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Trump restarts re-election campaign attacking Democrats' left
Trump restarts re-election campaign attacking Democrats' left

New York, June 21 (TIWN) Defying the coronavirus pandemic, US President Donald Trump has re-launched his re-election campaign with sharp attacks on the left and the radicals tying them to the Democratic Party.

The Saturday rally in Tulsa in Oklahoma, a state dominated by his Republican party, was his first public meeting since March 2 when the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted his campaign.  In his speech of about of 100 minutes, Trump called his Democratic Party rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, a "helpless puppet of the left" but underlining his attacks on him as a person of diminished capacities manipulated by others said that he was himself far from being a radical but was used by the left. 

"I don''t think he knows what he is any more. But he''s controlled by the radical left," he said.  To appeal to voters in the middle, he targeted the continuing protests around the country sparked by the extra-judicial killing of an African-American man by police in Minneapolis that have led to calls for abolishing the police and for rewriting the nation''s history and removing statues and memorials to the nation''s founding fathers and national heroes who owned slaves.  The unhinged left-wing mob is trying to vandalise our history, desecrating our monuments, our beautiful monuments, tear down our statues." 

He accused the Democrats of trying to "demolish our heritage so they can impose their new oppressive regime in its place". 

Trump did not mention George Floyd, whose killing in Minneapolis is behind the national protests, or talk about police brutality against minorities.  He did make two racially insensitive remarks: He used the Spanish word for man, asking who would people turn to when a "hombre" tries to break into their house and referred to COVID-19 as the "Kung-Flu", which would be seen as mocking the Chinese American minority.  Trump boasted about the economic progress made till the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world and spoke of the stock markets'' rebound since then, although the unemployment is high.  Americans would lose their stock market-linked retirement savings and future economic progress if the Democrats came to power with a radical agenda, he said.  He defended his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and played down the importance of testing saying the 25 million tests conducted were 20 million more than was needed.

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