Throughout the 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump insisted that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was "crooked" and a criminal, despite multiple investigations proving otherwise. Trump's supporters would gleefully chant "Lock her up" at his rallies—chants which persevere today.
Trump seems to have adopted a similar strategy in 2020 against Democratic nominee Joe Biden, whom Trump tweeted "makes Crooked Hillary look like an amateur!"
Now, Trump is pushing a New York Post report that Biden's son, Hunter, orchestrated a meeting between the then-Vice President and an executive at the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.
The story relies on unauthenticated documents supplied by Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who supposedly got the hacked emails and photos from a laptop repairman who claims to have had access to Hunter Biden's laptop in 2019. The repairman's story has changed multiple times.
The Biden campaign has fervently denied the story and even conservative network Fox News passed on the chance to break it, citing fears about its credibility.
Nevertheless, Trump is treating the story as true, and he's once again chastising the media for being biased against him by not presenting it as fact.
Trump called one reporter a "criminal" for allegedly not covering it.
When asked why his campaign strategy—15 days before the election—is to claim Biden is a criminal, Trump answered:
"He is a criminal. He's a criminal. He got caught. Read his laptop. And you know who's a criminal? You're a criminal for not reporting it. You are a criminal for not reporting it ... Joe Biden is a criminal and he's been a criminal for a long time and you're a criminal and the media for not reporting it."
Twitter users emphasized that—despite the past four years—the President publicly accusing a journalist of being a criminal for not reporting something is not normal.
Some think Trump is falling apart and becoming more dangerous.
The presidential election is on November 3rd, but early voting has begun in at least 40 states.