Donald Trump branded Joe Biden as a “criminal” and indicated that the authorities should lock “him up”, reviving the infamous campaign rally that had previously been aimed toward 2016 rival Hillary Clinton.
The US President has seized on potentially illicit overseas business activities involving Mr. Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, uncovered in a travesty of e-mails and other records retrieved from a discarded laptop, as first reported by the New York Post last week.
In a marathon, nearly two-hour Sunday night rally in Carson City, Nevada, Mr. Trump repeatedly dubbed his Democratic rival “corrupt.” At one point, he corrected the crowd as they started to sing “lock her up,” referring to Mrs. Clinton.
“No, ‘him up’,” Mr Trump said. “You see what’s happening? He’s a corrupt politician.”
Mr Trump said that as far as he was concerned, “the Biden family is a criminal enterprise”.
“They found the laptop. You know what they call that? The laptop from hell. That’s a laptop from hell. Let’s see what happens with it,” he said.
“A giant trove of emails show Hunter Biden making deals, setting up meetings with his father Joe and using the office of the Vice President for a for-profit cash machine. That’s what it is. This guy’s a vacuum cleaner, he follows his father around, takes millions, hundreds of millions and billions out of these countries. That is so dishonest. I call him the human vacuum cleaner.”
Mr Biden has repeatedly insisted he has “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings”.
“Joe Biden added he knew nothing but he lied,” Mr Trump said. “I’m telling you this laptop is a disaster.”
He said that the “fake news and big tech don’t want to write about it”, referring to Twitter and Facebook’s controversial decision to censor the story – a move slammed by Republicans as “election interference”.
“They don’t want to write about or report on the scandal because they want Biden to win,” Mr Trump said.
“I’m not just running against Biden, I’m running against the left-wing media, big tech giants and a corrupt political establishment.”