President Trump spent the weekend in the key swing state out Nevada in an effort to flip the major battleground state which has not gone red since 2004.
“The bottom line is, when we win, America wins,” the president told a crowd of supporters in Minden, about 50 miles south of Reno.
Trump immediately called Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak a “political hack” after sparring with the Democrat over a rally originally scheduled for an airport hangar in Reno earlier this week, which the Trump 2020 Campaign was forced to cancel because of the governor’s 50-person limit on outdoor gatherings amid the coronavirus.
The rally was moved to an airport hangar in Minden, near Lake Tahoe.
State Republicans blamed the governor for trying to hurt Trump’s reelection chances, but the Reno rally was canceled by airport officials.
“This is the guy we are entrusting with millions of ballots, unsolicited ballots, and we’re supposed to win these states. Who the hell is going to trust him?” Trump asked the crowd about Sisolak, before suggesting again that Democrats would rig the election through mail-in ballots.
President Trump then hurled attacks on the Democratic candidate, “Joe Biden cannot lead our country ’cause he doesn’t really believe in our country. He is the worst candidate in the history of presidential politics.”
Trump then suggested that with Biden’s poor mental health, vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, would be president “in about a month” if Biden won, asserting that the former vice president would be a figurehead and that Harris would hold power.
He claimed that the media would treat Biden “like Winston Churchill” if he was able to merely stand on the debate stage on Sept. 29. And embarking on a swing that will also include stops in Las Vegas, Phoenix and California, Trump mocked Biden’s slower travel schedule as his campaigning doesn’t stand up to that of Trumps.
“You know where he is now? He is in his damn basement again!”
The president reiterated that Biden, if elected president, would run suburbanites out of their homes by allowing Antifa to move in. “Don’t let them ruin the suburbs!” he told the crowd.
He said Democrats want to allow churches to burn while letting agitators riot in the streets.
“Biden’s plan is to appease domestic terrorists and my plan is to arrest domestic terrorists,” he said to cheers.
He said unlike Biden he would always stand with the “heroes in law enforcement.” Trump didn’t mention any of the alleged cases of police brutality that have sparked the protests across the country.
He also suggested that the “phony” polls showing him trailing Biden are an attempt at voter suppression.
“My people won’t be suppressed!” he said to the cheering crowd.
He also mentioned polls showing him doing better with Hispanics, which would be key to a victory in Nevada.
Trump told the crowd “Joe Biden has been on the wrong side of history for 47 years,” while mentioning Biden’s vote for the Iraq War in 2003 and his own administration’s successes against ISIS.
He added that Biden would destroy Social Security and protections for pre-existing conditions. He added that Biden wants to give health care for “illegal aliens” and abolish school choice.
“Never forget they’re coming after me cause I am fighting for you!” He told his supporters, adding in his second term he would make America the manufacturing leader of the world, bring back jobs, hire police, ban sanctuary cities, and appoint conservative judges. “We want law and order. We have to have it!” he said.
“We will uphold religious liberty, free speech and the right to keep and bear arms,” he said, adding that he’s bringing troops home and will end “endless wars” and will even put the first woman on the moon.
He said his administration will teach children to always respect the American flag.
“For years you had a president who apologized for America now you have a president who stands up for America,” he said, reminding the crowd to get out a vote on Nov. 3. “Together we are taking back our country.”
The president lost Nevada’s six electoral votes to Hillary Clinton in 2016 by 2 percentage points, but the campaign has invested heavily in the state to change the outcome this go-around.
“The Democrats are scared. They know President Trump has the momentum,” said the state GOP chairman, Michael McDonald.
Democrats are indeed concerned about possible Trump gains in Nevada, with the president showing increasing support from Latinos and non-college educated white voters, two important constituencies in the state.