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Biden: Trump is the ‘only senior’ the president cares about

Miami, US, Oct 13 (efe-epa).- The Democratic presidential candidate for the White House, Joe Biden, returned to Florida on Tuesday to address retirees, telling them that the “only senior” that United States President Donald Trump cares about is himself.

“The only senior that Donald Trump cares about — the only senior — is the senior Donald Trump,” Biden said.

In two speeches in the cities of Pembroke Pines and Miramar, the Democrat elaborated on his health program, a plan to lower the costs of prescription drugs and Trump’s “chaotic and divisive” leadership on COVID-19, which has left more than 215,000 dead in the country.

“He’s never been focused on what matters. He’s never been focused on you. His handling of this pandemic has been erratic, just like his presidency has been,” Biden said.

Speaking before a small audience, in contrast to the massive Trump rallies, where the use of masks and social distancing have been almost non-existent, Biden was outraged by the “reckless” behavior of the Republican.

He noted that wearing masks alone is estimated to save 100,000 lives in the coming months.

Biden regretted that the president said that COVID-19 “affects virtually nobody, just elderly people with heart and other problems.”

“He was talking about America’s seniors. He was talking about you… you’re expendable. You’re forgettable. You’re virtually nobody. That’s how he sees seniors. That’s how he sees you,” he said.

He also criticized the Republican’s change of opinion on the next stimulus package to face the pandemic: “One day he’s tweeting that the relief package is too big. The next day saying it’s too small. It’s all game. He thinks he’s still on his game show. ”

Mitchell Berger, 64, said at the Pembroke Pines event, that Trump’s mishandling of the coronavirus has boosted support for Biden among the senior community in the state.

“Biden has a natural affinity with older people,” Berger said of the 77-year-old Democrat, formerly Barack Obama’s vice president.

After last week addressing Miami’s Cuban community, which has shown an inclination for Trump, and the Haitian community, who leans towards Kamala Harris, born to a Jamaican father and in the running for the vice-presidency with Biden, the Democrat now seeks to improve his popularity with the so-called “gray vote.”

Three weeks ahead of the presidential election, Biden maintains a very narrow lead over Trump in Florida, a swing state with the second-largest number of seniors in proportion to its population.

The vote of the elderly is decisive in Florida, according to AARP, a non-profit organization with more than 38 million members and dedicated to those aged over 50, which recalled that they made up 60 percent of the state’s voters in the 2016 election.

Biden accused Trump of wanting to end the tax that finances Social Security, and of wanting to repeal in the US Supreme Court the Affordable Care Act, approved under the Obama government.

He said this would eliminate the ability of seniors to get free preventative services and annual checkups and mammograms under Medicare, the federal health program for adults 65 and up, as well as increasing prices of prescription drugs for millions of seniors and putting the Medicare Trust Fund at risk.

“All this president knows how to do is play games with people’s lives and families’ futures,” he said.

He also regretted that Trump has politicized the creation of the vaccine against COVID-19 and health care, noting that in the middle of the campaign the president is offering the elderly a discount on prescription drugs.

“His latest gimmick, he wants to mail seniors a $200 prescription drug cash card with his name on it. So you’re going to get it before election with his name on it,” Biden scoffed.

He added that the Republican has threatened to veto a bill promoted for years by Democrats in the Lower House to reduce the costs of prescription drugs.

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