President Donald Trump claimed an administration under Joe Biden would “take your cars away” while discussing the Democratic nominee’s proposed environmental policies on Sunday. His latest comments followed numerous others suggesting Biden does not support Second Amendment rights or religious expression.
Trump’s remarks do not reflect the Democratic challenger’s proposed policies regarding climate change and gun violence. Biden is also a practicing Catholic, as Senator Kamala Harris pointed out during last week’s vice presidential debate.
“He’s going to end fracking, you know that,” Trump told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo during an interview Sunday. “He’s going to end petroleum products even though that’s going to put us at a tremendous disadvantage…not even disadvantage, we wouldn’t be able to compete with the world. Now, instead of $2 gasoline you’re going to be paying $6 gasoline. He wants to take cars away from people. The whole thing is insane, OK, it’s insane.”
“How can the auto industry vote for a guy that wants to take your cars away?” the president continued. “And he literally wants to take your cars away. I mean, the whole thing…what he is saying is crazy.”
Michigan, a central hub of the U.S. automotive industry, is considered a battleground state ahead of next month’s general election. Both Trump and Biden have appealed to Michigan voters with promises to expand jobs within the auto industry, although each candidate’s statements to those ends faced varying degrees of scrutiny.
Furthering his suggestions about Biden’s fracking plan during his interview with Bartiromo on Sunday, Trump tried to dissuade Pennsylvania voters from supporting the Democratic nominee. Pennsylvania, a critical swing state in the upcoming election, is home to thousands of fracking wells because of its positioning atop a sprawling natural gas reserve.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a drilling procedure used to extract natural gas and oil from deposits underground. Supporters cite the drilling method’s contributions to U.S. energy, while detractors note its serious environmental and public health consequences.
Although Biden has released a detailed clean energy plan to be implemented if he is elected president, the Democratic politician has not said he intends to do away with fracking altogether. Among other items included in Biden’s $1.7 trillion proposal to increase renewable energy resources in the U.S. over the next decade, his plan aims to end fossil fuel subsidies and offer tax credits that incentivize vehicle owners to purchase electric cars.
Trump went on to reference Biden’s plans to regulate gun sales and increase background checks for those who purchase firearms during his interview Sunday. He often equates Biden’s proposed plans for reducing gun violence in the U.S. to Second Amendment violations. Notably, while speaking at an August campaign event in Ohio, the president told supporters a Biden administration would “take away your guns.”
“He’s going to do things that nobody ever would ever think even possible because he’s following the radical left agenda,” Trump said at the event. “Take away your guns, destroy your Second Amendment, no religion, no anything, hurt the Bible, hurt God…he’s against God, he’s against guns, he’s against energy…our kind of energy.”
Newsweek reached out to the Trump and Biden campaigns for comments but did not receive replies in time for publication.
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