President Donald Trump appealed to Michigan voters for a second term with a beautiful sunset.
"I'm struggling to survive," he told the crowd.
The president wasted no time asking the state to vote for him, as it did in 2016, slamming Democratic rival Joe Biden and comparing him to his past opponent, Hillary Clinton.
"Now we have a man who can make Hillary look like a baby," he said of Biden.
"He's a very weak fragile – he's a fragile person and he's very excited," he said of his rival. & # 39; And now he's coming out with the aviator goggles. He wants to look like Tom Cruise from a long time ago. & # 39;
Trump won the state, part of a Midwestern group known as the "blue wall", in a victory that shocked Democrats four years ago. He also took Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – the three states hadn't voted for a Republican presidential candidate in more than 20 years.
He wants to repeat this momentum in the elections on Tuesday.
"We want the same results as we did four years ago in Michigan," he told fans at his third rally of the day in Traverse City, Michigan.
"If we win Michigan, it will be over," he said of the state.
Vice President Mike Pence joined the President to wave to the crowd. Pence greeted the President on stage, but then flew into that beautiful sunset while Trump spoke. The crowd was distracted for a moment when Air Force Two took off overhead and flew away.
& # 39; Look at the sky. Let's just look at the sky for a while, "Trump said of the red, glowing sky.
The president claimed he had earned high ratings for the media and that would end if Biden won. He predicted that if Biden won, the New York Times would close. He also said ratings for the basketball championship have fallen because people are watching his rallies instead.
"The ratings are bad because so many people are seeing this," he said.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence attend a rally in Traverse City, Michigan with a beautiful sunset
President Trump stopped in Michigan for his third rally of the day
He repeatedly attacked Biden's policies, claiming they harm Michigan's auto industry.
"A vote for Biden is a vote to root out the state's auto industry," he warned as the crowd booked out.
Biden and former President Barack Obama made their first appearance of the 2020 campaign in Michigan on Friday, reminding voters that they had saved the auto industry with a bailout during the recession.
Repeating his argument that Biden was a "corrupt" politician, Trump told the crowd, "Biden is the living embodiment of the rundown and double political system – they got rich while bleeding America to death."
"Drain the swamp," called the crow.
"You will be knocked off very soon," said Trump.
"Joe Biden is bought and paid for by Big Tech Big Media and Strong Special Interest," he said. "He will always do what you want."
He added, "I'm definitely not doing what they want."
He also complained about his treatment in Washington, specifically mentioning the impeachment process and Senator Mitt Romney's vote to convict him on one matter. Trump has been cleared of both charges by the entire Senate.
The crowd booed at Romney's name. Romney's father was Michigan governor and his niece, Ronna Romney McDaniel, is from the state and serves as the chair of the Republican National Committee.
The previous Monday, Trump stopped in Joe Biden's hometown of Scranton on Monday to attack his Democratic rival's energy policies, warning that this would be an "economic disaster" for Pennsylvania.
Trump reiterated his claim that Biden will ban fracking, which Biden has said he will not. Fracking is a major industry in the state.
"Biden's plan to reduce fracking is going to be an economic disaster for Pennsylvania," he said when the crowd booed in the thousands.
He and Biden fight for Pennsylvania – where Biden was born and Trump went to college. The state's 20 electoral votes will help determine the White House winner. Polls show Biden has a slight lead, but Trump was the first Republican to win him in more than 20 years when he took over the state in 2016.
"He left Scranton," Trump said to the crowd of Biden. "This guy is a cold fake."
In Campaign Speeches, Biden recounts how he was born in Scranton, but his family had to leave the area when he was young because his father lost his job.
"Joe has no idea," said Trump. “Joe doesn't set the tone. And I guarantee he won't be calling her long. & # 39;
The president has criticized Biden's mental and physical abilities. Biden is three years older than him.
All four members of Team Biden – Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff – storm Pennsylvania on Monday. Biden will have a rally with Lady Gaga. John Legend will perform with Kamala Harris.
Trump knocked on Biden for fighting Lady Gaga, who also cut an ad asking people to vote for the Democratic candidate.
Joe Biden (left) and Lady Gaga (right) performed together on the University of Pittsburgh campus on Monday, with the Cathedral of Learning peeking out from behind the duo
President Donald Trump stopped in Joe Biden's hometown of Scranton Monday to attack his Democratic rival's energy policies, warning it was an "economic disaster" for Pennsylvania
"He left Scranton," Trump said to the crowd of Biden. "This guy is a cold fake." In Campaign Speeches, Biden recounts how he was born in Scranton, but his family had to leave the area when he was young because his father lost his job. "Joe has no idea," said Trump. “Joe doesn't set the tone. And I guarantee he won't be calling her long. & # 39;
Supporters of President Donald Trump listen to him during a rally at Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport on Monday, November 2, 2020 in Avoca, Pennsylvania
Polls show Biden has a slight lead, but Trump was the first Republican to win him in more than 20 years when he took over the state in 2016
Supporters of President Donald Trump yell at supporters of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as they queue in their cars before attending a campaign rally with US Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris
He and Biden fight for Pennsylvania – where Biden was born and Trump went to college. The state's 20 electoral votes will help determine the White House winner
"Joe has no idea," said Trump. “Joe doesn't set the tone. And I guarantee he won't be calling her long. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Biden spoke at a campaign freeze at Beaver County's Community College in Monaca, Pennsylvania on November 2, 2020. The day before the election, Biden is fighting in Pennsylvania, a major battlefield state that President Donald Trump narrowly won in 2016
"He's got Lady Gaga," he said as the crowd roared.
"I could tell you stories about Lady Gaga," he said, adding randomly, "And Jon Bon Jovi – every time I see him he kisses my ass."
He also said he feels bad for LeBron James because the basketball ratings are so bad, adding, “I haven't seen a single shot. I'm getting bored. & # 39;
Trump praised the thousands who visited him on a cold, windy day.
"That doesn't look like second place," said Trump about his second rally of the day at Scranton-Wilkes Barre Airport.
"I think we will have a great day tomorrow," he said. "There's a lot more excitement for this campaign than there was four years ago."
When the crowd shouted, "We love you," Trump jokingly asked them not to make him cry, saying the media would claim he collapsed, "I don't know, hey, maybe that would lift you up, right? You collect 10 points for crying. I still don't want to do it. & # 39;
& # 39; What a lot. I have three more to do so I can stay with you all day, ”Trump told them. Three more rallies are planned for Monday.
He then criticized, as has often been the case, a decision by the Supreme Court to allow the state to extend its deadline for counting postal ballots for three days after the election. The 2016 state competition was extremely close – Trump won Pennsylvania by less than 1 point – so the verdict was a blow to him and a boost to the Democrats.
Trump said the ruling "created a dangerous situation" and a "very bad situation for the state".
He said his team will keep an eye on the number of votes and Democratic Governor Tom Wolf.
“Please don't cheat the governor. Please don't cheat. Because we're all watching. We have many eyes on the governor and his friends, ”he said. On Sunday, Trump said his campaign was ready to send lawyers on election night to dispute ballots.
Trump reiterated his claim that Biden will ban fracking, which Biden has said he will not. Fracking is a major industry in the state
First Lady Melania Trump arrives for a rally in Magnolia Woods on Monday, November 2, 2020 in Huntersville, NC.
