President Donald Trump on Saturday called Joe Biden 'the worst' candidate who 'doesn't know he is alive' at a rally that violated Nevada's coronavirus regulations.
'He is the worst candidate in the history of presidential politics. He doesn't know he is alive,' Trump said at his rally at the Minden-Tahoe airport.
He also complained his Democratic rival will get a favorable comparison to Winston Churchill, the legendary British prime minister who lead the United Kingdom through World War II. Trump revers Churchill and often compares himself to the political icon.
'Winston Churchill was a great debater,' Trump said.
President Donald Trump called Joe Biden 'the worst' candidate who 'doesn't know he is alive'
President Trump's rally was moved to Minden after Reno officials canceled his rally there due to COVID concerns
The crowd at Trump's rally violated social distancing rules; Nevada only allows gatherings of 50 people
He said if Biden makes it to the debate and 'if he gets off the stage they're going to say it's the single greatest debate they've ever seen. Sleepy Joe was nothing compared to Winston Churchill.'
He repeated several of his previous insults of Biden. In addition to the 'Sleepy Joe,' he complained Biden is still in his basement, and railed against Biden's son Hunter.
'Joe is shot, let's face it,' Trump said.
'Using him is just an excuse to get the super libs in there,' he said.
He also argued a Biden presidency would ruin the economy. The president has made a strong economy a key to his re-election and it's one area where voters give him high marks.
'I think 1929 would look like good times,' Trump said.
The president also attacked his former Democratic rivals in addition to his 2020 opponent - bringing up Hillary Clinton's emails, which was a popular line for him on the 2016 campaign trail, and complaining about President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize.
Trump again attacked Clinton for using a private email server as secretary of state, which she was cleared of any wrong doing in an FBI investigation.
'She took her telephone and smashed it with a hammer and then deleted the emails,' Trump said.
'She illegally deleted and her lawyers should go to jail with her,' he added.
The crowd responded with 'lock her up' - a crowd favorite from the 2016 election.
'I don't care if you say it anymore,' Trump told them as they yelled the slogan.
He also turned his wrath on Obama.
'Obama came into office they gave him the Nobel prize almost immediately,' Trump said. 'And he had no idea why he got it and he was right about it.'
Obama received the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize - shortly after he took the oath of office in his first term - for his 'extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people'.
'I'm a hell of a lot better president than he is,' Trump said of Obama.
The crowd - not using social distancing and few wearing face masks - cheered on Trump
Supporters wave signs as they wait for Trump to arrive at his rally at the Minden-Tahoe Airport
Trump complained about Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize - Obama is seen with his diploma and gold medal during the Nobel ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo on December 10, 2009
He then turned his fury on the media, complaining his own nominations for the Nobel Prize didn't get adequate coverage in the media.
'So we were nominated a few days ago for a Nobel Peace Prize,' Trump said. 'And yesterday we were nominated a second time.'
'I got zero time on the nightly news – the network news,' he added.
As the crowd booed - with some yelling 'CNN sucks' - Trump continued on.
'The president is your country is honoured by being nominated by the Nobel Prize,' he said. 'Not one mention. These people are corrupt.'
Trump on Saturday dismissed Nevada's restrictions on crowd size because of the coronavirus pandemic and bragged his rally venue is 'packed.'
'We just landed in Nevada and we're very booked up. The venue is packed. 1,000 people — many times that,' he told reporters when he landed in Reno.
He ripped into Nevada's Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak for not allowing him to hold his rally at his original location - the Reno airport - because the state forbids gatherings of more than 50 people because of COVID.
'He tried to stop us. We went to different venues,' Trump told his rally. He charged Sisolak with 'calling venues and telling them' not to the let the campaign hold events.
The rally was packed with several thousand people with no social distancing and few people in the crowd wearing masks. The rows of people on bleachers behind the stage, and in view of the cameras, were wearing masks.
'We call it a protest so we can do it,' Trump said of his rally.
The president railed against the expanded mail-in voting options Nevada's state legislature allowed due to the coroanavirus pandemic, repeating his argument it would lead to a 'rigged' elections. Multiple studies have shown mail-in votes do not lead to election fraud.
'The governor tried to stop us and he couldn't but he's in control of millions of votes,' Trump said. 'He's a political hack.'sonos sonos