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Donald and Melania Trump meet the swing states of North Carolina and Florida


First Lady Melania Trump attended a rally with her husband, President Donald Trump, on Thursday, just five days before the 2020 presidential election. The couple kissed on stage before opening the event for him.

She told a nearly completely mask-free crowd in Tampa that her husband and team were working to not only destroy the virus and rebuild the economy, but also to focus on creating ways people could safely stop themselves isolate and meet safely with friends a safe distance. & # 39;

In front of her stood about 6,000 people, packed so tightly that they were sprayed with water to keep them cool in the 86 degree heat.

The first couple's supporters were in place hours before their scheduled early afternoon arrival, and at least three medical emergencies were announced over loudspeakers and organizers deployed water hoses to keep the packed supporters cool.

The potential for medical problems existed just days after dozens of supporters required medical attention at the end of a rally in freezing conditions in Omaha, Nebraska, when shuttle buses to take them to their cars failed to arrive.

Florida coronavirus cases have fallen from their July peak of 15,000 cases per day, but were down 4,115 on Wednesday and are on the up.

The crowd sang "We love you" as she took the stage with her husband and cheered when he kissed her at the end of her short speech.

The first lady, with Trump by her side, told a packed and sweaty crowd: "A vote for President Trump is a vote for a better America."

Opening with a kiss: Donald and Melania Trump kissed after they opened up for him on stage – in front of a crowd

Support for her husband: Melania Trump spoke to a crowd at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa to chants of "We love you".

Support for her husband: Melania Trump spoke to a crowd at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa to chants of "We love you".

You can stop isolating and see your friends from afar: Melania Trump promised that her husband would work towards these goals – in front of an audience that is full and maskless

Proud Husband: Donald Trump beamed as Melania Trump endorsed him for a second term to cheer fans in Tampa

Proud Husband: Donald Trump beamed as Melania Trump endorsed him for a second term to cheer fans in Tampa

Here for the first couple: This was the scene of the crowds waiting for the rally with Melania and Donald Trump in Tampa - their first appearance on the campaign trail in more than a year

Here for the first couple: This was the scene of crowds awaiting the rally with Melania and Donald Trump in Tampa – their first appearance on the campaign trail in more than a year

Virtually Mask Free: There was no social distancing and no sign of masks as an estimated 6,000 people came to the rally venue

Virtually Mask Free: There was no social distancing and no sign of masks as an estimated 6,000 people came to the rally venue

Red Sea, without a mask: This was the scene just before Donald and Melania Trump arrived in Tampa for their rally

Red Sea without a mask: This was the scene just before Donald and Melania Trump arrived in Tampa for their rally

Preparations for the President: Fans of the crowded venue were stuck in the 85-degree heat, waiting for the Republican candidate to arrive at Raymond James Stadium

Preparations for the President: Fans of the crowded venue were stuck in the 85-degree heat, waiting for the Republican candidate to arrive at Raymond James Stadium

Four years to go: Before Trump arrived, the crowd tested chants with warm-up exercises, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis - but they did not distance themselves socially and did not wear masks

Four years to go: Before Trump arrived, the crowd tested chants with warm-up exercises, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis – but they did not distance themselves socially and did not wear masks

Packed in the stands: there was no social distancing in the seats behind which the president was supposed to speak

Packed in the stands: there was no social distancing in the seats behind which the president was supposed to speak

Supersoaker in action: the crowd was cooled with water before the event started

Supersoaker in action: the crowd was cooled with water before the event started

And she pointed out that they were back in their home state.

She has ticked a number of her husband's accomplishments, including "Historic Middle East Peace".

"We didn't just talk about it, we moved our embassy to Jerusalem," she noted.

The first lady also said the economy was "restored". "And our unemployment has shrunk."

She promised that "health care for every citizen will continue to be his priority".

Melania Trump also said her husband continues to work to destroy the virus.

