The US President Donald Trump encourages his supporters to vote twice and slammed his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, as a 'puppet of extremists' and also mocks the way Biden wears his mask at a Pennsylvania rally on Thursday.
A maskless President Trump expressed the importance of wearing face-coverings to a packed, non-socially distanced crowd during a rally.
The huge crowd stood closely together, often shoulder-to-shoulder. Many were clad in Trump memorabilia, few opted to wear face masks.
Speaking to rally-goers in Pennsylvania, Trump told the crowd that he is 'all for' wearing masks, and urged them to be careful during the upcoming Labor Day weekend, telling them to keep at a distance and regularly wash their hands, 'and things like that'.
Trump also made fun at Biden says, "Did you ever see a man who likes a mask as much as him?"
"He has it hanging down. Because it gives him a feeling of security. If I were a psychiatrist, right, you know I'd say: 'This guy's got some big issues. Hanging down. Hanging down,'' said Trump.
"Distance on the weekend and all of that stuff. Wear your mask when you're close together in particular and wash your hands, all of those things," he told his supporters.
He also defended his controversial statement calling on people to vote by mail-in ballot, follow their vote, and vote again if they believe it has not been tabulated, igniting a furor for appearing to urge a potential act of voter fraud.
The statement followed his comment on Wednesday in an interview in Wilmington, North Carolina when he said "Let them send it in and let them go vote. "And if the system is as good as they say it is, then obviously they won't be able to vote" in person, he said.
Trump has repeatedly asserted, without evidence, that mail-in voting - expanded by some states because of the coronavirus pandemic - would increase fraud and disrupt the November election, although experts say voter fraud of any kind is extremely rare in the United States.
Trump’s campaign believes its efforts to paint Biden as weak on crime will help Trump win back suburban voters, and especially women, who supported him in 2016 but have since soured on him.