President Trump on Saturday added a pair of critical battleground states to his itinerary next week, as his reelection campaign resumes in earnest less than two weeks after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
Trump will headline a “Make America Great Again” rally in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Tuesday, and another the next day in Des Moines, Iowa, his campaign announced.
An energized President Trump spoke Saturday to a raucous crowd of supporters at the White House, his first public address since being hospitalized with COVID-19.
Wearing a white face mask, Trump emerged from the White House’s Blue Room to speak from a podium set up on the Truman Balcony, pumping his fist several times — and then doffing his coronavirus covering with a flourish, tucking it into his pocket.
“Keep that enthusiasm going!” Trump implored the crowd, which chanted “Four more years!”
“We have to vote these people into oblivion,” he added.
The event, dubbed a “peaceful protest for law and order,” drew hundreds of blue-clad members of Blexit, a campaign spearheaded by Candace Owens that urges Black Americans to leave the Democratic Party. The group was in Washington for a previously organized Back the Blue rally, to support law enforcement.
“You’ve just marched to the White House because you understand that to protect the lives of black Americans, and all Americans, you have to have your police support you,” Trump said.
I’m glad it’s a peaceful protest, so we don’t have to worry about any disease spreading. Good thinking!
UPDATE: Seen on Facebook: “We should probably vote for the guy who has immunity to the coronavirus.”
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Related, from a friend on Facebook who’s going door-to-door in Pennsylvania:
Latest news from the GOTV front: I personally still never hear anyone who switched to or from Trump bc of Covid or debates or media bombs. South Brooklyn (NY 11) or Bristol/Levittown.
My boss in Bristol says TONS of people switched – streaming into office to chg registration to GOP bc:
1) Philly riots that went right up to the county line but Bucks Co police stopped them from coming in. + lots have cops family members or friends. 2) COVID: many out of work for months, flatten the curve goalposts moving, fed up. 3) debates: Harris bitchface, Pence steady nice guy.
Historically as lower Bucks Cty goes, so goes PA.
PS DONT GET COCKY.
And I got this email from a friend about his lunch with three Hispanic co-workers:
They are all mid 20’s and working full time. They are all perfectly bi-lingual. Two were born in the USA and one in Mexico.
I asked them what they thought about Trump and Biden. This is what it all boiled down to:
‘Trump’s going to win. He says stupid shit but he actually does what he says he will do so they [other politicians] hate him.’
‘Biden’s going to lose. No one wants to elect a child molester.’ They all then went on about the videos of Biden sniffing children. They were viscerally disgusted. They also wondered why they heard so much about Hillary and absolutely nothing about Biden. They figured they [politicians again] were keeping Biden quiet because “he liked to creep on girls.” (Their words).
I was pretty shocked at the whole conversation, as I guess I just assumed they’d vote Biden. None of them are willing to take a phone or internet poll. They are afraid of Antifa finding out. They are all armed and have concealed carry permits. One bought his first gun and the other two bought more guns recently. They also talked of Antifa and a coming Civil War and are on the side of law and order. Even so, they think the police are definitely prejudiced against “brown people” and they really want serious police reform. I was really shocked by the whole conversation.
Is there a hidden Trump vote? Absolutely. How big is it? We’ll see. And don’t get cocky. Pedal to the metal all the way.