Call for unity at Gettysburg battlefield elicits angry response from Trump

Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, on Monday (AP)

Joe Biden delivered what could be remembered as the signature speech of his 2020 campaign so far, calling on Americans to ditch the fierce partisanship that has gripped the nation during the Donald Trump era and “turn division into unity.”

Biden delivered his modern-day Gettysburg-style address on the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania on Tuesday after extending his nationwide polling lead over Donald Trump by 16 points, according to CNN. 

The Democratic nominee himself attacked Trump’s decision to return to the White House after just three nights in hospital on Monday, condemning his maskless appearance on the Truman Balcony as “macho” and lacking consideration for a virus that has killed more than 210,000 Americans.

The results of Biden’s most recent coronavirus test, meanwhile, were negative. If he remains Covid free, and the president recovers, the two are on a collision course for the second debate on 15 October.

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