In his last campaign event of his 2020 campaign, President Donald Trump said before a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s views on energy, the Second Amendment and religion would prevent Biden from winning Tuesday’s Texas election.
Texas has traditionally voted for Republican presidential candidates since 1980. During the 2016 election between Trump and Hillary Clinton, Trump carried Texas by 9 percentage points. However, Biden’s campaign has made strong advances in the state, especially among Latin American voters. Trump said he “knows for sure” that his campaign in Texas is going well.
In his speech, which began at about 12:00 EST, Trump said that some of Biden’s policies would not be beneficial to Texas.
“You know they say Texas could be good, even, you know, then you think Sleepy Joe Biden is against guns,” Trump said. “That’s not good for Texas. He’s against oil. Oil is not good. If you’re against oil, it’s not good politics. And he’s against God. If you have guns, oil and God, and he’s good for Texas? I don’t think so.”
Washington Newsday asked the Biden campaign for a comment.
Trump was the top of the Texas election averages on Tuesday according to Real Clear Politics. Trump held 47.7 percent of voter support, while Biden held 46.5 percent, a difference of 1.2 percentage points. Although election day in the U.S. is scheduled for Tuesday, many voters in Texas have already made their choice between presidential candidates. According to the U.S. Election Project, which monitored the early voting, 9,719,101 voters in Texas either voted in person early or returned ballots by mail.
In 2019, Texas was the number one producer of natural gas and crude oil in the U.S. according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Trump has claimed that Biden will abolish the fossil fuel industry by banning fracking. During the final presidential debate in October, Biden said he would “move away from the oil industry to renewable energy sources. Trump encouraged Texas voters to remember Biden’s statement when they voted.
After the debate, Biden clarified his position by telling reporters that his government would abolish fossil fuel subsidies without completely eliminating the industry. Biden’s declared energy policy does not explicitly prohibit fracking, but would prohibit the start of new fracking projects on state farms.
Trump has repeatedly claimed that Biden would act to deprive Americans of the right to own firearms. If Biden wins the election, Trump twittered in August, “your guns will be taken away immediately and without notice. Biden’s published gun control policy does not mention the abolition of the Second Amendment.
In a Sunday tweet, Biden wrote that it is “long overdue that we take action to end the scourge of gun violence in America. Biden added that he would ban assault weapons and large-capacity magazines while introducing background checks on all gun sales.
Trump, who has made his life-affirming stance a major topic of conversation in his campaign, criticized Biden’s pro-choice stance, saying Biden would “hurt God.
Biden, a practicing Catholic, called Trump’s comments “shameful” in an August statement. Biden said his faith “keeps me grounded in fact and humility in times of triumph and joy”.