NC Democrats slam Trump's handling of COVID-19 pandemic ahead of rescheduled Fayetteville rally

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Thursday, October 29, 2020
NC Dems slam Trump's handling of pandemic ahead of Fayetteville rally
Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin was joined by the Biden campaign as he criticized President Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and economy ahead of his -- now rescheduled -- rally in the North Carolina city.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) -- North Carolina Democrats and the Biden campaign teamed up ahead of President Trump's -- now rescheduled -- second rally in Fayetteville.

On Monday, Trump will visit the Tar Heel State and it will mark his ninth visit after his initial Thursday visit was canceled due to a wind advisory.

"We've seen what's happened over the last four years: our economy has tanked, race relations are at an all-time high and we don't have an answer for the pandemic," said Mayor Mitch Colvin.

Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin, Senator Kirk Deviere and congressional candidate Pat Timmons-Goodson held a press conference on the campus of Fayetteville State University. The local politicians slammed President Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic while holding rallies as many urge him not to.

"He's putting the health of people in Cumberland County at risk. (And) he's putting the health of North Carolinians at risk by coming in here, not wearing masks and having the type of events that they're having," said Sen. Deviere.

Five days out from the election, Timmons-Goodson told ABC11 early voters are waiting in long lines at polling locations across the county because they are seeking new leadership.

"We have folks who have lost loved ones to this pandemic. We have folks who realize there's no plan to deal with this. We're not much better off than we were when the virus began. That's as a result of this leadership," said Timmons-Goodson.

President Trump plans to make a final pitch to North Carolinians ahead of election day as Colvin urges supporters to stay safe.

"I ask everyone to please wear a mask. Do those common-sense things of social distancing, wash your hands and let's not spread this virus further in our community," said Colvin.

The string of criticisms come a day after Governor Cooper indirectly took aim at Trump's campaign rallies during a Wednesday task force meeting.

On Thursday, a North Carolina health department announced that two people tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a Gastonia campaign rally for Trump.