USA

Trump says NYC has become ‘ghost down’ under Democratic COVID-19 shutdowns

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.

Football news:

Pepe apologized for the red in the match with Leeds: there is no excuse for My behavior. I am deeply sorry
Manchester City have prepared a 10-year plan for Messi. After finishing his career, they want to make him an Ambassador for the club (The Times)
A Preston player who twice touched an opponent's genitals can be disqualified for 3 matches
Griezmann about his childhood: I tried to get into 10 clubs in France, but no one gave me a chance
Austin Matthew McConaughey (co-owner) is preparing for MLS: all season tickets have been sold, although there are only 2 players in the team, and the stadium (for $240 million) is still under construction
Lineker on Liverpool: Huge praise for Klopp's spectacular performance despite injuries
Griezmann on the match with Argentina at the 2018 world Cup: Offered Deschamps 4-4-2 and personal custody of Messi. He listened