Muskegon – President Donald Trump on Saturday tried to tie Democratic rival Joe Biden to his party’s radical left at a rally on Saturday attended by thousands of people outside an airport hangar in Muskegon.

The Republican president also stressed that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to relax further COVID-19 restrictions, even though the Michigan Supreme Court revoked her emergency order orders because the 1945 law she trusted was unconstitutional. Since then his state Department of Health and Human Services has issued new epidemic orders to wear masks and limit the capabilities of businesses.

“You need to get your governor to open his state.”

; Trump said with applause. “And open your schools.… Schools should be open.”

Michigan schools are given the option to have personal classes or hold online courses. Many larger school districts choose to participate in online courses, while others have created personal classes or a mix of online or personal classes.

In response to Trump’s statement, most people began shouting “Lock him up, lock him up, lock him up.”

This is reminiscent of Trump’s campaign audiences from 2016, who shouted the phrase when Trump said Democrat Hillary Clinton should be jailed for sending emails to an insecure server in her home as state secretary. FBI Director James Comey then said Clinton should not be charged.

Singing in Muskegon also came after federal and state authorities charged 14 men with an alleged plot to kidnap Whitmer, seize the Michigan Capitol and potentially start a civil war.

The Democratic governor responded on Twitter: “This is exactly the rhetoric that put me, my family, and other government officials at risk as we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans. It must stop.”

Whitmer also criticized Trump at the same time as revealing the framework for not condemning white supremacists and hatred.

The Republican president said at the rally that the Democratic governor should thank him because federal authorities thwarted the plot against him, repeating what he said on Twitter more than a week ago. “I can’t stand any extreme violence,” Trump tweeted. “Defending ALL Americans, even those who oppose and attack me, is what I will always do as your President!”

At the rally, the president also insisted that Biden will be seen among democratic socialists and radical leftists if elected.

“They are hoping for power, and God will help us if they get it,” he said.

As an example, the president pointed to the firing of a teacher in Michigan for tweeting about Trump. Whoever the person is, “we love you,” Trump said.

Walled Lake teacher Justin Kucera was fired after tweeting about Trump and “liberals.” Kucera, a 28-year-old social studies teacher at Walled Lake Western High School, was not fired for a tweet in support of the president but for a response that was later deleted saying, “liberal suck man, “according to a copy of the teacher’s staff file obtained by The Detroit News through a request to public records.

Kucera was offered his job back a day after his story went viral, but declined the offer in the belief that “the issue would follow him into the classroom.”

The official reason for the teacher’s termination was “a lack of professional judgment,” according to a July 17 termination letter that followed Zoom’s two meetings where he was asked about his July 6 tweets about the president. and liberals.

Zoom meetings on July 10 and July 15 were not recorded, but accounts from the two employees who attended the meetings indicate that Kucera said he was trying to be sarcastic when he wrote “Liberals suck man.” He removed the post when he realized that “this sarcasm could not be found properly on Twitter.”

The crowded event came 17 days before the Nov. 3 election and while the state experienced the highest number of cases in a week since the pandemic began in 10,241 cases. The previous weekly high was 9,768 during April 5-11.

“I think this is an indicator in the country that the state of Michigan is playing well,” House spokesman Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, said Saturday afternoon. “The fact that Joe Biden and President Trump are both visiting Michigan is something that Democrats across the country should be concerned about.

“All eyes are on Michigan again. We were here four years ago and the result will be the same.”

Trump won the state by 10,704 votes in 2016, his smallest margin of victory nationwide.

Trump’s son Eric, Vice President Mike Pence and his daughter-in-law Lara visited Michigan in the last six days. Daughter Ivanka Trump is heading to Alto on Monday, Trump’s campaign said Saturday.

The campaign also increased television ad spending here this week, according to data from the nonprofit Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

But the polls show the president behind Biden in major battlefield states, including Michigan. Biden leads Trump 48% to 39% in a Detroit News-WDIV poll of 600 likely Michigan voters, tested from September 30 to October 3. The poll has a margin of error of plus-minus 4 percentage points.

Trump last visited the state on September 10, when he drew thousands of people to an airport hangar in Freeland, near Midland and Saginaw.

Biden has visited three times since the beginning of September, stopping at Detroit and Warren on September 9, Grand Rapids on October 2 and Southfield and Detroit on Friday.

In Southfield, the former vice president criticized Trump for not doing enough to fight the country’s COVID-19 pandemic and racism.

Unlike Trump, who holds large rallies abroad, Biden spoke at small events – usually not open to the public – with dozens of people wearing masks and six feet away from each other. The former Delaware senator held a car rally Friday night at Detroit’s State Fairgrounds.

The country has not “opened the corner” when it comes to the pandemic, Biden said on Friday.

“It is not disappearing. In fact, it is rising again,” he said.

Michigan reported its two biggest days for new COVID-19 cases this week with 2,030 new cases on Thursday and 2,015 new cases on Friday amid fears that a second wave of the virus could hit state.

Glenn Kangas, 82, of Cadillac was one of thousands gathered in Muskegon for the president’s rally. Kangas was wearing an N95 mask and was holding a sign that said “Biden was elected. The USA is gone. “

“I’m a little hesitant to come to these things. But I’m trying to be careful,” Kangas said, adding that he was at the venue from 10 am

At a press conference on Saturday, Rep. Terry Sabo, D-Muskegon, called Trump’s rally in his province “about it.” He said it seems Trump is committed to “doing whatever it takes to be re-elected” rather than doing what is best for public safety.

“It puts the health of the residents here in Muskegon County at risk,” Sabo said. “We have people coming from all over the place to be part of this rally, and history has shown that the president does not care about public safety when it comes to wearing masks, doing simple things to prevent this virus. , limiting the size of the majority. “

Located next to Lake Michigan, Muskegon County is Michigan’s 12th largest province.

In 2012, President Barack Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the province by 13,552 votes. Four years later, Clinton defeated Trump here by 1,177 votes – a four-year difference beyond Trump’s overall margin of victory in Michigan.

“He almost won it,” Michigan Republican President Laura Cox said of Trump’s performance in Muskegon County in 2016. “Obviously he has a winning strategy, and that’s why he’s here.”

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