Muskegon – President Donald Trump tried on Saturday to link Democratic rival Joe Biden to his party’s radical left during Saturday’s rally, which was attended by thousands of people in front of the Muskegon airport hangar.

The Republican president also insisted that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should ease more restrictions on COVID-19, even though the Michigan Supreme Court has already overturned her extraordinary executive orders because the 1945 law she relies on is unconstitutional. Since then, her state Department of Health and Humanitarian Services has issued new epidemic orders to wear masks and limit business capacity.

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

; Trump said to applause. “And open your schools. … Schools need to be open.”

Schools in Michigan are given the opportunity to conduct personal lessons or conduct online courses. Many larger school districts have chosen to attend online courses, while others have conducted live lessons or a mix of online or in-person training.

In response to Trump’s statement, the crowd began chanting “Lock her, lock her, lock her.”

This was reminiscent of Trump’s 2016 election audience, which chanted the phrase when Trump said Democrat Hillary Clinton should be locked up for sending emails on an insecure server to her home as secretary of state. Then FBI Director James Comey said Clinton should not be prosecuted.

Muskegon chants also emerged after federal and state authorities accused 14 men of plotting to kidnap Whitmer, storming the Michigan Capitol and potentially starting a civil war.

The Democratic governor responded on Twitter: “It is this rhetoric that puts the lives of me, my family and other government officials in danger as we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans. It must stop.”

Whitmer also criticized Trump after the conspiracy was revealed that he did not expose white superiors and hatred.

The Republican president said during the rally that the Democratic governor should have thanked him because the federal authorities thwarted the plot against her by repeating what he said on Twitter more than a week ago. “I do not tolerate any extreme violence,” Twitter wrote on Twitter. “The defense of ALL Americans, even those who oppose and attack me, is what I will always do as your president!”

During the rally, the president also insisted that Biden would be linked to the Democratic Socialists and radical leftists if elected.

“They crave strength and God help us if they get it,” he said.

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

Green Lake teacher Justin Kuchera was fired after tweeting about Trump and the Liberals. Kuchera, 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 “Liberals suck the man,” according to a copy of the teacher’s file. staff obtained by The Detroit News through a request for public records.

Kuchera was offered a job the day after his story went viral, but declined the offer, believing that “the problem will follow him in the classroom.”

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

Zoom’s July 10 and July 15 meetings were not recorded, but the accounts of two employees who attended the meetings show that Kuchera said he was trying to be sarcastic when he wrote “Liberals Suck Man.” He downloaded the post when he learned that “sarcasm is not good on Twitter.”

The crowded event comes 17 days before the November 3 election and as the country is experiencing its largest number in the week since the pandemic began in 10,241 cases. The previous weekly peak was 9,768 on April 5-11.

“I think that’s an indication to the country that Michigan is in a good game,” Lee-Chatever, R-Levering’s chairman of the chamber, said Saturday afternoon. “The fact that Joe Biden and President Trump are visiting Michigan is something that should worry Democrats across the country.

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

Trump won the state with 10,704 votes in 2016, which is his least chance of winning nationwide.

Trump’s son Eric, Vice President Mike Pence and his daughter-in-law Lara have visited Michigan for the past six days. Daughter Ivanka Trump is leaving for Alto on Monday, Trump’s campaign announced on Saturday.

The campaign also increased its spending on TV commercials here this week, according to data from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

But opinion polls show the president behind Biden in key states on the battlefield, including Michigan. Biden led Trump 48 percent to 39 percent in a Detroit News-WDIV poll among 600 likely voters in Michigan who were polled from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3. The survey had an error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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

Biden has visited three times since early September, stopping in Detroit and Warren on Sept. 9, Grand Rapids on Oct. 2, and Southfield and Detroit on Friday.

In Southfield, former Vice President insulted Trump for not doing enough to fight the country’s COVID-19 pandemic and racism.

Unlike Trump, who holds large outdoor rallies across the country, Biden speaks at small events – usually not open to the public – with dozens of people wearing masks and socially spaced six feet apart. The former Delaware senator held a car rally Friday night at the Detroit State Fair.

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

“It’s not disappearing. It’s actually increasing again,” he said.

Michigan announced its two biggest days for new COVID-19 cases this week with 2,030 new cases on Thursday and 2015 new cases on Friday amid fears that a second wave of the virus could hit the state.

Cadillac’s 82-year-old Glen Kangas was one of thousands gathered in Muskegon for the presidential rally. Kangas wore an N95 mask and held a sign reading “Biden elected. The United States has disappeared. “

“I’m a little reluctant to get to these things. But I’m trying to be careful, “said Kangas, who added that he had been at the site since 10 a.m.

During Saturday’s press conference, State Representative Terry Sabo, D-Muskegon, called the Trump rally in his district “very concerned.” He said Trump appears to have focused on “doing whatever it takes to be re-elected” instead of doing what is best for public safety.

“This puts the health of residents here in Muskegon County at risk,” Sabo said. “There are people who come from everywhere to take part in this rally, and history shows that the president does not necessarily care about public safety when it comes to wearing a mask, doing simple things that can prevent this virus by limiting the size. of the crowd. “

Located along Lake Michigan, Muskegon County is the 12th largest county in Michigan.

In 2012, President Barack Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the county by 13,552 votes. Four years later, Clinton defeated Trump here by 1,177 votes – a four-year difference that was more than Trump’s total difference to victory in Michigan.

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

cmauger@detroitnews.com

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