President-elect Joe Biden returned to Atlanta Monday to campaign for Senate hopefuls Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock ahead of the Democrats’ must-win run-off races tomorrow.
Biden kept quiet about President Donald Trump’s latest political scandal – that in a leaked tape with Geogia’s secretary of state he called on him to ‘find 11,780 votes’ – enough to overtake Biden’s Peach State win.
Instead the incoming president blasted the outgoing one for phoning it in.
‘The president spends more time whining and complaining than doing something about the problem,’ Biden said. ‘I don’t know why he still wants the job, he doesn’t want to do the work.’
President-elect Joe Biden returned to Georgia Monday to campaign for Senate hopefuls Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock ahead of Tuesday’s run-off races
Biden arrived at the Atlanta rally sporting his trademark aviator sunglasses. Voters in the state cast ballots in two Senate run-off races on Tuesday
Democratic Senate hopefuls Jon Ossoff (left) and Rev. Raphael Warnock wave to the crowd at an Atlanta rally Monday, headlined by President-elect Joe Biden
Trump has made few public appearances since Biden won the election.
Biden made the comments as he criticized the administration’s coronavirus vaccine roll-out.
‘It’s a shame what’s happening now,’ Biden said.
‘I’ve said it before, getting America vaccinated will be one of the most difficult operational challenges this nation has ever faced. But we’ve known it for the last months,’ he continued.
‘This administration has gotten off to a God awul start,’ the president-elect said.
December ended with about 10 per cent of the vaccinations completed compared to the administration’s original 20 million goal.
The Congressional session also ended without additional $2,000 stimulus checks getting passed.
Biden promised the Atlanta crowd that those checks would happen if Warnock and Ossoff were sworn in as senators.
‘If you send Jon and the reverend to Washington those $2,000 checks will go out the door restoring hope and decency and honor for so many people who are struggling right now,’ Biden said. ‘And if you sent Senators Perdue and Loeffler back to Washington those checks will never get there.’
Perdue and Loeffler backed the increased $2,000 stimulus checks once Trump named that as the amount he would go for.
The president brought up $2,000 checks in the 11th hour, after the House and Senate had passed a giant COVID-19 stimulus and spending bill – holding Washington hostage for several days with a veto threat.
Trump ended up signing the bill and a stand-alone $2,000 checks bill passed in the House, but died in the Senate where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn’t support it.
With a new Congress sworn-in Sunday, the $2,000 checks bill will have to be passed again in the House.
McConnell remains against it.
‘By electing Jon and the reverend you can break the gridlock that has gripped Washington and this nation,’ Biden said. ‘With their votes in the Senate we’ll be able to make the progress we need to make on jobs, on healthcare, on justice, on so many things.’
He commiserated with supporters saying, ‘I know this campaign has been exhausting.’
But begged them to vote or get out the vote, with just one day left.
‘One more day of making calls, and safely knocking on doors,’ Biden said.
If Ossoff and Warnock pull out a victory – and early numbers look promising for Democrats, though down-ballot wins are still considered a heavy lift in a state that’s historically been red – Democrats will have evened out the Senate 50-50.
With Vice President-elect Kamala Harris available to make a tie-breaker vote, the party will gain control away from McConnell, who will likely be a political thorn in Biden’s side.
In November, Biden, a Democrat, won Georgia for the first time since 1992.
Trump has continued to challenge the results in the state, while Republican officials were heard on a call with him Saturday saying they believed the state’s election was run properly.
Harris, during a campaign stop in Savannah Sunday, called out Trump for his pressure campaign.
‘Have ya’ll heard about that recorded conversation?’ she asked the crowd, who honked in affirmation.
Biden, Harris and other Democrats have been using drive-in style rallies to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
‘Well, it was, yes certainly the voice of desperation, most certainly that, and it was a bald, bald-faced bold abuse of power by the President of the United States,’ she said.
Biden side-stepped the issue at the Monday rally, instead trolling Trump about how many times he won Georgia.
‘Your votes were counted, the will of the people prevailed,’ Biden said. ‘We won three times here. Each recount, you know what I mean?’
‘I think we should count it as three states,’ he joked. ‘We won three times.’