Muskegon – President Donald Trump tried Saturday to enlist Democratic rival Joe Biden to join his party’s radical left during a Saturday rally attended by thousands of people outside an airport hangar in Muskegon.

The Republican president also insisted that Governor Gretchen Whitmer must relax further COVID-19 restrictions, despite the Michigan Supreme Court having already invalidated her emergency orders because the 1945 law she relied on was unconstitutional. Since then, her Department of Health and Human Services has issued new epidemic orders to wear masks and limit corporate capacities.

“You have to get your governor to open up her state,”

; Trump said to cheers. “And open your schools.” … The schools must be open. “

Michigan’s schools have the option to hold in-person courses or take courses online. Many larger school districts have chosen to take online courses while others have taken one-on-one tuition or a mix of online and one-on-one tuition.

In response to Trump’s statement, the crowd started chanting, “Lock her up, lock her up, lock her up.”

It was reminiscent of Trump’s 2016 campaign audience singing the phrase when Trump said Democrat Hillary Clinton should be jailed for sending emails through an insecure server in her home as Secretary of State. Then FBI Director James Comey said Clinton should not be prosecuted.

The Muskegon chants also came after federal and state authorities charged 14 men with an alleged conspiracy to kidnap Whitmer, storm the Michigan Capitol, and possibly start a civil war.

The Democratic governor replied on Twitter, “This is exactly the rhetoric that has put me, my family and other government officials at risk as we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans. It has to stop.”

Whitmer also criticized Trump after the conspiracy was exposed for not denouncing white supremacists and hatred.

At the rally, the Republican president said the Democratic governor should have thanked him for the federal authorities foiled the conspiracy against them, repeating what he said on Twitter more than a week ago. “I do not tolerate extreme violence,” tweeted Trump. “Defending ALL Americans, including those who oppose and attack me, I will always do as your President!”

At the rally, the president also insisted that Biden would be indebted to democratic socialists and radical leftists in his election.

“They yearn for power and God helps us when they get it,” he said.

As an example, the president cited the firing of a Michigan teacher for tweeting about Trump. Whoever the person is, “we love you,” said Trump.

Walled Lake teacher Justin Kucera was fired after tweeting about Trump and “Liberals”. Kucera, a 28-year-old social science teacher at Walled Lake Western High School, was fired not because of a tweet in support of the president, but because of a response that was later deleted, which according to a copy of the “Liberal Suck Man,” read the Personnel File Teacher who The Detroit News received upon request for public record.

Kucera was offered his job the day after his story was published, but declined the offer on the belief that “the problem would follow him into the classroom”.

The official reason for the teacher’s termination was “a lack of professional judgment,” according to a July 17 resignation letter that followed two Zoom meetings in which, following his July 6 tweets about the President and the Liberals was asked.

The July 10th and 15th Zoom meetings were not recorded, but reports from two staff attending the meetings suggest that Kucera said he tried to be sarcastic when he said “Liberals suck man” wrote. He accepted the post when he realized “sarcasm doesn’t come across well on Twitter.”

The crowded event takes place 17 days before the November 3rd elections and as the state recorded the largest number of cases in a week since the pandemic began, with 10,241 cases. The previous weekly high was 9,768 from April 5th to 11th.

“I think this is an indicator of the country that the state of Michigan is doing well,” said Lee Chatfield, spokesman for State House, R-Levering, on Saturday afternoon. “The fact that Joe Biden and President Trump are both visiting Michigan should affect Democrats across the country.

“All eyes are on Michigan again. We were here four years ago and it will be the same result. “

Trump won the state with 10,704 votes in 2016, its smallest national profit margin.

Trump’s son Eric, Vice President Mike Pence, and daughter-in-law Lara visited Michigan for the past six days. Daughter Ivanka Trump will travel to Alto on Monday, the Trump campaign announced on Saturday.

According to the nonprofit Michigan Campaign Finance Network, the campaign also increased spending on television advertising this week.

However, polls have shown the president is behind Biden in key battlefield states, including Michigan. Biden led Trump at 48% to 39% in a Detroit News WDIV poll of 600 likely Michigan voters polled September 30 through October 3. The survey had a margin of error of plus-minus 4 percentage points.

Trump last visited the state on September 10 when he dragged thousands of people into an airport hangar in Freeland, near Midland and Saginaw.

Biden has visited three times since early September, stopping in Detroit and Warren on September 9, Grand Rapids on October 2, and Southfield and Detroit on Friday.

In Southfield, former Vice President Trump struck for not doing enough to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and racism in the country.

Unlike Trump, who has held large open-air rallies across the country, Biden has spoken to dozens of people at small events – usually not open to the public – who wear masks and are two meters social apart. The former Delaware Senator held a rally at the State Fairgrounds in Detroit Friday night.

The country has not “gone around the corner” on the pandemic, Biden said on Friday.

“It’s not going away. In fact, it’s on the rise again,” he said.

Michigan reported its two biggest days for new COVID-19 cases this week, with 2,030 new cases on Thursday and 2,015 new cases on Friday, fearing a second wave of the virus could hit the state.

Glenn Kangas, 82, of Cadillac, was one of the thousands who had gathered in Muskegon for the president’s rally. Kangas was wearing an N95 mask and a sign that read, “Biden Elected. USA away. “

“I’m a little hesitant about getting to these things. But I’m trying to be careful, ”said Kangas, who added that he had been at the venue since 10am

During a press conference on Saturday, MP Terry Sabo, D-Muskegon, described the Trump rally in his county as “very worrying.” He said it seemed like Trump was focused on “doing whatever it takes to get re-elected” rather than doing what is best for public safety.

“It threatens the health of residents here in Muskegon County,” Sabo said. “We have people from all over the world attending this rally, and history has shown that the president doesn’t necessarily care about public safety when it comes to wearing a mask and doing the simple things that this is Virus can prevent, limit the amount. “

Muskegon County is located on Lake Michigan and is Michigan’s twelfth largest county.

In 2012, President Barack Obama beat Republican Mitt Romney in the county with 13,552 votes. Four years later, Clinton beat Trump here by 1,177 votes – a four-year difference more than Trump’s overall win margin in Michigan.

“He almost won it,” said Michigan Republican Party leader Laura Cox of Trump’s performance in Muskegon County in 2016. “He clearly has a strategy to win and that’s why he’s here.”

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