Sometimes the audience sang that she should turn up her microphone because she was not speaking at the same volume as her husband, who immediately began his speechless speech.

After she left

Trump not only congratulated the first lady on her appearance, but also ditched his embattled chief of staff Mark Meadows, who is reportedly on thin ice with the president and could be fired after Nov. 3.

The president briefly alluded to his campaign rival Joe Biden and said he "came out of his basement" – an endorsement from the Democratic candidate, who is also going to Tampa to camp.

However, he focused on the discovery that Miles Taylor, the Homeland Security chief of staff who became a public critic of the President in August, was also "anonymous".

"It turns out it's a bad life!" Noted Trump. The president said he kept trying to find out who among his senior officials wrote what was originally a piece of the New York Times.

& # 39; Everyone goes to my office. Oh Foreign Minister Pompeo. I could name any of them. All the great people – I look at them, I say, I wonder if that could be the one. & # 39;

Trump pointed out that Taylor moved from an editorial in the New York Times to a feature on CNN – and he also appeared on Google, all of the president's favorite enemies, including "big tech." Members of the audience started a "CNN sucks" chant.

"It shouldn't happen and he should be prosecuted," Trump said. "Are you listening to me in Washington?" Asked Trump. "Along with the New York Times," Trump said.

"Bad things are going to happen to him!" Said Trump. "It's such a terrible treason to do something and get away with it."

Trump revived Joe Biden's gruesome attack at the Tampa rally. "He's a sensitive guy!" Trump told the crowd. The President continued on his usual lines. "Joe Biden is a corrupt politician and the wrong news will not write about it," said the president.

He mocked Biden for not holding large rallies and shouting "lid" early on if a candidate does not leave his home. "That's about 50 percent of the campaign," noted Trump Biden's lighter campaign plan.

"It took me three years to get him out of Congress and become chief of staff," Trump told the crowd, applauding Meadow's efforts.

At one point, Trump pointed to a taller man near the crowd and said he was going to cry. Trump said that he too wanted to cry when he heard the chant "I love you" but chose not to because leaders like Chinese President Xi could judge him.

He also said China was buying up corn and soybeans from American farmers – Trump said it was proof they knew he was going to win.

Surprisingly, the president had nice things to say about NBC's Kristen Welker, who moderated the final debate between him and Biden.

"She really should have been unfair," Trump said, pointing out that her parents had donated money to the Democrats.

A new Florida poll released Thursday shows that in the days leading up to the election, 51 percent of likely voters in swing state would prefer Biden to 47 percent who support Trump - a 4 percent margin in a poll rated 4 , 4 percent margin of error

A new Florida poll released Thursday shows that in the days leading up to the election, 51 percent of likely voters in swing state would prefer Biden to 47 percent who support Trump – a 4 percent margin in a poll rated 4 , 4 percent margin of error

Trump's warm-up exercise in the 86-degree heat was Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who had to call twice during his brief speech to get medical attention for the audience. Another speaker outside DeSantis also had to ask for help for someone in the crowd.

The supporters, a super majority who wore no masks, huddled near the front on which the podium was set up.

Sometime before Trump's arrival, a huge fountain began to spray the audience.

The appearance of the First Lady underscores the importance of Florida.

The last time Melania Trump attended a rally was in Orlando, Florida in June 2019.

Melania Trump was originally scheduled to debut at the campaign rally on October 20 and accompany her husband to his event in Erie, Pennsylvania. However, the trip was interrupted due to a persistent cough from the coronavirus.

Both Melania Trump and the president tested positive for COVID-19 on October 1.

Trump resumed his rallies on October 12.

