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Biden camp: Over 3,500 Americans died from COVID during GOP convention

 ·  Alex Seitz-Wald, NBC News   ·   Link to Article

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump covered a lot of ground in his lengthy speech accepting the GOP nomination Thursday, but Joe Biden's campaign said the one thing it lacked was a plan to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

"Since the beginning of the Republican convention, at least 3,525 Americans have lost their lives to the coronavirus," Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said in a statement.

"Instead of a strategy to overcome the pandemic, or any concern for the unbearable suffering in our country right now as a result of his ongoing failures, what we heard was a delusional vision completely divorced from the crushing reality that ordinary Americans face," she added.

Trump spoke to over 1,000 guests on the South Lawn of the White House, where chairs were arranged close together and few wore masks. Biden's press secretary, TJ Ducklo, quipped on Twitter that it was, the "lowest energy superspreader event I've ever seen."

Biden himself released a statement earlier, asking, "Is Donald Trump even aware he's president?" The statement referred to a major theme of the GOP convention that warned Biden's election would lead to looting and rioting. But Biden noted that's happening now.

"These are not images from some imagined 'Joe Biden's America' in the future. These are images from Donald Trump's America today," Biden said. "The violence we're witnessing is happening under Donald Trump. Not me. It’s getting worse, and we know why."

Biden got some outside help as the Republican convention wrapped up.

The father of the first person to die in combat under Trump, Navy SEAL Ryan Owens, slammed the president for ordering the botched raid in a new video released by the Democratic veteran's group VoteVets.

"Trump ordered Ryan’s SEAL team into Yemen — not from the Situation Room, with all the intelligence assembled, but sitting across a dinner table with Steve Bannon," Bill Owens, a veteran himself, says. "There was no vital interest at play. Just Donald Trump playing ‘big man going to war.'"