Donald Trump continued his campaign at a breakneck pace, with multiple trips across the country on Saturday, to mobilize his troops and catch up on Democratic opponent Joe Biden, 17 days before the US presidential election.
The 74-year-old billionaire traveled to Michigan on Saturday – where he called his opponent a “criminal” and claimed Democrats were anti-Americans – and then to Wisconsin.
Before a crowd gathered in Muskegon, Michigan, he said Democrats wanted to “erase American history, destroy American values and the American way of life.”
“Joe Biden is a corrupt politician and the Biden family is a criminal enterprise,” he said. “He’s a criminal” […] which “represents a risk to national security”, added the president to his supporters who chanted “we love you”.
Donald Trump, expected in Las Vegas on Saturday night for a tour of the west of the country on Sunday, won Michigan and Wisconsin, two traditionally Democratic states in 2016.
Faced with polls that give him beaten, a coronavirus pandemic that has exceeded 8 million positive cases in the United States, and the doubts that arise in his own camp, the host of the White House “put everything” for catch up, assured his spokesperson, Kayleigh McEnany, on Saturday.
“The president’s strategy is to work for the voices of the American people. That’s why he will be in two states today and have two meetings tomorrow, and two more in Arizona on Monday, ”she told Fox News.
As in 2016, Donald Trump, carried out an intense field campaign with several trips per day. He traveled to Georgia and Florida on Friday, two states he can hardly afford to lose if he is to win to Joe Biden on November 3.
To mobilize his followers, he announced, despite the polls, “a red wave of unprecedented magnitude,” in reference to the color of the Republicans. “On election day […], we’re going to give Sleepy Joe a resounding defeat, ”he thundered to an enthusiastic crowd in Florida.
The contrast was stark on Saturday with Joe Biden’s campaign, which had nothing on its official platform, with the Democratic candidate remaining in his stronghold of Wilmingon, Delaware, before leaving on Sunday for North Carolina, another state. key.
Meanwhile, thousands of Donald Trump opponents demonstrated in the United States on Saturday to protest the nomination to the Supreme Court of a conservative judge and the billionaire’s re-election.
Magistrate Amy Coney Barrett, a devout Catholic, has been nominated to replace progressive icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on September 18, and the president is banking on the Republican majority in the Senate to validate her choice ahead of the November 3 election.
“Lies” and “diversions”
For his part, the former vice president visited Michigan on Friday, which he plans to bring back to the Democratic camp.
“All President Trump has to offer the people of Michigan are lies and diversions – no plan to control the virus, no strategy to get our economy out of this recession, and no vision to unify our country “, Tackled Joe Biden.
The veteran of politics leads by nine percentage points in the national poll average. Most importantly, albeit with a narrower margin, in key states that may switch from party to party in every election.
Like Pennsylvania, won by a short header by Donald Trump in 2016, where Barack Obama will take part in his first campaign event on the ground in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
But the race is much tighter than the polls show, campaign chief Jen O’Malley Dillon warned this week, based on internal polls.
White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany also denounced the “very inflated” polls on Saturday “designed to shape public opinion rather than gauge it.”
Still, several Republican officials are openly worried about a large Democratic victory on November 3.
Nebraska’s elected Ben Sasse this week called Mr. Trump a “mediocre” leader in a recording revealed to the media. He said he feared a “bloodbath in the Senate for Republicans,” who currently control the upper house of Congress.
His statements stoked the anger of the president, who on Saturday described the senator on Twitter as “a burden on the Republican Party” and “shame for the great state of Nebraska”.