President Trump said the nation couldn’t be kept in an unending lockdown, pointing to the economic devastation in New York — which has become “a ghost town.”
“If you go and look what has happened to New York? It’s a ghost town. Take a look at what’s happening to New York. It’s dying,” Trump said at the second and final presidential debate in Nashville, Tenn. — accusing Democratic nominee Joe Biden of devastating businesses through strict lockdowns.
“Putting up plexiglass is unbelievable expensive and it’s not the answer. I mean, you’re going to sit there in a cubicle wrapped in plastic? These are businesses that a dying Joe, you can’t do that to people,” he said, also lashing Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the city’s harsh lockdowns.
“Take a look at New York and what’s happened to my wonderful city for for so many years I loved it, it was vibrant. It’s dying, everyone’s leaving New York,” he said.
Biden responded by saying he didn’t see “red states” and “blue states” but blamed GOP state leaders for creating large spikes with relaxed social distancing measures.
“We have to say wear these masks, number one, make sure we get the help that the businesses need — the money’s already been passed to do that, It’s been out there since the end of this summer and nothing’s happened,” he said, lashing lawmakers for their inaction on COVID relief.
Nearly 60 percent of businesses that closed nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic are never reopening again, according to a report released this month.
It was the pair’s first meeting since Trump contracted the coronavirus and then forced the cancelation of the second debate by boycotting it when organizers announced it would be made virtual.
The first Trump-Biden debate in Cleveland, Ohio, was panned as shambolic shouting match as the candidates spoke over each other and moderator Chris Wallace struggled to maintain control.