OSHKOSH –President Donald Trump on Monday called Joe Biden a “trojan horse” for the left and said his Dem rival would enable socialists to wreak havoc across the country.
While portraying the election as a fight for the future of the country, Trump also told supporters the only reason he could lose in November would be a “rigged” election.
“In 78 days we’re going to stop the radical left, we’re going to win the state of Wisconsin, and we’re going to win four more years,” Trump said to a crowd of red, white, and blue-decked spectators. “And then after that we’ll go for another four years. Because you know, they spied on my campaign, we should get a re-do.”
During the event, his first in Wisconsin since the start of the pandemic, Trump played up his expansion of the military and release of extra equipment to law enforcement, the state of the pre-coronavirus economy, and his moves to remove the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accords at an Oshkosh airport hangar.
He also touted his response to COVID-19, despite polls showing wide disapproval of his effort fighting the pandemic, and called Biden a “disaster” in the response to H1N1 in 2009. Under Operation Warp speed, Trump claimed that the virus’ fatality rate had decreased 85 percent, with three vaccines finishing their clinical trials. He told spectators to “expect very good news very soon.”
The rally came as Democrats kicked off their virtual national convention in Milwaukee and was designed to contrast with Biden’s decision not to travel to the swing state to accept the party’s nomination. Biden will accept the Dem nomination from his home state of Delaware rather than traveling to Wisconsin for the convention, which was downsized and moved almost entirely online to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The event was in an open aircraft hangar with about half of the attendees masked. Staffers occasionally reminded those in the crowd to put their masks on, and chairs were spaced out more than usual.
Amid a spike in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Tony Evers last month issued a mask mandate for all those 5 and older in an enclosed space other than their homes.
Ahead of Trump’s campaign stop, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin ripped the president, saying he ought to be focused on the COVID-19 pandemic rather than political rallies.
“Clearly, President Trump did not cause the coronavirus. Yet his complete inability to respond to this pandemic brings us to the point of crisis that we are in today,” Baldwin said on a call organized by the Dem Party. “I keep telling myself it didn’t have to be this way.”
Trump used much of the rally to paint a dire picture if Biden and running mate Kamala Harris win. Referencing cities that have seen violent protests and looting this summer, Trump compared Chicago to Afghanistan and predicted that “the socialists will not stop until they’ve ransacked America and laid waste to our cities,” referring to recent unrest in Portland, Minneapolis and elsewhere.
He told the crowd that Biden and Harris, D-Calif., were “pro-crime and anti-gun.” Under his administration, he said, Wisconsinites would be able to “preserve and protect their American Dream in the suburbs.”
“You want to defund and defame and dismantle the police? I don’t think so,” Trump said. “You want your friends and family to be persecuted by the far left wing? It’s called cancel culture. We’ve got to stop these radical maniacs. We’ve got to win this election.”
Trump boasted no one had ever seen more enthusiasm for a presidential campaign as his 2016 bid until now, arguing “we have much more now.” He said Biden has “no enthusiasm.”
Last week’s Marquette University Law School Poll found no enthusiasm gap between Dem and GOP voters with about 87 percent of each saying they’re certain to vote in November. What’s more, 65 percent of Dems and 64 percent of Republicans say they’re enthusiastic about voting.
“The only reason they want him is they want to stop our great agenda,” Trump said. “That’s the only reason.”
Between various boasts, Trump alternated airing a series of grievances against the media, the “deep state” and China, among others. Trump said the media would go out of business when he leaves office and mocked the idea of the press wanting to write about Biden, who he referenced as “Sleepy Joe” during the rally.
At one point, Trump urged former Gov. Scott Walker, who was in attendance, to look at the media covering the event, referring to them all as “fake news.” He went on to bemoan Fox News, which he said has become “fake news, too.”
“At least the other side you knew where they were coming from,” Trump who has regularly complained about Fox’s polls and that its coverage of him hasn’t been as flattering as it once was.
See video of Trump’s address: https://www.facebook.com/DonaldTrump/videos/293872411677023/