Escorted off the stage: Donald Trump led his wife to the end of the raised podium after addressing the 6,000 spectators

Escorted from the stage: Donald Trump led his wife to the end of the raised podium after addressing the 6,000 spectators

Observation of her husband: Melania Trump took a seat in a corner of the cordoned off area in front of the crowd after her speech

Observation of her husband: Melania Trump took a seat in a corner of the cordoned off area in front of the crowd after her speech

Distancing someone: Melania Trump got a seat at the side of the podium after her speech

Distancing someone: Melania Trump got a seat at the side of the podium after her speech

Lineup for Trump: This was the scene that morning when supporters arrived for the joint rally with Melania and Donald Trump

Lineup for Trump: This was the scene that morning when supporters arrived for the joint rally with Melania and Donald Trump

No signs of masks: The crowds gathering in the seating area appeared to be avoiding government safety guidelines

No signs of masks: The crowds gathering in the seating area appeared to be avoiding government safety guidelines

Here for the Trumps: This was the crowd at the Tampa Rally - as the number of cases escalated across the country

Here for the Trumps: This was the crowd at the Tampa Rally – as the number of cases escalated across the country

Here to show support: This is how a fan came to the event

Here to show support: This is how a fan came to the event

The first public event the First Lady attended after the onset of the coronavirus was the presidential debate on October 22nd in Nashville, Tennessee.

Then, on Tuesday, she went on a solo excursion to Atglen, Pennsylvania with former President Advisor Kellyanne Conway to bolster support in the Philadelphia suburbs.

There she launched an all-out attack against the Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his party.

"Joe Biden's politics and socialist agenda will only serve to destroy America and everything that has been built in the last four years," said the First Lady. "We have to keep Donald in the White House so he can finish what he started and our country can continue to prosper."

She reminded potential voters that her husband was on impeachment proceedings when the coronavirus hit the US coast.

“Let's not forget what the Democrats were focusing on when COVID-19 first hit our country. While the president was taking decisive steps to protect the American people, the Democrats were wasting American tax dollars in a sham impeachment, "she said.

They cared more about removing our president-elect. In the meantime, I've watched Donald continue to work hard to keep people informed, protect our economy, and make tough and unpopular decisions to do whatever it takes to protect us all, ”she continued .

& # 39; AWESOME !!! & # 39; TRUMP HAILS 33.1% GDP GROWTH – BUT THE ECONOMY IS STILL IN A DEEP HOLE FROM COVID

The US economy saw record growth of 33.1 percent in July, August and September, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said Thursday – a number that President Trump immediately called "AWESOME !!!"

This was the fastest pace since government records began in 1947, following a historic contraction rate of 31.4% in the second quarter.

The record-breaking growth came as Trump sought to take the economy to the top in the final days of the election – although it is a period of strong negative growth with millions of Americans still filing for unemployment.

& # 39; GDP figure just announced. Biggest and best in the history of our country and not even close, ”the president wrote on Twitter. "Next year will be fantastic !!!"

Trump then used the development to attack rival Joe Biden, who is focusing his campaign on the coronavirus while Trump pushes for a reopening.

The two faced each other in Tampa, Florida, with Trump holding a mass rally and Biden bringing up a smaller event.

However, & # 39; Sleepy Joe Biden and his proposed tax hike on records would kill everything. I'm so glad this huge GDP figure was released before November 3rd, ”wrote Trump.

Thursday's bureau's estimate for third-quarter growth brought back only about two-thirds of production lost earlier this year when the economy essentially froze as security orders forced restaurants, bars and many retailers to close.

But the markets ignored the seemingly good news when the Dow was up just 48 points by noon, after falling nearly 2,000 points since last Friday as traders struggled with rising COVID numbers, lockdowns in Europe and Europe

President Donald Trump tweeted about the record growth and predicted the next year would be "AWESOME !!!"

President Donald Trump tweeted about the record growth and predicted the next year would be "AWESOME !!!"

However, Biden beat up Trump in a statement accompanying the new economic report for his responsibility for the economy and the pandemic.

"President Trump's failure to take action this spring to take control of the coronavirus resulted in businesses, schools closing and tens of millions of people becoming unemployed, which could have been prevented," he said.