He also said he feels bad for LeBron James because the basketball ratings are so bad, adding, “I haven't seen a single shot. I'm getting bored & # 39;
Trump appealed directly to voters in the state – particularly suburban women, a group that helped him win the White House but slowly moved away from it and helped Democrats win the House in the medium term in 2018
Supporters of US President Donald Trump take part in a rally at Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport in Avoca, Pennsylvania, USA, on November 2
The president is holding five rallies in four states before election day to give voters his final argument for a second term
Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) arrives for a car campaign on the eve of the general election on November 2, 2020 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
The president has reopened complaints he made regularly on the campaign – about polls (showing he is lagging behind Biden), the media (he believes they are not covering Biden enough) and the tech industry.
“I know which trends are better than anyone else in the world. I've been trending all my life, ”he boasted.
He also gave a greeting to Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit party in England, who attended the event.
Trump appealed directly to voters in the state – particularly suburban women, a group that helped him win the White House but slowly moved away from it and helped Democrats win the House in the medium term in 2018.
“Love me, women from the suburbs. Love me, ”said the President.
Trump started his last day of campaigning with an ancient litany of complaints – against the polls, against Biden, against the media, against his impeachment trial, and even against his 2016 enemy, Hillary Clinton.
The president will hold five rallies in four states before election day to give voters his final argument for a second term.
"Go out and vote, that's all I ask," he told the crowd at his first of five rallies.
“We have five of them today – five. We have some big ones, ”he said of his schedule for the day at his first stop in Fayettsville, North Carolina.
What he said was a retraction of all the mistakes he believes were committed against him while he was at the White House. The president previously complained about a "Deep State" conspiracy in the government working against him.
“I've been screened since I became president. I have to be tough, ”he said. "I have a cloud over my head whether I like it or not."
And he pushed back against those who said he was angry in his online posts and said he had to defend himself.
& # 39; He's very, very angry. His Twitter, ”he said of what his critics were saying. “If I didn't have social media, I wouldn't be here. I have to be able to defend myself. & # 39;
He hit Biden's mental faculties. Trump has described himself as a "very stable genius" and during the debates asked Biden to take a cognitive test that does not measure intelligence.
"He is mentally incapable of being your president," he said of Biden. "He's not a nice person, he was never a smart person, he is a sensitive person."
The president, who wore a red MAGA hat against the windy day, also cursed the polls longer than the last ones before the election showed Biden at the top.
"I hope I haven't bored you," he told the North Carolina crowd when he finished. & # 39; I found it interesting. It was interesting for me. & # 39;
In Fayetteville, North Carolina, President Donald Trump scheduled the first of five campaign events to give voters his final argument for a second term
The president will hold five rallies in four states before election day to give voters his final argument for a second term. Pictured: Trump supporters cheer as he arrives to speak during a campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport
"Go out and vote, that's all I ask," he told the crowd at his first of five rallies. “We have five of them today – five. We have some big ones, ”he said of his schedule for the day at his first stop in Fayettsville, North Carolina
What he said was a retraction of all the mistakes he believes were committed against him while he was at the White House. The president previously complained about a "Deep State" conspiracy in the government working against him
And he pushed back against those who said he was angry in his online posts and said he had to defend himself. & # 39; He's very, very angry. His Twitter, ”he said of what his critics were saying. “If I didn't have social media, I wouldn't be here. I have to be able to defend myself. & # 39;
The President again called for the results of the competition to be announced on Tuesday that night. The winner may not be known for a few days as many people use postal ballot paper due to the coronavirus pandemic
He called Biden "corrupt" while arguing that he was not a "politician" – and reiterated an outsider's argument that won him the White House in 2016.
"We will dethrone the failed political class," he vowed as the crowd cheered.
The president once again requested that the results of the competition be announced on Tuesday that night. The winner may not be known for a few days as many people use postal ballot paper due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Supreme Court has extended deadlines for ballot counting in several states – a blow to the Republican Party.
"I'm just so tired of some of these terrible political decisions that are insane," he said of the Supreme Court, where he has appointed three judges. He said the court's decision on extended deadlines "endangers our country".
However, most of what he said was a list of complaints and criticisms made by the President over the past four years.
Trump reiterated his "espionage" complaint against his last presidential campaign, referring to an FBI intelligence investigation into whether Russia tried to influence the elections.
He also complained that Joe and Hunter Biden were not getting enough critical media coverage and brought up Hillary Clinton's emails.
"Lock him up" and "lock her up" the crowd yelled back.
"If I do one thing, the dishonesty will be exposed in the media," the president announced.
He criticized the media for failing to report items on a laptop allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden and showing emails between him and Ukrainian officials dating back to when his father was vice president. There were concerns that the information has not been verified and may have been from Russia.
"They refuse to write a story," Trump said over the media and Jäger's emails. "You can't have a scandal if nobody writes about it."
Trump reiterated his "espionage" complaint against his last presidential campaign, citing an FBI investigation into whether Russia was trying to influence the elections
He also complained that Joe and Hunter Biden were not getting enough critical media coverage and brought up Hillary Clinton's emails. "Lock him up" and "lock her up" the crowd yelled back
The president, who wore a red MAGA hat against the windy day, also cursed the polls longer than the last ones before the election showed Biden at the top
He called the special adviser Robert Mueller a "false fraud". Müller kam zu dem Schluss, dass es keine Absprachen zwischen Russland und Trumps Wahlkampf gab. Er konnte nicht schließen, ob Präsident Trump versuchte, seine Ermittlungen zu behindern
Aber seine Anhänger jubelten ihm zu, als er die Fehler gegen ihn auflistete. "Wir lieben Trump, wir lieben Trump", sangen sie
"Sie haben die gefälschten Nachrichten, über die nicht geschrieben wird, und Big Tech lässt sie nicht veröffentlichen", sagte er und bezog sich auf Twitter, das den Account der New York Post einfrierte, weil es einen Link zu ihrer unbestätigten Geschichte auf Jägers angeblichem Laptop gepostet hatte. Der Laptop wurde in einem Reparaturgeschäft in Delaware entdeckt. Eine Kopie der Festplatte wurde der Zeitung von Rudy Giuliani, dem persönlichen Anwalt von Präsident Trump, übergeben.
„Wir haben keine Pressefreiheit. Wir haben lange nicht mehr gehabt. Wir haben Unterdrückung der Presse ", sagte der Präsident und machte sich ein Kompliment:" Was für schöne Worte. "
Er fuhr mit diesem Thema fort: "Es ist das genaue Gegenteil von Pressefreiheit."
Dann beschwerte er sich über seine Behandlung.
"Sie haben mich angeklagt, weil ich einen perfekten Anruf getätigt habe", fuhr er fort und schimpfte ausführlich über die "verrückte" Sprecherin Nancy Pelosi und den demokratischen Amtsenthebungsprozess.
Er bezeichnete den Sonderberater Robert Mueller als "falschen Betrug". Müller kam zu dem Schluss, dass es keine Absprachen zwischen Russland und Trumps Wahlkampf gab. Er konnte nicht schließen, ob Präsident Trump versuchte, seine Ermittlungen zu behindern.
Aber seine Anhänger jubelten ihm zu, als er die Fehler gegen ihn auflistete.
