Just hours before Air Force One landed in Wisconsin on Tuesday evening for a campaign rally one week before Election Day, health officials in the Badger State reported their worst numbers yet in the Coronavirus outbreak, with a record number of daily cases and a record number of virus deaths.
Wisconsin has been the center of the most recent surge in infections, reporting 5,262 new cases on Tuesday, along with 64 virus deaths, both records for the state.
“We have to get this virus under control,” said Gov. Tony Evers (D).
“So, here’s the bottom line: stay home,” Evers said.
In a state where Republican legislators and judges have blocked multiple efforts by Evers to clamp down on the virus, the Governor jabbed at the President over the virus outbreak.
“I see that the White House has given up on this issue and they’re focusing on things that are down the road,” Evers told reporters.
One week before the elections, the President was giving himself high praise for his work on the virus.
“Voters are judging me on a lot of things, and one of the things we’ve done a really good job on is COVID,” the President told reporters as he left the White House, again ridiculing the press for its focus on the outbreak, which has killed over 220,000 Americans.
“Fake News Media is going full on COVID, COVID, COVID,” the President tweeted. “We are rounding the turn. 99.9%.”
But on the ground in Wisconsin, doctors asked the President not to hold his rally, amid evidence that earlier visits had resulted in an increased number of virus cases in the state.
While the President said the U.S. is doing better, there was no evidence in the numbers that the U.S. was ‘rounding the turn’ on October 27, as the 7-day average of new cases went over 70,000 per day for the first time, with deaths now averaging just over 800 per day.
“Imagine where we’d be today if the president practiced social distancing instead of holding super spreader events,” Biden said during a stop in Georgia.
Republicans mocked Biden for that trip, as pictures showed a sparse crowd - unlike the large gatherings for the President.
But the Biden team planned it that way.
“We’re not putting on super spreaders,” Biden told reporters.