this country? And you know he’s on the lid, you know the lid right? The lid is when they say, ‘We’re gonna put a lid on it,’” Trump explained. “It’s an expression. And every day early in the morning, they say, ‘Joe – I mean Joe Biden – Sleepy Joe, he’s put a lid on it. Sir, Biden has put a lid on it. What does that mean?’ That means he’s not working today.”
Trump shook his head.
“This guy takes four days off. You have to have a president that’s gonna work his ass off for this country. You need a very energetic president,” he continued.
The New York Post outlined the last few days of Biden’s less-than-busy campaign schedule:
Biden’s campaign called an early-afternoon lid — at 1:02 p.m. — on Friday after visiting Washington for an event honoring the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
On Thursday, Biden’s team declared a lid at 9:20 a.m.
On Wednesday a lid came at 8:04 pm after a day trip to North Carolina. But on Tuesday there was another early-morning lid at 9:22 am.
At the rally, Trump noted that he’d awakened at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, addressing supporters in Florida and Georgia before hosting a roundtable event in Washington that afternoon. And here he was, standing in front of a Virginia crowd at 9 in the evening.
“I woke up at six in the morning. I read some papers. I read the fake news, and then I was in Florida early in the morning and then I went to Florida and we did a big round table with the Hispanics — they were great,” he said. “And then we flew to Atlanta. Then we flew to Washington, where we had a round table. And then I say, ‘Well, that’s it for the night, right?’ I said, ‘Where are we going tonight?’ I said, ‘Let’s go back to the White House, let’s see our first lady.’ And they said, ‘No, sir, you have a rally scheduled.’”
This is the kind of schedule you have to keep if you’re going to be the President of the United States. It is one of the most demanding jobs in the world.
Can a candidate who habitually wraps up his day at nine in the morning handle it?