"Wir lieben Trump, wir lieben Trump", sangen sie.
Donald Trump und Joe Biden begannen am Montag ihren letzten Wahlkampf mit dem Demokraten in den Umfragen, aber die Republikaner glauben, dass sie eine Wiederholung ihres Schocksiegs 2016 schaffen können.
Biden bestieg seinen Jet am New Castle Airport in Delaware und sagte "noch einen Tag", als er nach Cleveland, Ohio, dann Pennsylvania fuhr, während Trump in Florida an Bord der Air Force One ging, um zu einer Kundgebung in Fayetteville, North Carolina, zu gehen.
Trump veranstaltet insgesamt fünf Rallyes, die wie 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, enden, bevor er ins Weiße Haus zurückkehrt.
Donald Trump und Joe Biden begannen am Montag ihren letzten Wahlkampf mit dem Demokraten in den Umfragen, aber die Republikaner glauben, dass sie eine Wiederholung ihres Schocksiegs 2016 schaffen können
Biden stieg am New Castle Airport in Delaware in seinen Jet und sagte "noch einen Tag", als er nach Cleveland, Ohio, dann Pennsylvania fuhr
Biden verbrachte seinen Tag in Pennsylvania und zeigte, wie die Straße zum Weißen Haus nun für beide Männer verläuft, mit einem Zwischenstopp in Pittsburgh und einer Drive-In-Kundgebung mit Lady Gaga
Die Republikaner glauben, dass der Hochtempo-Angriff, bei dem es in Avoca, Pennsylvania, Traverse City, Michigan, und Kenosha, Wisconsin, vor dem letzten Ereignis zu Stopps kommt, Trump helfen könnte, eine zweite Amtszeit zu erreichen.
Er verließ Florida, nachdem er am späten Sonntagabend zum fünften von fünf Rallyes an diesem Tag geflogen war.
Trumps Zeitplan zeigt, wie seine Strategie darauf ausgerichtet ist, genau das Make-up seines Sieges für 2016 zu wiederholen – aber Umfragen in letzter Minute haben ihn in den mittelwestlichen Bundesstaaten Pennsylvania, Michigan und Wisconsin, auf die er seine Energie konzentriert hat, weit hinter sich gelassen.
Biden was spending his day in Pennsylvania, showing how the road to the White House now runs through it for both men, with a stop in Pittsburgh and a drive-in rally there with Lady Gaga.
Trump had finished his five state, five rally tour Sunday night landing in Miami, Florida just after 11.30pm – where it was a balmy 79 degrees – and dad-dancing offstage to 'YMCA' at 10 'til 1am.
'Two days from now we're going to win my home state of Florida!' Trump told the cheering crowd. 'You know who else thinks we're going to win, the Democrats, think we're going to win,' he said about Tuesday's presidential race.
Trump started his day at a rally in Michigan, where it was cold, sleeting and snowing. He moved on to Iowa where it was cold and windy. His shortest rally, in North Carolina, had better weather. And in Georgia the wind had picked up again.
'I've been doing this since early in the morning – only for you,' Trump said.
In Miami, he was hoarse and spoke at a lower volume than usual, but promised he would keep things going.
'This is the last one of the day, so we can stay all night,' he told the crowd after midnight.
He talked for 62 minutes.
'Tomorrow I have five more. Five more. Five more and let's crash,' Trump said. 'I don't know if I can crash. Tuesday is going to be a very exciting day.'
While polls have consistently shown Trump tied or behind in key swing states the president said he didn't really need to make his final two stops of the night – in Georgia and then in Florida.
One last push: Donald Trump exits his limousine to climb aboard Air Force One for a flight from Miami to Fayetteville, North Carolina, for the first of the five rallies of his final day on the campaign trail
'One more day': Joe Biden heads for his campaign plane at New Castle Airport in Delaware, to start day of campaigning in Pennsylvania
Joe Biden is ahead of Donald Trump outside the poll's margin of error in Pennsylvania and Florida, two states that could decide the election on Tuesday
Support for Trump has dropped since the start of the coronavirus pandemic
On his way: Donald Trump climbs the stairs to Air Force One for the first of his five stops on Monday
Last call: Donald Trump took a call in The Beast before getting out and climbing the steps to Air Force One
Security: The thickness of the armor plating on the presidential limousine is evident as Donald Trump gets out
Off to Pennsylvania: Joe Biden climbs the steps of his campaign plane as he heads for stops including one on Cleveland, Ohio, and two events in Pittsburgh
On his way: Joe Biden heads for Pennsylvania with the polls there putting him ahead outside the margin of error
'In fact they said, 'Sir, you don't have to go to Georgia,' they said a couple of days ago. I said, 'Wait a minute, people are waiting for two and a half days, I'm not going to cancel on Georgia,' Trump said.
'I guess I could have cancelled you too,' he told Floridians. 'But nobody would have the courage to cancel you.'
At his final rally, he hinted that he might fire Dr. Anthony Fauci.
'Don't tell anybody, but let me wait until a little bit after the election,' Trump said, responding to a 'Fire Fauci!' chant that had broken out.
At another point in the rally, he commented on Biden's trim figure.
'His legs have gotten very thin,' Trump said.
To keep the crowds pumped up for Trump's late night arrival, nearly every prominent Republican from the Sunshine State gave a speech, including Sen. Marco Rubio – a Trump 2016 primary rival – Sen. Rick Scott and Gov. Ron DeSantis.
DeSantis had to pause his remarks to call for a medic – as the heat was making supporters feel ill.
Rubio seemingly signaled support for the Texas MAGA convoy that tried to run a Biden-Harris campaign bus off the road.
'I saw yesterday a video of these people in Texas. Did you see it?' he asked the crowd. 'All the cars on the road. We love what they did.'
'But here's the thing they don't know. We do that in Florida every day,' he said to laughs.
