Distressed, Trump attacks marathon day in Florida and Georgia

Fort Myers, Ocala: the American president must speak twice in this great southern state with the hope that the "Sunshine State", which he narrowly won in 2016, does not fall on the Democratic side.

He will then make a stop in Macon, Georgia, a state where he was well ahead of Hillary Clinton four years ago but where he is behind Joe Biden in the latest polls.

The bad news is piling up and the feverishness is more palpable every day in the Republican camp, which seems to no longer pay attention to presidential tweets.

"The poll numbers are very good. Huge crowds, great enthusiasm. A huge RED WAVE will surge !!!", tweeted the tenant of the White House as several big names of the "GOP" (Grand Old Party, the party Republican) are worried about a Democratic tidal wave.

After the doubts expressed aloud by Senators Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham, it was Ben Sasse, elected from Nebraska, who expressed his deep concerns.

Donald Trump is a "mediocre" leader, he said, deeming his defeat likely, in a recording revealed by the media.

"He makes fun of evangelicals behind their backs, his family took advantage of the presidency as a business opportunity, he flirted with white supremacists," he said.

Mr. Sasse, a religious conservative, also criticizes the management of the coronavirus pandemic which the president has according to him "refused for months to take seriously".

"I don't think his way of handling the Covid crisis was responsible," he blurted out.

- "It was a retweet" -

Days go by and look the same for Donald Trump, with a frenzy of tweets and retweets every morning.

Even before sunrise on Friday, he hastily relayed a post from the satirical site The Babylon Bee, taking the parody article face-to-face.

“Twitter is shutting down its entire network to slow down the spread of negative information about Biden,” one read, in an allusion to the outage that hit Twitter on Thursday night.

"Wow, this has never been done in history," commented the US president.

On Thursday night, in an exchange with voters on NBC, he did nothing to clarify his position on a series of conspiracy theories he has been fueling for weeks.

Asked why he retweeted a message about the "false death" of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the US president, who has more than 87 million Twitter followers, declined responsibility.

“It was a reweet, it was someone's opinion,” he said. "It was a retweet, I'm putting it out there, people can make up their own minds for themselves."

“You're the president, you're not the crazy old uncle,” moderator Savannah Guthrie replied.

The Republican president has also refused to explicitly condemn the conspiratorial movement "QAnon".

"I don't know anything about QAnon," he said before assuring that he agreed with their positions "against pedophilia".

The former Democratic vice-president leads by nearly ten percentage points in the national average of the polls for the presidential election of November 3. But above all, although with a narrower margin, in the key states which hold elections in the United States by switching from one party to another.

But observers regularly repeat their calls for caution, pointing for example to the 2016 poll, where Donald Trump created one of the biggest surprises in American political history.