& # 39; This report underscores three inescapable truths about Donald Trump's economy: We are in a deep hole, and President Trump's failure to act meant that third quarter growth was nowhere near enough to keep us to get out. Recovery slows down if it doesn't stall. and the recovery that is taking place helps the front runners but leaves tens of millions of working families and small businesses behind. & # 39;

The increase in GDP growth will make up for just over half of the 10.6% drop in output in the first half of the year. In comparison, the economy contracted 4% during the Great Recession in 2007-09.

More than $ 3 trillion in federal pandemic aid spending fueled historic consumer spending, but the deep scars from the COVID-19 recession could take a year or more to heal.

Just over half of the 22.2 million jobs lost during the pandemic have been made up, and layoffs persist. The economy plunged into recession in February.

The economy is now weakening again and facing threats again. Confirmed virus cases are increasing. The attitude has dropped. The state incentives have been exhausted. With no further federal aid in sight this year, Goldman Sachs has lowered its growth forecast for the current fourth quarter from 6% to 3% per year.

"We have a pretty noxious concoction that is unfolding with the worsening pandemic, the lack of further government incentives and signs that the economy is already slowing significantly," said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics.

Thursday's GDP growth estimate is the last major economic report before election day following a campaign President Donald Trump attempted to set his pre-pandemic economic record. Trump has generally received solid public support for his handling of the economy.

Although the unemployment rate fell significantly to 7.9% from 14.7% at the beginning of the pandemic recession, it is still historically high. And the attitude slowed down for three months. The economy still has around 10.7 million jobs without regaining all 22 million jobs that were lost in the pandemic.

No one denies that Thursday's Department of Commerce report on gross domestic product – one of the last major economic scorecards ahead of next week's presidential election – is one for the history books.

That said, it will do little to alleviate the human tragedy caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Dozens of million Americans are still unemployed and more than 222,000 dead.

Flags in the air: Trump fans arrived with merchandise, as well as state and U.S. flags for the event

Flags in the air: Trump fans arrived with merchandise, as well as state and U.S. flags for the event

Ultra Trump loyalists arrived hours before the president's rally at Raymond James Stadium, where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play

Ultra Trump loyalists arrived hours before the president's rally at Raymond James Stadium, where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play

Thousands of Trump supporters lined up to gain access to the afternoon rally

Thousands of Trump supporters lined up to gain access to the afternoon rally

Getting into their car: Donald Trump walked up to his wife on his way to the Tampa rally venue

Getting into their car: Donald Trump walked up to his wife on his way to the Tampa rally venue

PDA: Trump kissed Melania repeatedly - first when they met, when their planes landed in Tampa, and then on stage

PDA: Trump kissed Melania repeatedly – first when they met, when their planes landed in Tampa, and then on stage

She repeated her husband's line of attack against Biden – he called it "xenophobic hysteria" – and implemented his partial travel ban from China at the end of January.

"Now he's suggesting that he could have done a better job," she said. "Well, the American people can look at Joe Biden's 36 years in Congress and eight years in the Vice Presidency and see if they think he can finally do something for the American people."

Trump and Joe Biden will both battle it out in Florida on Thursday, where they'll hold their respective rallies just hours apart as the contestants watch the swing state votes essential to next week's victory.

Florida, now the president's home state, is vital for Trump to get a second term as it is the 2020 battlefield state with the most electoral college votes.

Biden & # 39; s was accompanied by the daughter of his late son Beau, Natalie (right), for his election campaign through Florida on Thursday

Biden & # 39; s was accompanied by the daughter of his late son Beau, Natalie (right), for his election campaign through Florida on Thursday

Biden and his granddaughter left rainy New Castle, Delaware, for the Sunshine State

Biden and his granddaughter left rainy New Castle, Delaware, for the Sunshine State

Both candidates will hold their campaign rallies in the Gulf Coast city of Tampa, where they will encourage voters to appear on November 3rd in an area of ​​Florida known for its rapid residential growth, including sprawling suburbs.

In addition to the rallies in Tampa, the similarities in the election campaign also end there.