President Donald Trump finished his five state, five rally tour Sunday night landing in Miami, Florida just after 11.30pm – where it was a balmy 79 degrees – and dad-dancing offstage to 'YMCA' at 10 'til 1am
'Two days from now we're going to win my home state of Florida!' Trump told the cheering crowd. 'You know who else thinks we're going to win, the Democrats, think we're going to win,' he said about Tuesday's presidential race
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis attends a campaign rally by U.S. President Donald Trump at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport in Opa-Locka
Trump started his day at a rally in Michigan, where it was cold, sleeting and snowing. He moved on to Iowa where it was cold and windy. His shortest rally, in North Carolina, had better weather. And in Georgia the wind had picked up again. 'I've been doing this since early in the morning – only for you,' Trump said. In Miami, he was hoarse and spoke at a lower volume than usual, but promised he would keep things going
Trump finished his five state, five rally tour Sunday night landing in Miami, Florida just after 11.30pm where it was a balmy 79 degrees. People wait for the arrival of U.S. President Donald Trump for his campaign event at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport on November 1
A crowd of people wait for the arrival of U.S. President Donald Trump for his campaign event at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport on November 1 in Opa Locka, Florida
To keep the crowds pumped up for Trump's late night arrival, nearly every prominent Republican from the Sunshine State gave a speech, including Sen. Marco Rubio – a Trump 2016 primary rival
Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speak before the arrival of U.S. President Donald Trump for his campaign event
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Miami-Opa-locka Executive Airport, Monday
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather for a campaign rally at Opa-Locka Executive Airport, Sunday
Trump started his day at a rally in Michigan, where it was cold, sleeting and snowing. He moved on to Iowa where it was cold and windy. His shortest rally, in North Carolina, had better weather. And in Georgia the wind had picked up again
People wait for the arrival of U.S. President Donald Trump for his campaign event at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport
Members of the music group Los 3 de la Habana, authors of the song 'The Trump Song' made in support of US President Donald J. Trump, perform during the 'Make America Great Again Rally' at the Opa-Locka International Airport
President Trump continues to campaign against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leading up to the November 3rd Election Day (pictured in Florida
While polls have consistenly shown Trump tied or behind in key swing states the president said he didn't really need to make his final two stops of the night – in Georgia and then in Florida
'In fact they said, 'Sir, you don't have to go to Georgia,' they said a couple of days ago. I said, 'Wait a minute, people are waiting for two and a half days, I'm not going to cancel on Georgia,' Trump said. 'I guess I could have cancelled you too,' he told Floridians. 'But nobody would have the courage to cancel you.' At his final rally, he hinted that he might fire Dr. Anthony Fauci
U.S. President Donald Trump gestures during a campaign rally, in Rome, Georgia, U.S., November 1
At another point in the rally, he commented on Biden's trim figure. 'His legs have gotten very thin,' Trump said at the Florida event
U.S. President Donald Trump kisses his daughter Ivanka at the end of a campaign rally at Dubuque Regional Airport in Dubuque, Iowa
Ivanka Trump waves to crowd after introducing her father US President Donald J. Trump during a campaign visit to Michigan Stars Sports Center, Washington, Michigan
Ivanka Trump introduces her father US President Donald J. Trump during a campaign visit to Michigan Stars Sports Center
Ivanka, wearing a white jacket and sunglasses, accompanied her father on his whirlwind five state tour
Ivanka Trump reacts on stage as President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Dubuque Regional Airport, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Dubuque, Iowa
Supporters wait for the rally of U.S. President Donald Trump at Hickory Regional Airport in Hickory, North Carolina U.S
Trump fans waited in long lines for the chance to see their hero speak on Sunday at Hickory Regional Airport in Hickory
There were huge lines as people waited patiently to see the president campaigning at Hickory Regional Airport
Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr.'s girlfriend, referred to the Democratic vice presidential nominee as 'Commie' Kamala Harris and finished her speech with her trademark, 'the best is yet to come!' – which got her mocked at the Republican National Convention.
A Latin band entertained the crowd – a departure from Trump's Village People-heavy campaign playlist
Earlier Sunday evening, Trump told a rally in Rome, Georgia, that he was running for president as a 'proud American' in comparison to his rival Joe Biden, who's running as a Democrat.
'Biden says he's running as a proud Democrat,' Trump told his supporters at his fourth rally of the day. 'I'm running as a proud American.'
Trump was on his fourth of five stops in five states with only two days to go before the presidential election.
He warned election officials in Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania that he and the Republican Party were watching the results from the presidential race.
He called for the results to be given the night of November 3, instead of waiting to count incoming mail-in ballots.
'Results from Florida, we're looking at North Carolina we are looking at, Pennsylvania, we are looking at,' he told his fourth rally of the day in Rome, Georgia.
He put down the idea of waiting for ballots that were postmarked by Election Day, saying if people wanted more time they should have voted earlier.
Donald Trump participates in a 'Make America Great Again Victory Rally' campaign event at the Richard B. Russell Airport in Rome, Georgia, USA
Trump addressed a big crowd of supporters in his fourth rally event of the day on Sunday
A group of four ardent fans braved the chilly weather in just swimsuits that read Trump. Make America Great Again
A sea of MAGA hats and Trump 2020 flags could be seen at the fourth campaign rally stop in Rome, Georgia
President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at Richard B. Russell Airport, Sunday. He was travelling from another rally in Hickory, North Carolina
Trump is doing five campaign rally events today. His fourth (pictured) was in Rome, Georgia after events in Michigan, Iowa and North Carolina
Georgia Rep. Vernon Jones at the Rome Airport at Russell Field Sunday evening
Trump supporters turned out in force at the Georgia rally on Sunday
'Everything has to be counted by the evening, waiting around six days, nine day, giving them more time. If they want more time let them put their ballots in early,' he said.
'Bad things happen in places like Pennsylvania and Nevada,' he added, naming two states that have pushed for mail-in voting and extended deadlines to count ballots.
Trump and the Republican Party have been suing some of these states over the extended deadlines. But they lost a big case when the Supreme Court ruled that Pennsylvania's extended deadline – that will allow votes to be counted for three days after the election – could stand. It was a victory for Democrats and infuriated the president.
'That's a terrible ruling for our country,' he told his rally.
Earlier he warned his team has lawyers on stand by to go in on election night to dispute ballots.
'We're going in the night of – as soon as the election is over – we're going in with our lawyers,' he told reporters in North Carolina ahead of his third rally of the day.
More than 91 million Americans have requested mail-in ballots, according to the Election Project, which tracks early voting. And more than 59 million have already been returned.
Trump is on day one of a two-day, seven state, five rally campaign swing as he fights for a second term.
'I've done four of these. I'm going to Florida for another of these,' he said at his Georgia event. Democrats see Georgia as a pick up opportunity from Republicans. They are sending in former President Barack Obama to campaign for Biden in the state on Monday.
President Trump mentioned Republican candidates Kelly Loeffler and Doug Collins and their competitive Senate race at his Georgia rally as both stood in the audience.
'I'm stuck right in the middle,' he said of the special election race, which has divided Republicans, including the president. 'Whoever it is, you have two winners. You have two winners.'
He also praised Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican QAnon conspiracy theorist running for Congress in the state, saying she has his 'full and complete endorsement.'
Meanwhile, President Trump has faced a tough day of weather on his first outing.
He told the crowd in Georgia he's been wearing a 'MAGA' hat all day because the wind has ruined his hair.
Trump, known for his mane of strawberry blond locks, has sported a red 'Make America Great Again' hat at every rally on Sunday.
'I wanted to show you how great my hair was. I was having a great hair day,' he told cheering supporters at his fourth rally of the day in Rome, Georgia.
President Donald Trump greets supporters at a rally at the Hickory Regional Airport on November 1
President Donald Trump brought the Reverend Franklin Graham, the son of the late Billy Graham, on stage to pray for him in North Carolina in his shortest campaign rally of the day
'I would like to take a moment and pray for this man,' Graham said, giving a short prayer as the president and his supporters bowed their heads
People cheer as President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Hickory Regional Airport on November 1, 2020 in Hickory, North Carolina
The president spoke for less than 45 minutes, when his rallies typically go on for more than hour
On his day of five rallies in five states, the president was running about 30 minutes behind schedule when he arrived in North Carolina (pictured)
People wait for President Donald Trump to speak at a rally at the Hickory Regional Airport on November 1, 2020 in Hickory, North Carolina after he was delayed
'The wind. Everyone else has a hat on,' he explained. 'Is it windy enough?'
The wind was blowing pretty hard in Georgia too.
