JANESVILLE, Wisconsin (AP) – President Donald Trump relied on fear tactics on Saturday as he accused the left of trying to “destroy American life” in a late vote of voters in Michigan and Wisconsin – two Midwestern states which was instrumental in his success in 2016 but can now slip from his catch.
In a back-to-back rally, Trump accused the left-wingers of wanting to “erase American history” and “clean up American values.” He claims, on no basis, that Democratic rival Joe Biden would put communities at risk.
Trump offered the dark message as he faced headwinds not only in the national polls, showing that Biden was leading, but also in major battlefield surveys. His comments came after his campaign, with less money than Biden, withdrew from TV advertising in the Midwest, transferring most of its money to Sun Belt states such as Florida, North Carolina, Arizona and Georgia, as well as Pennsylvania.
As he tries to boost his base and keep voters on the fence who are not against him, Trump seeks to paint Democrats as “anti-American radicals”; and says that moderates have “a duty to moral “to join the Republican Party.
“The Democratic Party you used to know didn’t exist,” he said.
This is the same issue after issue, as he claims in the hyperbolic term that Biden’s election will provoke “the single biggest depression in our country’s history” and “make Michigan a refugee camp.”
In response to the coronavirus crisis, Trump warned that “Biden will close the country, delay vaccinations and prolong the pandemic.” Public health experts say the country will be better in shape if the Trump administration takes more aggressive action early.
And as he repeatedly predicted success, Trump seemed to be struggling all day with the hope that he could be defeated in November.
In Michigan, he removed that, in January, “he better be president. In Wisconsin, he wondered how he would process a loss.
“Can you imagine if I lose? I lost to the worst candidate in American political history, “he said.” What am I going to do? “
Trump continues to hold rallies despite the threat of coronavirus, which hospitalized him several days earlier this month.
Wisconsin broke the record for new cases of positive viruses on Friday – the third time that has happened in a week. The state also hit the highest record for daily deaths and hospitalizations this past week.
But there is little evidence of concern among the thousands of supporters Trump has drawn in both states, where members of the public stand near the cold, most without masks.
Trump continues to call on Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to reinstate restrictions that would remain in place to try to stop the spread of the virus, prompting the crowd to “Lock her up!” chant (The same song also broke out after he mentioned his 2016 Democratic rivals Hillary Clinton and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar.)
Whitmer, a Democrat, is the focus of a plot to kidnap anti-government extremists who are outraged by the lockdown measures. Thirteen men are being charged in connection with the procedure, which includes plans to occupy the state of the Capitol and conduct a type of trial for the governor.
“You have to open your governor to open your state and open your schools. Schools should be open, right?” Trump said, who also took credit for the role of federal law enforcement in falling into the framework.
Whitmer’s digital director, Tori Saylor, urged Trump to stop.
“Every time the President does this at a rally, the violent rhetoric against him immediately grows on social media,” he tweeted. “It should stop. It’s just necessary.”
Biden, meanwhile, has no public plans for Saturday. But in a memo to supporters, campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon warned about being complacent.
“The fact is that this career is closer than some of the punditry we see on Twitter and on TV will suggest,” he wrote in the memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press. “If we have learned anything from 2016, we can not underestimate Donald Trump or his ability to claw back into contention in the last days of a campaign, by any smear or underhanded tactics he has.”
Trump has an aggressive campaign schedule in the coming days, with rallies planned Sunday in Nevada, Monday in Arizona and Tuesday in Pennsylvania.
But Trump’s schedule indicates concern. On Friday, he campaigned in Georgia – a state without a Republican presidency lost since 1992 but where the vote was presented to Trump and Biden in a fierce contest. Trump also had to judge voters in Iowa, which he brought with nearly 10 percent points four years ago.
The latest campaign fundraising figures from the Trump team suggest he is likely the first incumbent president in the modern era to face a financial crisis. After building a massive cash edge, his campaign was overspending, while Biden kept costs low and benefited from an outpouring of donations that saw him raise nearly $ 1 billion over the past three months. That gives Biden a huge cash advantage with more than two weeks before the election.
Trump said on Saturday that he would be the “greatest fundraiser in political history” if he tried, but refused to call and did not need money.
Slodysko reported from Washington.