US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has been lampooned for reading from a teleprompter at a poorly-attended rally in Michigan.
Biden held another of his low-attendance drive-in rallies a suburb of Detroit, a once-thriving city and hub of the auto industry in the industrialised midwestern Rustbelt.
Biden claimed Trump had failed to condemn far-right groups, despite the president's repeatedly doing so."We need to be clear, from the president on down in this country: There is no place for hate in America", the former vice-president said.
He also repeated claims by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer that Trump was responsible for a plot by extremist militias to kidnap her in an attempt to force an end to the state's coronavirus lockdown, dubbing the president's tweets to protesters to "liberate Michigan" a "dog whistle."
In Fact Trump unequivocally condemned the kidnap scheme in a series of tweets on October 8. But he also slammed what he called Whitmer's ingratitude after "My Justice Department and Federal Law Enforcement" foiled the plot, and accused Democrats of condoning anarchists, rioters and looters.
Netizens quickly piled on to ridicule the event.
Biden's rallies have so far been poorly-attended, although his campaign team says that is a deliberate precaution against spreading the coronavirus. One in Toledo, Ohio, two weeks ago saw only about 30 cars turn up for a drive-in event at the office of the United Auto Workers union, which supports Biden.
Trafalgar, the Republican Pollster that correctly predicted Trump 2016 election victory, gave him a wafer-thin lead over Biden in Michigan on Friday.