Trump started his day at a rally in Michigan, where it was cold, sleeting and snowing. He moved on to Iowa where it was cold and windy.
He then moved on to Hickory, North Carolina, where he brought the Reverend Franklin Graham, the son of the late Billy Graham, on stage to pray for him in North Carolina in his shortest campaign rally of the day.
'I would like to take a moment and pray for this man,' Graham said, giving a short prayer as the president and his supporters bowed their heads.
Trump praised the crowd of thousands who came out to see him.
'This is a very big crowd – look at this,' he said.
THE SNAKE POEM IN FULL
On her way to work one morning
Down the path alongside the lake
A tender-hearted woman saw a poor half-frozen snake
His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew
'Oh well,' she cried, 'I'll take you in and I'll take care of you'
'Take me in oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven's sake
Take me in oh tender woman,' sighed the snake
She wrapped him up all cozy in a curvature of silk
And then laid him by the fireside with some honey and some milk
Now she hurried home from work that night as soon as she arrived
She found that pretty snake she'd taken in had been revived
'Take me in, oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven's sake
Take me in oh tender woman,' sighed the snake
Now she clutched him to her bosom, 'You're so beautiful,' she cried
'But if I hadn't brought you in by now you might have died'
Now she stroked his pretty skin and then she kissed and held him tight
But instead of saying thanks, that snake gave her a vicious bite
'Take me in, oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven's sake
Take me in oh tender woman,' sighed the snake
'I saved you,' cried that woman
'And you've bit me even, why?
You know your bite is poisonous and now I'm going to die'
'Oh shut up, silly woman,' said the reptile with a grin
'You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in
'Take me in, oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven's sake
Take me in oh tender woman,' sighed the snake.
But the president spoke for less than 45 minutes, when his rallies typically go on for more than hour. On his day of five rallies in five states, the president was running about 30 minutes behind schedule when he arrived in North Carolina.
For a short rally, Trump got in his greatest hits – praising his economic record, attacking rival Joe Biden as a puppet of the left, and some complaints about the weather.
'We had a couple of cold stops today,' he said of his earlier events in Iowa and Michigan.
And then he brought back one of his oldies but a crowd pleaser: He read lyrics from the song 'the snake.'
The story is about a 'tenderhearted woman' who finds a half-frozen snake on a path and rescues it. She helps it, nurses it back to health – only to be bitten and die. In Trump's reading, the tale is a parable for the dangers of lax immigration policies.
'You know your bite is poisonous and now I'm going to die,' Trump read dramatically as the crowd roared in approval.
The president read it often when he campaigned for Republicans in 2018 but it's the first time he used it in the presidential race.
Earlier today, Trump battled the weather at his second rally in his five-rally swing Sunday, fighting the bitter Iowa wind.
'I'm standing up and this is a hell of a lot of wind,' he told the cheering crowd on Sunday.
'It's lucky you have a president that doesn't need a teleprompter because these things are useless,' he added.
And he got in a hit at rival Joe Biden, saying he wouldn't be able to speak under such circumstances.
'That wind, I don't know about you, but that wind is hitting me hard,' he said.
And then he pointed to daughter Ivanka Trump, who was there watching the rally. 'My poor daughter is standing there freezing,' he said. It was 37 degrees in Dubuque.
'Sleepy Joe would be lost,' he said using the moniker he's given Biden. Both candidates use teleprompters in their speeches but Trump often goes off script while Biden does not. Trump also makes fun of Biden's mental abilities, including showing videos at his rallies of Biden stuttering.
The president called Ivanka Trump, his former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and adviser Hope Hicks to the stage to address the crowd.
'The great Hope Hicks. Do you know Hope? She's become very famous,' he said.
Hicks spoke briefly and Trump noted she doesn't like public speaking.
'Hi, how much do we love our president? Are you guys going to vote on Tuesday?,' Hicks said as the crowd cheered and chanted 'Trump.' We love you Iowa. Thank you.'
Trump hugged Sanders who said: 'He's had an amazing four years. As a mom of three young kids, there's nobody I trust more to build their future, and protect our great country in President Donald Trump.'
And he brought Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst to the stage to speak. Ernst is in a closely-contested re-election race.
Trump faced snow at his first rally of the day when he campaigned in Michigan. In Iowa, he faced another cold day but large crowd, who cheered him on as attacked Biden for his energy and tax policies.
'If Biden gets in you can forget about ethanol,' Trump warned, getting in a mention of one of Iowa's biggest industries.
'Biden has vowed to abolish the oil industry and this would be a death sentence to ethanol,' he added.
The race in Iowa is essentially tied, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average of the state.
The president also complained that the result of the election should be known on election day. In 2016, it was not known until the day after the election and is expected to take even longer this year because so many Americans are voting by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Thousands pack in: This was the scene as Donald Trump campaigned at his second stop of the day in Dubuque, Iowa in bitter winds
'The great Hope Hicks. Do you know Hope? She's become very famous,' he said. Hicks spoke briefly and Trump noted she doesn't like public speaking.
Trump hugged Sanders who said: 'He's had an amazing four years. As a mom of three young kids, there's nobody I trust more to build their future, and protect our great country in President Donald Trump
President Trump brought daughter Ivanka Trump to stage in Iowa
Local senator: 86-year-old Chuck Grassley took down his mask to be greeted by Donald Trump
Bundled up: Donald Trump wore a scarf under his overcoat as he battled bitter winds to address supporters in Dubuque
Air Force One backdrop: The Trump campaign is hoping that the presence of the executive plane adds to Trump's power of incumbency
President Trump claimed rival Joe Biden wouldn't be able to campaign under such circumstances
Packed in: There was no social distancing and some – but hardly universal – mask-wearing as Trump spoke in Dubuque in Iowa, a state which is unexpectedly a battleground for him and Joe Biden having gone heavily for Trump in 2016
'We should know the result of the election on Nov. 3. The evening of Nov. 3. That's the way it's been and that's the way it should be. What's going on in this country? What's going on?,' he said.
'We have to be careful of cheating,' he said of this year's vote.
More than 91 million mail-in ballots have been requested, according to the Election Project, and over 59 million have been returned.
Trump, who is trailing Biden fundraising, said he could be the 'greatest political fundraiser.'
'I would be the greatest political fundraiser in the history of the world – I could raise a billion in two days. Well give me three days,' he said.
'You could raise a lot of money but you can only air so many commercials,' he added.
Fist pump: Donald Trump gave his signature clenched fist as supporters cheered him on to the stage at the rally
Showtime: Supporters cheered as Donald Trump climbed the steps to speak to the crowd
On stage: Donald Trump gets read to address the crowd at Dubuque Regional Airport, the second stop of his five-rally swing from Michigan to Florida on Sunday
Wrapped up the campaign: The last Trump stop in Iowa was in chilly conditions – with this couple using a sleeping bag against the cold
Campaign wear: One supporter came dressed apparently in a combination of Halloween and Christmas outfits, with a Trump Santa hat for the cold
Supporters in Iowa were bundled up in hats and masks against the cold
The crowd at the Dubuque Regional Airport lined up in the cold to wait for Trump to speak
Supporters arrive at a campaign rally for President Donald Trump at Dubuque Regional Airport
It is 37 degrees in Dubuque, Iowa, and supporters were bundled up against the cold
Trump kicked off his five-rally day in snowy Michigan where it was so cold he joked people should wear face masks.
