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Trump: If Biden's elected president, he'll "listen to the scientists" and trigger lockdowns

The Biden campaign slammed President Trump after he said at a Nevada rally Sunday if his Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden were elected there'd be more coronavirus pandemic lockdowns because "he'll listen to the scientists."

What they're saying: "If I listened totally to the scientists, we would right now have a country that would be in a massive depression," Trump said.

  • Biden campaign spokesperson Andrew Bates said in an emailed statement, "Donald Trump tanked the strong economy he inherited from the Obama-Biden Administration by continually discounting and attacking warnings from the scientific and medical experts working around the clock to save lives.
  • "Now new coronavirus cases are surging and layoffs are rising."

For the record: The U.S. has the highest number of cases and death toll from COVID-19 in the world.

  • The virus has killed more than 219,600 people and infected over 8.1 million in the U.S., per Johns Hopkins.
  • Airlines, oil companies, tire manufacturers, book publishers and insurers are among the industries where tens of thousands of layoffs have been announced.

Go deeper: The onset of winter will make the pandemic even worse.

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