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Biden berates ‘narcissist’ Trump, sees fundraising surge

Washington: Mounting one of his most scathing attacks against Donald Trump, former US Vice President Joe Biden said the President’s narcissism has become more important than the nation’s well-being.

“He thinks division helps him,” Biden said in a speech at Philadelphia’s City Hall.

Bashing Trump’s handling of the protests and riots in the country following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said: “the American people can be forgiven for believing that the president is more interested in power than in principle, more interested in serving the passions of his base than the needs of the people in his care.”

Biden’s comments came after police used tear gas, flash grenades and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters near the White House so that Trump, after finishing a speech during which he threatened to send in the military to quell the escalating chaos, could visit the St. John’s Episcopal Church, where he stood for a photo op.

Taking further digs at Trump for brandishing the Bible outside St John’s Church, Biden said the US President could have “learned something” from it rather than posing with it.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden’s campaign for president is seeing a surge in fundraising in the wake of George Floyd’s death, particularly as President Trump comes under scrutiny for his response to protests across the country. 

Biden supporters and bundlers have seen a massive uptick in new contributions and donor commitments since the protests began last week, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Fundraisers said that they have each helped to raise between $200,000 and more than $1 million over the past week. In some cases, bundlers say they are raising money at a much faster clip than they had in similar lengths of time before. Some are seeing individual fundraising highs compared with the same points in time in previous election cycles. 

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell told CNBC that a virtual fundraiser he scheduled for next week was  expected to raise $500,000. Now, it is likely to bring in over $1 million. 

Part of these fundraising efforts could show up in Biden’s next Federal Election Commission filing, which will show how much the campaign brought in last month. The filing deadline for all campaigns’ May fundraising totals is June 20. Biden and the Democratic National Committee combined to raise just over $60 million in April. Trump and the Republican National Committee brought in a touch more than $61 million over that same period of time. 

Biden is ahead of Trump in most national polls; a RealClearPolitics polling average shows him with a nearly 6-point lead. 

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