'Today you should wear them anyway,' Trump said his remarks.
The president has been reluctant to wear a face covering and his campaign said supporters are free to wear them or not at events.
But several people in Michigan had their face covered with either a scarf or a face mask – including many red 'MAGA' ones. The weather was 41 degrees with an even colder wind chill of 26 degrees.
Snow flakes fell as the president spoke under the cover of a roof. Supporters wrapped themselves in blankets and hopped up and down to keep warm.
'This is a hell of a day. You guys must love Trump,' the president said in one of his many references to the blustery day.
Here he is: Donald Trump walks off Air Force One – one of the smaller military versions of a Boeing 757 which the USAF uses for executive travel – for his rally in Dubuque
On his way: Donald Trump walks across the jetway from his plane to address the crowd
Cold climate, warm reception: Supporters photograph and cheer Trump as he walks on stage for his rally
View from the side: Despite the chilly conditions, one man was in a stars and stripes jacket to watch the president
Crowd of thousands: There was no sign of social distancing as supporters packed into the risers at the Dubuque Regional Airport
Faces in the crowd: People who came to Dubuque had to wrap up warm against the bitter wind
Consistent message: Campaign staff hand out signs at every rally to make sure the front rows show the message they want reflected to saupporters
'That wind is coming right into my face,' he said as the cold wind blew through the muddy field where he spoke.As the crowd shouted 'we love you,' he replied back: 'I love you too. If I didn't it wouldn't be standing here because it's freezing.'
Ivanka Trump introduced her father, comparing him to Winston Churchill in her short remarks. 'Winston Churchill said, 'It was the nation that had the lion's heart, I just had the luck to give it the roar,' she said.
'How much does this remind you of our president and this movement?'He gave us roar,' she added.
The president joked about how short a time she spoke for.
'We had the luck of having Ivanka here and I'll tell you it's the shortest introduction she's ever given me and now I understand why,' he said in reference to the weather.
Trump turned most of the sections into his speech into a commentary on the weather – even when he was criticizing his Democratic rivals' immigration policy.
'They want to allow virtually unlimited immigration to our country and unlimited access to our country,' he said of the Biden/Harris ticket.He then joked it was so cold refugees wouldn't want to come.
How's the weather? Donald Trump shows what he thinks of bitter conditions in Washington, MI, at the first rally of his Sunday swing
Bundle up: Donald Trump shivers theatrically at the Michigan Sports Stars Park in Washington as he gets on stage to speak to the audience of his fans
No YMCA: Instead of his usual dance moves, Donald Trump reacted to 26-degree windchill as he came on stage for the rally in Washington, MI
Greeting for the crowd: Trump waves to supporters gathered in bitter conditions including flurries of snow and sleet
Happy to be here: Trump told his supporters that the cold made it worth wearing masks – not that many of them did
Give me shelter: Donald Trump had a break from the weather from above as he spoke in Washington Township to a crowd of supporters
Ridicule: Donald Trump used his speech to pour scorn on Joe Biden, his Democratic rival who has been consistently ahead in the polls, including in Michigan
Praise for her father: Ivanka Trump compared the president to Winston Churchill, the British wartime prime minister, an analogy started by Trump himself
Popular with MAGA: The Trump campaign sees Ivanka as one of the best surrogate for her father but there have been few joint appearances on the campaign trail
The nuns are back: Members of the Dominican Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary from Hartland, MI, were at a Trump rally last week and were back again Sunday. 'Oh look at the sisters. You agree with me. You beautiful sisters,' he said to them. 'Are you cold? God will keep you warm.'
'It's freezing up here. I want to go back to Syria,' he said, roaring with laughter at his own joke.
The president also spent much of his remarks bragging about his economic record.
'I gave you a lot of auto plants,' he told the crowd. 'The auto business is coming back.'
In fact there has been one major assembly plant announced, by Fiat Chrysler im Detroit, which will open next year, and two smaller facilities which will employ under 450 people each.
He warned with Joe Biden as president: 'You will have a depression.' He warned of higher gas prices and higher taxes.
'Under my leadership our economy is now growing at the fastest rate ever recorded,' Trump claimed even as the economy struggles to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
But his thoughts always returned to the weather. 'This is a true testament. I love the people of Michigan. It's worth it. It's worth it,' he said.
Before his final campaign swing started – two days, seven states, 10 – rallies, Trump had a special message for Michigan, which is his first stop of the day.
He touted his economic record there after Barack Obama trashed him during campaign stops for Biden in Flint and Detroit on Saturday.
'When I originally became your all time favorite President, the Great State of Michigan was hemorrhaging car companies and jobs. Plants were closing and moving to Mexico, and other places. No new plants for decades. I stopped the moves, & now many plants are and have been built,' Trump wrote on Twitter Sunday morning before he left Washington D.C.
'The place was a mess and would have lost much more business if I hadn't come along. Many new plants are starting. Foreign countries and companies now treat the USA, and Michigan, with respect. Big jobs plans. Please remember this when you go to cast your very important vote!,' he added.
Nuns at the front: This was the crowd behind the Trump-supporting nuns who have now become part of the scene at Michigan rallies. The Catholic Church does not endorse one candidate over another but individual members of the clergy and religious orders are free to express political views
VIP seats: Those at the front of the crowd get fold-down seats to watch the president – not that many people use them
On his way: Donald Trump walked out of a special tent where aides stayed for the speech including (left) Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff
Applause: Donald Trump salutes his fans in Washington, Michigan, as he tells them to get out to vote. He is well behind in the polls in Michigan
See you on the other side: Donald Trump is scheduled to have one more Michigan rally, the last one of his campaign, on Monday night
Crowd: Some of Donald Trump's supporters were wearing masks as they cheered his arrival on stage
Go to the tape: Donald Trump used what has become a staple of his campaign stops – a highlights reel of 'gaffes' by Joe Biden
Fewer masks here: One fan had a cutout Trump face to greet the president at the Michigan rally in Washington Township, in Macomb County, a swing district which backed Trump in 2016
Wrapped up for the cold: Donald Trump's fans were dressed for bitter temperatures as he addressed them in Washington, MI
In a blistering denouncement of his successor on Saturday, Obama criticized Trump's job record to Michigan voters during a stop in the critical battleground state.
He pointed out he and Biden fought for the auto industry – which is huge in Michigan – during the economic recession. He said Trump has lost manufacturing jobs.
'The economic damage inflicted by botching the pandemic response means he'll be the only president since Herbert Hoover, to actually lose jobs,' Obama said of Trump. 'Herbert Hoover. That's a long time ago.'
Biden leads by seven points in Michigan according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls in the state. Trump was in Michigan on Friday while Biden was there with Obama on Saturday.
Trump will end his presidential campaign with a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Monday night – the same place he ended his successful 2016 run.
Early voting has begun in the state and more than 2.5 million have already cast their ballot, according to the Election Project, which tracks early voting.
The president is fighting hard to win the state and not afraid to butt heads with his political opposition.
He attacked the former Republican governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, in a tweet late last week after Snyder said he voted for Biden.
