Joe Biden called Donald Trump supporters 'chumps' when they tried to crash his drive-by Pennsylvania rally Saturday morning as he defended its small size and made a thinly veiled dig at the president saying he doesn't want his events to be 'superspreaders'.
The Democratic candidate vowed to 'take back our democracy' and insisted he would protect Pennsylvania jobs by creating 'millions' of green energy jobs, as he told supporters the election could be won or lost by the state.
Biden made his first of two stops in his native state Saturday at Bucks County Community College, in Bucks County, Bristol, as the two hopefuls ramp up their campaign trail with less than two weeks to go until the election.
He opted for a drive-by rally in order to limit the risk of spreading coronavirus that has so far killed more than 228,000 Americans this year.
Around 100 cars decorated with Biden 2020 signs gathered in the parking lot for the socially distanced event.
Joe Biden made a thinly veiled dig at Donald Trump at a rally in Pennsylvania (pictured) telling supporters he doesn't want his events to be 'superspreaders' as he vowed to 'take back our democracy' and told the supporters the election could be won or lost by the state
Around 100 cars decorated with Biden 2020 signs gathered in the parking lot for the socially distanced event in Bucks County, Bristol
The Democratic candidate made his first of two stops in his native state Saturday at Bucks County Community College, in Bucks County, Bristol, as the two hopefuls ramp up their campaign trail with less than two weeks to go until the election
Biden hit out at a group of Trump supporters who had flocked to a parking lot close to his rally in Bucks County where they waved Trump flags and honked their horns and shouted through a megaphone to try to disturb his event.
'We don't do things like those chumps out there with the microphones, those Trump guys,' he said.
However, he vowed that he would still 'work as hard' for them if he is elected, despite their opposition.
'I'll work as hard for those who don't support me as those who do, including those chumps out there with a microphone' he said.
Biden told his supporters he misses up-close campaigning, but that distance is 'necessary' because he doesn't want his events to 'superspreaders'.
'I don't like the idea of all this distance, but it's necessary,' he said.
'We don't want to become superspreaders.'
Biden appeared to be taking aim at Trump who is plowing ahead with three large rallies Saturday despite the US recording a new grim record Saturday for the highest number of new cases in a single day.
Trump's rallies are known to draw in crowds of maskless supporters with social distancing and face coverings not enforced at the events.
The president himself contracted the virus after holding an apparent 'superspreader' event in the Rose Garden at the end of September after which multiple attendees tested positive and Trump was hospitalized for four days.
Biden also hit out at Trump over reports of the president's Chinese bank accounts.
'He's paid 50 times more in taxes in Beijing than he's paid in America,' he said.
The New York Times revealed this month that Trump owns an undisclosed bank account in China and has paid nearly $200,000 in taxes in the country.
This undermines his own claims of Biden's son Hunter's alleged business dealings there.
Biden told supporters he misses up-close campaigning, but that distance is 'necessary' because he doesn't want his events to 'superspreaders' in a dig at Trump who is plowing ahead with three large rallies Saturday despite the US recording a new grim record for COVID cases
Biden at the rally with wife Jill. Biden also hit out at Trump over his Chinese bank accounts saying 'he's paid 50 times more in taxes in Beijing than he's paid in America'
The Democrat urged Americans to 'take back our democracy' and channeled JFK's 'man on the moon' speech as he promised to lead America out of hardship
It also comes as Trump reportedly paid just $750 of tax in America for the years 2016 and 2017.
Biden urged Americans to 'take back our democracy' and channeled President John F. Kennedy's 'man on the moon' speech as he promised to lead America out of the pandemic, the racial injustice and economic hardship.
'He said we're gonna do it because we refuse to postpone. I refuse to postpone the work we must do,' Biden said of Kennedy as people honked their car horns loudly in a show of support.
Biden acknowledged the nation's current state of division and promised to reunite the country, also echoing the message of his former colleague Barack Obama when he won the presidential election in 2008.
'We choose hope over fear. We choose unity over division. Science over fiction. Truth over lies. And yes, honor and integrity over lying,' said Biden.
'We choose hope over fear. We choose unity over division,' Biden told supporters who honked their horns in support
Pennsylvania is a key battleground state and Biden told the crowd 'it may come down to Pennsylvania. And I believe in you'
Some areas of Pennsylvania are heavily dependent on the energy sector. Biden angered some oil industry advocacy groups by suggesting during this week's presidential debate the US will have to transition away from fossil fuels. He addressed the concerns Saturday saying he would 'protect Pennsylvania jobs, period' and create 'millions' of new green jobs
'It's time to stand up. Let's take back our Democracy now. We can do this. There's nothing we cannot do.'
He was joined at the rally by his wife Jill, former Bucks County Congressman Patrick Murphy, and Christina Finello, the Democrat candidate running to replace Republican US Representative Brian Fitzpatrick who all also spoke at the event.
Biden will head to another rally in the state in Luzerne County where he will be joined by music star Jon Bon Jovi who has pledged support for the candidate.
Bon Jovi is set to perform at the drive-in rally, reminding some of election day eve in 2016, when he was part of a huge outdoor concert with the Obamas and then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia - hours before Clinton lost to Trump.
Bernie Sanders will also campaign for Biden in Pittsburgh Saturday as the former Democrat presidential candidate competitor gets behind Biden.
Barack Obama went to the state earlier this week for his first in-person campaign event on behalf of his former vice president.
Pennsylvania is a key battleground state that Biden hopes to secure the backing of as election day looms ever closer.
The Democratic presidential nominee is a Scranton native.
Bucks County, southeast of Allentown, voted narrowly Democratic in 2016.
Meanwhile Luzerne County, northwest of Bucks County and close to Scranton, went easily Republican four years ago.
Biden told the crowd in Bucks County Saturday that the future of the country could rest in their hands.
Biden will head to another rally in Luzerne County where he will be joined by music star Jon Bon Jovi who has pledged support for the candidate
Biden insisted he would not ban fracking. 'I'm not banning fracking in Pennsylvania or anywhere else,' said Biden. 'And I'm going to protect Pennsylvania jobs, period'
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden waves during the campaign stop at Bucks County
'It may come down to Pennsylvania,' Biden told the crowd.
'And I believe in you. I believe in my state.'
Some areas of Pennsylvania are heavily dependent on the energy sector.
The former vice president angered some oil industry advocacy groups by suggesting during this week's presidential debate that the US will have to transition away from fossil fuels eventually if it is going to get serious about climate change.
Biden has insisted the process would be very gradual and that he has a post-coronavirus pandemic economic plan that can create 'millions' of new green jobs by shifting the energy sector onto a more sustainable path.
'I'm not banning fracking in Pennsylvania or anywhere else,' said Biden.
'And I'm going to protect Pennsylvania jobs, period.'
On an episode of 'Pod Save America' released Saturday Biden warned that climate change is 'the number one issue facing humanity'.
'Unchecked, it is going to actually bake this planet,' he said.
'We cannot discount the concerns of people, what it means for their well-being and not only in the future and now, but what about how they make a living?'
Biden said some unions have endorsed his economic plan to retrofit infrastructure to make it more environmentally friendly.
Trump is also going after battleground states Saturday holding three rallies in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin as he attempts to draw in votes with 10 days to go until the election.
Polls show the race in all three states is tight.
He spoke to a few thousand people in North Carolina at the first event - many of them maskless and not social distancing.
This comes as the US has hit a daily record of coronavirus cases with more than 83,000 reported infections.
The US death toll has topped 228,000 with more than 8 million infections.