“Our whole country is suffering through the excruciating costs of having a negligent, divisive president who doesn’t give a damn about anything but his own gain – not the sick, not the jobless, not our constitution, and not our troops in harm’s way,” campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement of Trump. “Even as the outbreak ramps up, he’s admitted to ordering that the federal testing response be watered down.”
The Trump campaign hit back on Saturday, saying that “the idea that Biden, with his 40 plus years of DC failure, has any notion or ability to strengthen our union is absurd.”
“Because of political pressure from the left, Biden is forced to agree that America was fundamentally flawed from the beginning and remains so today. By contrast, President Trump is proud of our history and believes strongly in our present greatness,” Trump’s campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement.
Murtaugh added, “The culture war has been declared by the leftist mobs roaming the streets of our cities and toppling public monuments, and they are Joe Biden’s allies.”
Instead of hitting a more unifying tone during the Independence Day celebration, Trump fueled the culture war and made an impassioned appeal to his base, using pronouns like “we” and “they” and “them” in his remarks to draw a divide.
Trump claimed that the US was “doing better than any country had ever done in history, and not just us, any country” four months ago before it was “hit with this terrible plague from China.”
“Our country is coming back,” he said.
In further contrast to Trump, Biden on Saturday focused his July Fourth message on racial justice and called on Americans to “commit to finally fulfill” America’s founding principle that “all men are created equal.”
Biden later tweeted that “one of the most patriotic things you can do is wear a mask” during the coronavirus pandemic.
This story has been updated with a statement from the Trump campaign.
CNN’s Betsy Klein, Maeve Reston, Nicky Robertson and Megan Vasquez contributed to this report.