'Failed RINO former Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan was a disaster with respect to the Flint Water CATASTROPHE, and a very bad Governor overall. He hurt so many people with his gross incompetence,' Trump wrote Thursday evening.
On Saturday, when Obama and Biden were campaigning in the state and criticizing Trump's record, the president blamed them for the situation in Flint.
He tweeted angrily from Air Force One, saying the notorious water contamination happened 'on their watch.'
In fact the lead poisoning happened when an emergency city manager appointed by Snyder switched the city's water supply to water from Lake Huron, introducing lead into the supply at dangerous levels.
Snyder apologized repeatedly for the crisis.
The president has also battled with the current governor – Democrat Gretchen Whitmer – over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, new COVID cases and deaths are on the rise in Michigan.
On Saturday, Michigan's 7-day moving average for daily cases was 2,879 – the highest it has ever been. Also on Saturday, Michigan reported a single-day record of new confirmed coronavirus cases: 3,792.
Trump will spend Sunday in Michigan, Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. He'll sleep at his golf club in Doral before Monday's swing to North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Biden will spend Sunday and Monday in Pennsylvania. Trump held four rallies in that state on Saturday. He'll have daughters Ivanka and Tiffany there on Sunday.
Both campaigns are spending most of the final few days of the campaign in the Midwest.
Main attraction: Donald Trump points towards fans on the opposite side of the stage as he gets ready to address the crowd in Michigan Sports Stars Park, in must-win Macomb County which voted twice for Obama than switched to Trump
Guarded: The view from behind Donald Trump as a Secret Service agent guards his dias as he addresses the crowd
Front row fans: Rally organizers encourage those directly behind the president to cover up so he does not appear on camers with people ignoring public safety guidelines
Notmany masks, no social distancing: The audience at the Trump rally ignored state and federal health guidelines as they packed in to the risers for the event
Line up in the sunshine: Trump fans get ready to hear the president in Macomb County, MI
Aggressive display: A popular image of Trump as Rambo was among flags flying in Washington Township's arena's parking lot
Line up for Trump: This was the line to get in to the sports ground for the president's rally, held in bitter conditions
Standing for the anthem: Supporters got to their feet for the anthem with no sign of masks in one section of the crowd. There was no social distancing of any kind
Message: Supporters expressed their skepticism of the mainstream media – in line with the Republican leader's repeated tirades – with what they wore
'It's a little tough out here,' President Donald Trump told reporters when he exited Air Force One in cold, sleeting Michigan
The White House on Sunday morning before President Trump left for his campaign swing
Joe Biden will hold two campaign events in Philadelphia on Sunday. He started the day by attending mass at his parish church, St. Joseph on the Brandywine in Delaware
Former President Barack Obama, campaigning for Joe Biden in Michigan on Saturday, trashed President Trump's economic record
Trump will begin Sunday in Washington, Michigan, where is trying to replicate his 2016 win when the states there put him in the White House.
Democrats are trying to rebuild their 'blue wall' – a set of Midwest states that were reliably in their corner until Trump won them four years ago.
The Trump victory there left the party shocked and stunned – a situation they do not want to revisit this year.
Those states include Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Trump won them by a point or two, leaving Democrats hopeful that Biden – long a champion of the blue-collar worker – can win them back.
Biden brought former President Barack Obama to him in Michigan on Saturday where the two made their first joint campaign appearance together with rallies in Flint and Detroit.
'Guess what Mr President, I'm coming for you,' Biden said to cheers from the crowd in Detroit.
Obama made it clear what was at stake on November 3.
'Three days Detroit. Three days until the most important election of our lifetimes,' he said. 'And that includes mine, which was pretty important.'
Trump will be back in Michigan for two rallies on Monday. Ivanka Trump will also campaign there on Monday.
After his Michigan stop on Sunday, Trump moves to Iowa – a state he won by 10 points in 2016 and wants to keep in his corner.
From there he'll bounce to Hickory, North Carolina, before moving down to Rome, Georgia and ending the night in Miami.
Trump's niece Mary warns of 'authoritarian state' if 'vile' President is reelected
Mary Trump warned Sunday that if her uncle, President Donald Trump – who she called 'vile' – is reelected on Tuesday, the U.S. could be at risk of becoming an 'authoritarian state.'
According to a 'panel of experts' the president's niece said she put together last week, 'The message is… Donald has (apparently) done everything in his power to dismantle every institution that comprises the U.S.'
'We're looking at an authoritarian state if we allow him to continue unimpeded,' she told MSNBC's Joy Reid during an interview on 'AM Joy' Sunday morning.
At the same time Mary joined Reid for an interview Sunday, just two days before Election Day, Trump was arriving at his first of five rallies on Sunday in snowy Michigan.
Mary Trump warned of an 'authoritarian state' in the U.S. if her uncle, President Donald Trump, is reelected on Tuesday
At the same time Mary made these comments, Trump was arriving in Michigan for a rally
'As if my blood pressure weren't high enough,' Mary said. 'He is vile. He is actively calling on American citizens to commit violence against other American citizens simply for voicing their opinions.'
'This is so dangerous,' she added. 'He is doing the same thing with his armed supporters to go watch the polls. And we know which neighborhoods he's sending these people to. So, it can't be clearer what he is doing. Please understand that he will allow violence to be committed in his name in order to take this election because he knows he can't win it legitimately.'
Trump has called on his supporters to survey polling locations as he warns Democrats are trying to steal the election.
White House slams Dr. Fauci for 'playing politics' after he said he has 'real problems' with Trump's favored Dr. Atlas who 'doesn't know what he is talking about' – and warning the nation is 'in for a whole lot of hurt'
The White House is said to be irked by the country's leading infectious-disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci having given a wide-ranging interview in which he 'appears to play politics' on the coronavirus outbreak just days before the general election.
Despite having not been part of any recent White House press conferences on the pandemic for many months nor having spoken to President Trump directly since the start of October, the doctor has laid bare his frustrations with how the current administration is dealing with the disease.
The president now favors hearing from a doctor with a different point of view – Dr. Scott Atlas.
'We're in for a whole lot of hurt. It's not a good situation,' Fauci said. 'All the stars are aligned in the wrong place as you go into the fall and winter season, with people congregating at home indoors. You could not possibly be positioned more poorly.'
Fauci noted in the interview with the Washington Post that Joe Biden's campaign 'is taking it seriously from a public health perspective', whereas Trump is 'looking at it from a different perspective. Namely that of the economy and reopening the country.'
The country's leading infectious-disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has given a wide-ranging interview to the Washington Post on the coronavirus response
President Trump has repeated asserted that the country is 'rounding the turn' on the virus but Fauci disagrees saying the country may soon surpass 100,000 new coronavirus cases a day in what is likely to be a long and potentially deadly winter.
On Friday, 98,000 new infections were recorded across the country with 1,000 deaths a day reported on both Wednesday and Thursday. More than 230,000 have died since the start of the pandemic
Infections are currently climbing in 42 states while the president is spending the closing days of his re-election campaign criticizing public officials and medical professionals who are trying to beat it back.
Trump falsely said doctors earn more money when their patients die of the disease, building on his past criticism of medical experts such as Fauci.
At one point, Dr. Fauci was the face of the coronavirus response task force team who would host daily briefings on the outbreak.
