Biden said he warned governors not to endorse him to prevent retaliation from the Trump administration

  • Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday he advised governors not to publicly endorse him over fears the Trump administration would withhold COVID-19 supplies. 
  • "I told some governors, don't endorse me … because you'll pay a penalty," Biden said at a virtual campaign event on Saturday.
  • Numerous Democratic governors have endorsed Biden, and some former Republican governors, like John Kasich of Ohio, have endorsed him, too.
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Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden said during a virtual campaign event Saturday that he advised some governors against offering public endorsements of him in order to avoid retribution from the Trump administration. 

"I told some governors, don't endorse me who wanted to endorse me. Don't endorse me because you'll pay a penalty," Biden said. "You won't get what you need from the federal government in terms of COVID prep."

"Not a joke, my word," Biden added while speaking at a virtual town hall f0r the Amalgamated Transit Union town hall from Wilmington, Delaware, KATC first reported.

The former vice president has received numerous endorsements from Democrat governors, like Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Several former Republican governors, like John Kasich of Ohio and Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania, have also endorsed Biden's bid for the presidency.

Throughout the pandemic, the president has praised his own administration's response to coronavirus while criticizing governors — particularly in states with Democratic leaders. Trump regularly clashed with Cuomo early during the pandemic, when New York experienced the worst outbreak of the disease in the US.

As recently as last month, the president blamed "blue states" for the spread of the novel coronavirus in the US, as Axios reported.

"If you take the blue states out, we're at a level that I don't think anybody in the world would be at," Trump said at a press conference last month. "We're really at a very low level, but some of the states — they were blue states, and blue-state management."

As Axios reported, there is no clear relationship between the party leading a state and the number of deaths from COVID-19, as only three out of the top five states with the largest death tolls from the disease are led by Democrats.

Trump, who announced early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump positive for COVID-19, is currently being treated at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland since he was transported there by helicopter on Friday. While the White House physician on Saturday said the president was doing well, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows cast doubt on Trump's condition, telling reporters that the president had a "very concerning" period with the disease. 

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