President Donald Trump attacked Joe Biden on Monday, as the former vice president picked up a key union endorsement and prepared to hold his first campaign event in a state Trump narrowly won in 2016.
With Biden holding a rally in Pittsburgh after receiving the endorsement of the country’s largest firefighters’ union, Trump tweeted that the “fake news” media was “pushing Sleepy Joe hard” and said while he’d never get union leadership support, “the members love Trump.”
The International Association of Fire Fighters union said in a video that it was endorsing Biden, marking the first endorsement of a 2020 Democratic candidate by a major national labor union. Trump beat Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania by less than a percentage point, with the state choosing a Republican for the first time since George H.W. Bush. Biden leads the field of Democratic contenders in polls about the nomination, and on Friday his campaign said it had raised $6.3 million in its first 24 hours — beating the Day One totals of his rivals.
NRA ‘UNDER SIEGE’
Trump also on Twitter called the National Rifle Association “under siege” by New York’s attorney general, who is probing potential financial and disclosure problems at the gun-rights group.
The president charged that Attorney General Letitia James and Gov. Andrew Cuomo were “illegally using the state’s legal apparatus to take down and destroy this very important organization, & others.” Trump also called for the NRA to “get its act together quickly, stop the internal fighting, & get back to GREATNESS — FAST!” Cuomo dismissed Trump’s charge about the probe’s legality in a statement.
Trump’s tweet came as the NRA is facing internal turmoil, with Oliver North saying Saturday he wouldn’t serve a second term as president. North said he believes a committee should be set up to review the NRA’s finances.
Trump’s NRA tweet came after another in which he said he’d spoken with Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who was wounded in the Saturday shooting at a San Diego-area synagogue. One woman was killed and two other people were wounded. The suspect, 19-year-old John Earnest, was charged with one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder. The shooting is being treated as a hate crime.
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