He has since described the response as cases surge as 'disjointed', with the White House solely focussed on getting a vaccine as quickly as possible, despite it not necessarily being the 'silver bullet' that completely ends the pandemic.
Fauci revealed to the Post the coronavirus task force meets far less frequently now and has a more limited influence on the president's decisions as he becomes more focused on reopening the country.
'Right now, the public health aspect of the task force has diminished greatly,' he said.
Fauci has described the response to the coronavirus as cases surge as 'disjointed'
At one point during the Post interview, Fauci checked himself and said that he needed to exercise caution in how he was speaking else he could be blocked conducting interviews in the future.
'The last time I spoke to the president was not about any policy; it was when he was recovering in Walter Reed, he called me up,' Fauci said while revealing that the president has a new favorite – Scott Atlas.
Atlas, a neuroradiologist, is now Trump's favored adviser on the pandemic because he offered guidance that more closely align with Trump's own views which is to reopen the country and let the virus spread among young healthy people.
It is not something that Fauci can agree on.
'I have real problems with that guy,' Fauci said. 'He's a smart guy who's talking about things that I believe he doesn't have any real insight or knowledge or experience in. He keeps talking about things that when you dissect it out and parse it out, it doesn't make any sense.'
There is clearly no love lost between Fauci and Atlas either. On Saturday night Atlas posted a tweet mocking Fauci taking aim at him for giving an interview to the Post.
'#Insecurity #EmbarrassingHimself #Exposed #CantThrowABall #NoTimeForPolitics,' he tweeted.
There is clearly no love lost between Fauci and Atlas either. On Saturday night Atlas posted a tweet mocking Fauci taking aim at him for giving an interview to the Post
Fauci noted that he has a lot of respect for chief of staff Mark Meadows who was direct and forthright in his answers who said on CNN last weekend that the administration was not going to control the pandemic.
'I tip my hat to him for admitting the strategy,' he said. 'He is straightforward in telling you what's on his mind. I commend him for that.'
White House spokesman Judd Deere did not take kindly to any of Fauci's remarks to the Post.
'Fauci 'knows the risks from the coronavirus today are dramatically lower than they were only a few months ago,' Deere said.
'It's unacceptable and breaking with all norms for Dr. Fauci, a senior member of the President's Coronavirus Task Force and someone who has praised President Trump's actions throughout this pandemic, to choose three days before an election to play politics,' he continued.
'As a member of the Task Force, Dr. Fauci has a duty to express concerns or push for a change in strategy, but he's not done that, instead choosing to criticize the President in the media and make his political leanings known by praising the President's opponent — exactly what the American people have come to expect from The Swamp.'
The president has recently taken to mocking Fauci and at a recent rally essentially called him an idiot.
'People are tired of hearing Fauci and these idiots, all these idiots who got it wrong,' Trump said as he recounted how the doctor one said face masks were not necessary before flipping on the issue.
Nevertheless, the White House does not seem to want to make any spat with Fauci public given his overall popularity.
However, the doctor is not revered among Trump supporters and Fauci has also told how he has experienced a rise in harassment and threats from members of the public.
A low point between Fauci and Trump was reached last month after the Trump campaign appeared to take the doctor's works out of context for a political advert that appeared to show him praising the president's response to the pandemic.
The Trump campaign used his image without his permission and twisted his words to make it seem like he was endorsing the president.
'Together we rose to meet the challenge, protecting our seniors, getting them life-saving drugs in record time, sparing no expense. President Trump tackled the virus head on, as leaders should.' Fauci is then shown saying: 'I can't imagine that anybody could be doing more,' creating the impression he is referring to Trump.
Fauci said his words were taken out of context from a statement he made in March.
'In my nearly five decades of public service, I have never publicly endorsed any political candidate,' he said in a statement.
'The comments attributed to me without my permission in the GOP campaign ad were taken out of context from a broad statement I made months ago about the efforts of federal public health officials.'
The 79-year-old doctor has frequently had to walk a fine line in attempting to clarify – or correct – the president's often incautious assertions about the disease or the treatments and vaccines being developed against Covid-19.
Fauci has at times aroused Trump's ire, as when the president in April retweeted a message containing the hashtag #FireFauci – before publicly insisting the doctor was doing a great job.
Overall, the anonymous sources have told the Post that the White House is essentially overwhelmed by the pandemic and feel completely helpless as they wrestle with the complete inability to curb its spread while also attempting see the economy bounce back, all the while promoting the president's re-election.
'We need to plan now for how we turn the corner in 2021, and one thing we should be doing is laying the foundation to get public schools reopened in the late winter or early spring,' said Trump's former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, Scott Gottlieb. 'If we don't plan now, we'll lose the opportunity to prioritize opening what should be most important to us, just as we lost that chance in the fall because we didn't plan appropriately this summer.'
Fauci's warnings on how the virus will proceed have been blunt despite Trump continuing to hold maskless rallies and insisting that life is returning to normal.
The 79-year-old doctor has frequently had to walk a fine line in attempting to clarify – or correct – the president's often incautious assertions about the disease or its treatments
Trump told reporters he was not concerned that supporters who flock to his events might contract the virus, even though he, his family and many White House staffers have battled the disease in recent weeks.
The president criticized Democratic officials in Minnesota for enforcing social-distancing rules that limited his rally to 250 people. 'It's a small thing, but a horrible thing,' he said.
No longer speaking to the president daily, Fauci believes it is his duty to conduct as many interviews as possible with local media in cities across the nation.
'The thing we can do is to try to get the message out,' Fauci said.
'All of a sudden, they didn't like what the message was because it wasn't what they wanted to do anymore,' Fauci explains. 'They needed to have a medical message that was essentially consistent with what they were saying.
'And one of the ways to say the outbreak is over is to say it's really irrelevant because it doesn't make any difference. All you need to do is prevent people from dying and protect people in places like the nursing homes. The only medical person who sees the president on a regular basis is Scott Atlas.'
'He insists he's not somebody who's pushing for herd immunity,' Fauci says of Atlas. 'He says, 'That's not what I mean.' (But) everything he says — when you put them together and stitch them together — everything is geared toward the concept of 'it doesn't make any difference if people get infected. It's a waste of time. Masks don't work. Who cares,' and the only thing you need to do is protect the vulnerable, like people in the nursing homes,' Fauci said.
Fauci said that one major concern is that many who contract the virus often suffer from long term health problems.
'The idea of this false narrative that if you don't die, everything is hunky dory is just not the case,' he said. 'But to say, 'Let people get infected, it doesn't matter, just make sure people don't die' — to me as a person who's been practicing medicine for 50 years, it doesn't make any sense at all.'
'Even though we're getting challenged with more cases, the medical system is much better prepared to take care of seriously ill people, so that's the reason why I think the surge of cases is going to be counterbalanced by better experience,' Fauci said to the Post.
Fauci expressed concern over the possible surge that is likely to come this winter that not all areas of the country will be able to handle – especially in Midwestern and Western states who have a limited number of intensive care beds and nurses.
'It's much more about some of the states like Utah, Nevada, South Dakota, North Dakota, where … they never had a pretty good reserve of intensive care beds and things like that. I hope they'll be okay, but it's still a risk that, as you get more surging, they're going to run out of capacity,' Fauci said.
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