Posted October 18, 2020 9:29 am by

Trump sets hectic campaign pace, while frontrunner Biden stays home

Janesville, United States, Oct 18 – President Donald Trump campaigned at a frenetic pace Saturday in a three-state trip that started with a Michigan rally where he called opponent Joe Biden a “criminal” and pounded his claim that the Democrats are anti-American.

Addressing a rally in Muskegon, Michigan, Trump focused on US culture war themes, telling a large cheering crowd that the Democrats wanted to “erase American history, purge American values and destroy the American way of life.”

And he ramped up his increasingly intense attempt to paint Biden as corrupt, pushing the same conspiracy theory that led to his impeachment last year and a new, murky report in the New York Post that purports to reveal evidence of corruption by Biden’s son Hunter.

“Joe Biden is a corrupt politician and the Biden family is a criminal enterprise,” Trump said to more cheers.

“He’s a criminal, he’s committed crimes,” he said. “He’s a national security risk.”

Trump — who was impeached for allegedly abusing his office in an attempt to find dirt on Biden, and later acquitted — had the campaign trail all to himself just 17 days before the election.

– Frantic vs low key –

He flew on to Wisconsin, a state in the bull’s eye of a resurgent US coronavirus spread, where he told jubilant supporters in Janesville: “I did this for us, not for me, believe me.”

Trump was ending the day in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will hold another rally in Carson City on Sunday.

Large crowds are turning out for US President Donald Trump around the country © AFP / MANDEL NGAN

“President Trump’s strategy is to work for the vote of the American people,” his spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said on Fox News.

“It’s why he’ll be in two states today, he’ll have two rallies tomorrow, two more in Arizona on Monday, and he’s going all in.”

Biden, who has run a strikingly low-key campaign yet leads in strings of polls, stayed home in Delaware with no public events. He was due to campaign in North Carolina on Sunday.

The Republican incumbent, who only got out of the hospital two weeks ago after falling ill with Covid-19, is planning to keep up the pace throughout the final stretch of the campaign, with almost daily rallies, in hope that his hardcore base will turn out in huge numbers.

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