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 his 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 said the Democrats were anti-Americans – and then to Wisconsin.
Before a crowd gathered in Muskegon, Michigan, he said the 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 is a criminal” (…) who “represents a risk to national security”, added the president in front of his supporters who chanted “we love you”.
Donald Trump, expected in Las Vegas on Saturday night for a tour in 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 “puts everything” for catch up, assured his spokesperson, Kayleigh McEnany, on Saturday.
“The president’s strategy is to work to have the voice of the American people. This is the reason why he will be in two states today and that he will do two meetings tomorrow, and two more in Arizona on Monday,” a- she assured on 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 against 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 are going to inflict a resounding defeat on Joe the Sleeper,” he thundered in front of 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.
At the same time, thousands of opponents of Donald Trump demonstrated on Saturday in the United States to protest against the appointment to the Supreme Court of a conservative judge and against the re-election of the billionaire.
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 intends 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 nine percentage points in the national average of opinion polls. But above all, although with a narrower margin, in key states which can switch from one party to another at each election.
Like Pennsylvania, won by a short header by Donald Trump in 2016, where Barack Obama will participate in his first campaign event on the ground in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
But the race is much tighter than what the polls suggest, campaign leader Jen O’Malley Dillon warned this week, based on internal polls.
White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany also denounced Saturday polls “very inflated”, “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 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 called the senator on Twitter “a burden on the Republican party” and “shame for the great state of Nebraska”.