President Trump, at his Allentown rally on Tuesday, played a devastating video that spliced together clips of Joe Biden, VP nominee Sen. Kamala Harris and others discussing fracking as he argued the Democratic ticket would damage the natural gas industry.
“This is an original Donald Trump Broadway play,” Trump told a crowd of supporters in Erie, Pa., on Tuesday evening. “First time I have ever pulled it out. I had it done specifically for the people of Erie because you guys like energy. You like being energy independent.”
The clip includes edited clips of Biden and Harris answering questions on fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, a method of drilling into shale in order to release oil and natural gas.
One clip of Biden is taken from the July 31, 2019, Democratic primary debate during which CNN anchor Dana Bash asked Biden if there would be “any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking” in his administration.
“No, we would — we would work it out. We would make sure it’s eliminated and no more subsidies for either one of those, either — any fossil fuel,” Biden said in response.
The video also includes clips of Harris saying there is “no question” she favors banning fracking and that it is “critically important” to end fossil fuel leases on public lands. Harris made those remarks when she was still a presidential candidate, before she dropped out of the race and later agreed to run alongside Biden.
Trump and his campaign have consistently argued that Biden would end fracking if elected, as the president seeks to win over voters in states like Pennsylvania and Texas.