Just sixteen days before the November 3 presidential election, there’s no shortage of drama in the home stretch as President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden make their final throws to voters on election campaigns.
Trump, once again on the election track after being hospitalized with COVID-19, hosted a rally in Muskegon, Michigan on Saturday, where he led supporters in a chant of “Lock her up!” referring to the state’s Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, who was recently the target of an alleged kidnapping plot.
The two candidates will continue to struggle in the country today. Trump will attend a church service in Las Vegas at 9:00 a.m. PDT, followed by a campaign fundraiser in Santa Ana, Calif., At midday. He will end his Sunday at a campaign rally in Carson City, Nevada at 7:00 p.m. PDT.
Biden will travel to North Carolina on Sunday, where he will attend an event in Durham to encourage North Carolinians to plan to vote by mail and in person during the state’s early voting period, which began Thursday and ends October 31.
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Campaign Advisor: Excited Trump rallies won’t stop, despite COVID-19 resurgence
WASHINGTON – More people are attending President Donald Trump’s rallies at the airport, many supporters have gathered without masks despite a resurgence of COVID-19.
Don’t expect that to change in the last two weeks of the campaign.
“People don’t want to live in fear,” said Jason Miller, senior adviser to the Trump campaign, when asked about the rallies during an appearance on Fox News on Sunday.
Trump survived a fight against COVID-19 earlier this month. There is evidence that some of his supporters contracted the coronavirus after attending his campaign events.
The Minnesota Department of Public Health reported that it had traced 16 cases of COVID to a Sept. 18 Trump rally in Bemidji (plus four more at an anti-Trump rally just outside that event). Three more cases were attributed to a Trump event in Duluth on September 30, less than two days before Trump tested positive for the virus.
In the Fox interview, Miller said that “we hand out masks at gatherings.” He also said the campaign was doing temperature checks on participants and distributing hand sanitizer – and will continue to do so until the election.
– David Jackson
Pelosi criticizes Trump’s irresponsible rhetoric on Whitmer
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned President Donald Trump to lead a crowd to chant “Lock her up!” of Governor Gretchen Whitmer at a rally in Muskegon, Michigan on Saturday night as “irresponsible.” The president’s calls come just over a week after federal agents said they foiled a plot to kidnap the governor.
“The president must realize that the words of the president of the United States weigh a ton. And injecting fear tactics into our political dialogue, especially a female governor and her family, is so irresponsible, ”the speaker said.
“The greatest antidote to its poison is voting,” Pelosi said.
On Saturday, Whitmer said Trump’s inflammatory tone must end.
“This is exactly the rhetoric that has put my life, my family and other government officials at risk as we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans,” the governor tweeted after the Trump rally.
– Matthew Brown
GOP senators try to save majority by distancing themselves from Trump
Senate Majority Leaders Mitch McConnell and other Senate Republicans have taken deliberate steps to distance themselves from Trump, as recent polls and independent analysis show Democrats have more than a 50-50 chance of overthrowing the government. number of seats needed (three if Biden wins, four if Trump does) to retake the upper chamber.
It’s a balancing act for Republican Senate candidates running for re-election in battlefield states that need the GOP base to win as well as a significant chunk of Independents who might be turned off. by Trump’s rhetoric, behavior and policies.
“These senators are pulled in two different directions,” said Jessica Taylor of the non-partisan political report Cook. “They can’t anger Trump’s very conservative base, but they also need independents to win the general election. It’s a no-win situation for them in many ways.”
– Phillip M. Bailey and Ledyard King
Contribution: Bart Jansen and Sean Rossman