JANESVILLE, Wisconsin (AP) – President Donald Trump succumbed to fear tactics on Saturday when he accused the left of trying to “destroy the American way of life” in a late election campaign in Michigan and Wisconsin, two Middle Eastern states. West, who played an important role in his victory in 2016, but now can slip out of his hands.
In back-to-back rallies, Trump accused the left of wanting to “erase American history” and “purify American values.” He argues, without reason, that Democrat rival Joe Biden will put communities at risk.
Trump offered the dark message when confronted with a headwind not only in national opinion polls that show Biden leading, but also in key battlefield surveys. His comments came after his campaign, with far less money than Biden̵
As he tried to energize his base and prevent voters from turning against him, Trump tried to portray Democrats as “anti-American radicals” and said moderates had a “moral duty” to join the Republican Party.
“The Democratic Party you once knew does not exist,” he said.
The same was true after the release, as he claimed in hyperbolic terms that Biden’s election would trigger “the biggest depression in our country’s history” and “turn Michigan into a refugee camp.”
Addressing the coronavirus crisis, Trump warned that Biden would “close the country, delay the vaccine and prolong the pandemic.” Public health experts say the nation would be in far better shape if the Trump administration had taken more aggressive action earlier.
And while he repeatedly predicted victory, Trump seemed to be struggling all day with the prospect of really losing in November.
In Michigan, he said in January, “it’s better to be president. In Wisconsin, he wondered how he would handle a loss.
Can you imagine if I lose? I will lose to the worst candidate in the history of American politics, “he said. “What to do?”
Trump continues to hold rallies despite the threat of the coronavirus, which hospitalized him a few days earlier this month.
Wisconsin broke the record for new positive virus cases on Friday – the third time in a week. The state also reached record levels for daily deaths and hospitalizations last week.
But there was little evidence of concern among the thousands of Trump supporters in both countries, where members of the public stood close together in the cold, mostly without masks.
Trump continued to call on Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to lift the remaining restrictions to try to stop the virus from spreading, prompting the crowd to invade “Lock It!” Singing. (The same chanting erupted after he mentioned his Democratic rival in 2016, Hillary Clinton, and Minnesota spokesman Ilhan Omar.)
Whitmer, a Democrat, was at the center of a kidnapping plot by anti-government extremists who were outraged by the blockade measures. Thirteen men have been charged in connection with the scheme, which includes plans to storm the state Capitol and hold a trial for the governor.
“You have to get your governor to open your country and open your schools. Schools should be open, right? “Said Trump, who also attributes his role to federal law enforcement in thwarting the plot.
Whiter’s digital director, Tori Sailor, called on Trump to stop.
“Every time the president does this at a rally, the violent rhetoric against her immediately escalates on social media,” she tweeted. “It simply came to our notice then. You just have to. “
Biden, meanwhile, had no public events scheduled for Saturday. But in a note to supporters, campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dylan warned he would be complacent.
“The reality is that this race is far closer than some of the scientists we see on Twitter and on television suggest,” she wrote in a note, a copy of which was obtained from the Associated Press. “If there’s one thing we’ve learned since 2016, it’s that we can’t underestimate Donald Trump or his ability to make his way back to the rift in the final days of the campaign, through whatever slander or submissive tactics he has.”
Trump has an aggressive campaign schedule for the coming days, with rallies scheduled for Sunday in Nevada, Monday in Arizona and Tuesday in Pennsylvania.
But Trump’s schedule suggests concern. On Friday, he campaigned in Georgia, a country no republican presidential candidate has lost since 1992, but polls show that Trump and Biden are in close competition. Trump also had to court voters in Iowa, which he had by almost 10 percentage points four years ago.
The latest fundraising data from Trump’s team suggest that he is probably the first incumbent president in the modern era to face a financial disadvantage. After building a huge amount of money, his campaign was lavish, while Biden kept costs low and benefited from an outpouring of donations that raised him nearly $ 1 billion over the past three months. This gives Biden a huge monetary advantage of just over two weeks before the election.
On Saturday, Trump said he would be “the biggest fundraiser in the history of politics” if he tried, but did not want to call and did not need money.
Slodisko reported from Washington.