Trump hosts his midday rally a lot outside of Buccaneer & # 39; s Stadium, which also happens to be an early voting venue in Hillsborough County.

The close proximity is sure to create a traffic jam for those who want to cast their early votes in person in that particular location. That means the president can seriously increase the turnout before, during and after his rally.

Hillsborough County's polling officer has already issued a statement warning voters of traffic delays.

Although campaigning is prohibited within 150 feet of a polling station, the rally is technically on the edge of the border with no campaigning – meaning nothing can be done to prevent the president from holding the event even though he's out of the Camp Biden is raging.

Trump's rally is expected to mirror his hundreds of others, with thousands of fanatical supporters gathering in close proximity to one another. And if his previous coronavirus-era rallies are signs of it, there won't be any social distancing or face covering requirements. Biden's campaign event, which will be held on Thursday evening, will be drive-in rally style to ensure social distancing.

Trump won Florida by a 1.2 percent lead in 2016 and received 48.6 percent of the vote for Hillary Clinton's 47.4 percent – the state would be a huge win for both candidates.

According to a new NBC News / Marist poll released Thursday, Biden has 4 percent more support than Trump in the Sunshine State – largely due to his support from senior citizens and independent voters.

Of the 743 likely voters polled in Florida October 25-27, 51 percent say they support Biden versus the 47 percent who favor Trump. In particular, the error rate of the survey is plus or minus 4.4. Percentage points.

Only 2 percent of Florida voters are undecided or vote someone other than Trump or Biden.

Florida was considered a litter by the Cook Political Report, and is the most influential "litter" state with 29 electoral college votes.

The dueling rallies underscore the importance of the area as Tampa embodies a wide variety of Floridians with urban, suburban and rural populations, as well as a range of races and everything from the working class to retired Americans.

If Trump gets another angry victory, Florida will be the state to help him achieve it, and if Biden is to stop the president's chance of re-election, Florida is the only state that could do it.

More than 73 million Americans have already voted, absent or prematurely, by mail or in person.

Trump and Biden have put in high gear with stringent campaign plans as they seek to motivate the millions who have not yet voted and will show up in person on Tuesday.

The president is also planning a rally in South Florida this weekend, while the former vice president holds an event on Thursday the day before his rally in democratically rich Broward County, which includes Fort Lauderdale north of Miami.

While polling day voting traditionally favors Republicans and early votes are more likely to target Democrats, the coronavirus pandemic, which killed more than 227,000 people in the U.S., has created new uncertainty about the makeup of voters.

The Florida visit comes as Biden has made his final argument to voters on responsible management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Even if I win, it will take a lot of hard work to end this pandemic," Biden said Wednesday during a speech in Wilmington, Delaware. "I promise, we will start doing the right things on the first day."

Trump promises the nation is already on its way to defeat the virus.

The president spent Wednesday in Arizona, where loose social distancing rules made it easier to hold large rallies. Tausende versammelten sich in unmittelbarer Nähe, ohne Masken zu tragen – ein Trend, der sich im letzten Sprint zum Wahltag über mehr als ein Dutzend Ereignisse fortsetzen sollte.

Nach seiner Kundgebung in Tampa am Donnerstagabend wird Trump mit First Lady Melania zu einer weiteren Kundgebung nach Fayetteville, North Carolina, reisen.

Er hat in den Tagen vor den Wahlen einen viel ehrgeizigeren Wahlkampfplan aufgestellt als der demokratische Kandidat – manchmal hält er drei Kundgebungen pro Tag zusammen mit anderen Wahlkampf- und Präsidentschaftsaufgaben ab.

Biden reist später in der Woche in drei weitere Bundesstaaten, die Trump 2016 gewonnen hat: Iowa, Wisconsin und Michigan, wo er eine gemeinsame Samstagsrallye mit dem ehemaligen Präsidenten Barack Obama abhalten wird.

