Trump Says If Biden Wins, Religion Will Be Gone

TEHRAN ( Iran News ) – US President Donald Trump assailed likely opponent Joe Biden as “not competent” to lead the country, speaking as polls over the weekend showed deepening voter disenchantment with his own handling of the coronavirus pandemic. “He’s shot, he’s mentally shot,“ Trump said about Biden in a wide-ranging interview with “Fox News Sunday.” He said that if Biden is elected on November 3, he will “destroy this country.” Facing the multiple challenges of a spreading pandemic, racial unrest, and a struggling economy, Trump made several unfounded or highly speculative accusations against the former vice president, saying Biden would “triple your taxes” and “defund the police.” He added, “Religion will be gone, “referring to Democratic officials banning large church services to stem the virus spread. Asked whether he would accept the election result in November, even if he loses, Trump echoed his position of 2016, saying, “I have to see … I’m not going to just say yes.” The interview, which was taped in advance, came as new polling results showed support for Biden surging as doubts about Trump’s handling of the pandemic grow amid a resurgence in many states.