President Donald Trump Saturday campaigned in Michigan as part of a swing through states that he won in the 2016 polls. Addressing a rally in Muskegon, Michigan, Trump painted the Democrats as “anti-American radicals” on a crusade against American history. “The Democrat party you once knew doesn’t exist,” he highlighted. The president also leaned into fear tactics and accused the “left” of erasing American history, purging American values and destroying the American way of life.
The tour comes Trump faces headwinds not only in national polling, which shows Democrat Joe Biden leading, but also in key battleground surveys. And it comes after the campaign largely retreated from TV advertising in the Midwest, shifting much of its money to Sun Belt states such as Florida, North Carolina, Arizona and Georgia, as well as Pennsylvania.
Joe Biden on the other hand planned no public events on Saturday.
Before this, Trump was campaigning in Florida and Georgia, neighbouring states he carried four years ago and must win again to extend his presidency. His decision to devote Friday evening’s prime-time slot to Georgia in particular highlighted the serious nature of his challenge in the 2020 contest’s closing days: Far from his original plan to expand into Democratic-leaning states, he is labouring to stave off a defeat of major proportions. No Republican presidential candidate has lost Georgia since George H.W. Bush in 1992.