Die Folgen der Pandemie eskalierten: In 39 Bundesstaaten stiegen die Todesfälle und landesweit starben durchschnittlich 805 Menschen täglich – gegenüber 714 vor zwei Wochen. Der starke Anstieg löste Schockwellen an den Finanzmärkten aus und ließ den Dow Jones Industrial Average um mehr als 900 Punkte fallen.

Trump, der häufig steigende Märkte lobt, erwähnte den Rückgang am Mittwoch nicht. Aber er versprach, dass die Wirtschaftswachstumszahlen für das Sommerquartal, das am Donnerstag fällig ist, stark sein würden, und erklärte während einer Kundgebung in Bullhead City, Arizona: "Diese Wahl ist eine Wahl zwischen einer Trump-Supererholung und einer Biden-Depression."

Trump setzt auf die umfangreichen Feld- und Datenoperationen der GOP und auf die als "Poll Flushing" bezeichneten Bemühungen, die Listen der Bezirke zu überwachen, die gewählt haben und noch nicht, um am Wahltag einen späten Stimmenschub zu erzielen. Das Republikanische Nationalkomitee, das mehr als 3.000 Außendienstmitarbeiter hat und mehr als 2,5 Millionen Freiwillige beansprucht, wird diese Informationen nutzen, um Trump-Anhänger zu erreichen, die während des gesamten Wahltags nicht gewählt haben, um sicherzustellen, dass sie an den Wahlen teilnehmen.

"Wir werden unsere historischen Bemühungen um die Öffentlichkeitsarbeit für Wähler fortsetzen, indem wir an über 4,5 Millionen Türen klopfen und weitere 15 Millionen Anrufe tätigen, um sicherzustellen, dass die Wähler an den Wahlen teilnehmen und Präsident Trump und die Republikaner auf und ab wählen", sagte Parteisprecher Mandi Merritt.

Nirgendwo sind diese Bemühungen wichtiger als in Florida. Ohne die 29 Wahlstimmen des Schlachtfeldstaates ist Trumps Weg zum Sieg außerordentlich schwierig.

Trump setzt auf die lokale Berichterstattung über seinen Besuch, um ein erhebliches Werbedefizit zu überwinden, das sich aus einer späten Geldkrise ergibt. Biden und seine Verbündeten geben Trump und seinen Unterstützern in Florida beim letzten Vorstoß zum Wahltag mehr als 3: 1 aus – etwa 23 bis 7 Millionen US-Dollar -, so die Daten der Anzeigenverfolgungsfirma Kantar / CMAG.

Sowohl im Hillsborough County, zu dem Tampa gehört, als auch im angrenzenden Pinellas County drücken die Demokraten ihre Stimmen per Post nieder. Bis Mittwochmorgen hatten in Hillsborough mehr als 53.000 Demokraten per Post abgestimmt als Republikaner. In Pinellas, dem größten der vier Bezirke des Bundesstaates, der 2016 von Obama zu Trump wechselte, waren es nur knapp 30.000 Demokraten, die per Post abstimmten als Republikaner.

Die Republikaner in beiden Landkreisen haben einen leichten Vorteil bei der vorzeitigen persönlichen Abstimmung des Staates, die am vergangenen Samstag begann, als Trump selbst im US-Bundesstaat Palm Beach abstimmte, und die GOP wird wahrscheinlich am Dienstag eine starke Leistung brauchen, um die demokratischen Vorsprünge zu überwinden.

Aufgrund der Bedenken hinsichtlich der Einreichungsfristen, der Rückstände bei den Postdiensten und des Potenzials für langwierige rechtliche Herausforderungen drängen die Demokraten ihre Unterstützer, die noch keinen Stimmzettel zurücksenden müssen, um persönlich an den Wahlen teilzunehmen. Trump setzt unterdessen auf die Begeisterung seiner Anhänger am Wahltag, um die deutliche demokratische Stärke bei einigen frühen Rückkehrern zu überwinden.

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