Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has drawn criticism after calling Trump supporters who interrupted his drive-in rally by honking horns as "ugly people".
& # 39; DR. Fauci called for a mask mandate last week. This is not a political statement like those ugly people over there who beep the horn. This is a patriotic duty for God's sake! & # 39; said Biden at a rally on Friday in St. Paul, Minnesota.
It came less than a minute after Biden said, "We need a president who brings us together, not pulls us apart."
The drive-in rally was by invitation only, with details mailed to a small list of party activists, and in the parking lot, even the cars were socially distant and parked about 10 to 20 feet apart.
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Biden called Trump supporters "ugly people" on Friday when they protested outside his drive-in rally in St. Paul, Minnesota. Above, Trump supporters wave flags in the background of the rally as Biden addresses his loyalists
Biden's drive-in rally was only possible by invitation. Details were sent to a small list of party activists, and in the parking lot, even the cars were socially distant and parked about 10 to 20 feet apart
Trump supporters protest outside the gates as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at a car campaign at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minnesota on Friday
A crowd of Trump supporters gathered in front of the fence, waving flags and displaying signs in support of the Republican candidate.
It was followed by Biden, who called Trump supporters a "sucker" when they tried to crash his drive-by rally in Pennsylvania last weekend.
Biden's critics accused him of repeating Hillary Clinton's infamous "basket of deplorable" remark from the 2016 campaign.
"I think calling those who support another political candidate" idiots and ugly people "is a step further than" deplorable ones, "" noted a Twitter user.
Radio host Derek Hunter mocked Biden's remarks in a tweet, writing in the candidate's voice: “I'll end the naming and bring the country together, as opposed to the ugly people there, the idiots who disagree with me. They probably work in the oil and gas industry and complain that I'm going to put them out of work. Well, fuck it. & # 39;
Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, speaks at a rally at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Supporters snap pictures while listening to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in Minnesota
Supporters attend a rally for Biden at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul on Friday
Trump supporters protest outside the gates as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in rally
Jason Lewis, a Republican candidate for the US Senate in Minnesota, questioned Biden for calling himself the candidate "who brings us together, doesn't pull us apart" and then insulted his opponent's supporters.
Biden's remarks came on a day he and President Donald Trump dueled rallies in the Midwest in the final days of the election.
Trump and Biden each stormed three core states, highlighting their differences in a race overshadowed by the pandemic.
Trump ushered in a "big day" of the campaign when he left the White House and then held a rally in Michigan before heading to Wisconsin and Minnesota, where all states battled the rising numbers of virus cases.
Biden was dull in Wisconsin and Minnesota too, hosting a third drive-in rally in Iowa.
A participant watches from his vehicle as Biden speaks during a drive-in campaign stop in St. Paul
A large crowd of Trump supporters protest as Biden supporters gather to hear Joe Biden in Minnesota
In Minnesota, Biden It has been advised to condemn looting and violence, which Trump often claims he will not.
"While Donald Trump did not condemn white supremacy, we can achieve racial justice," Biden said at another of his auto rallies, this time in St. Paul.
"The time for protest has broken out across the country because the life and dignity of George Floyd, who is seven miles from here and so many others who mattered, was senselessly killed," he said.
& # 39; Protesting and burning and looting is not a protest. It's violence, it's plain and simple, and it won't be tolerated, ”Biden said, alluding to the street violence that occurred after a video aired about Floyd's murder.
But then he spoke to the peaceful protests that sparked a nationwide movement. "But these protests are a call for justice," said Biden.
"True justice is also economic justice, access to schools, housing, access to capital," he said.