President Trump declared victory over former VIce President Joe Biden after his first presidential debate, and told a rally in Duluth, Minnesota, Wednesday night that she and other Americans had won too.
“I really enjoyed the debate with Sleepy Joe last night … the verdict is in and they say we all won big last night,” he said in front of a crowd at Duluth International Airport on Wednesday.
At the controversial event on Tuesday, the two candidates yelled at each other and grappled with issues ranging from COVID-19 to violence in American cities. Biden responded in part on Wednesday with a tweet: “Donald Trump showed the country last night how unfit he is to be president.”
At his rally, Trump continued to extol the ratings the event received the night before, arguing that he held Biden accountable for his record.
“Last night I did what the corrupt media rejected. I held Joe Biden accountable for his 47 years of lies, 47 years of betrayal and 47 years of failure. I held Joe responsible for shipping your jobs and dreams abroad. and because he bowed to the violent mob at home, “he said.
His comments came just a few miles from Minneapolis, which was rocked by protests after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in the city. Protests and sometimes violent riots erupted in Minneapolis and other US cities throughout the summer.
“Can you imagine these people? How they’re taking over democratic cities? I don’t even believe it,” he said.
TRUMP RALLYING IN MINNESOTA MINING TOWN AS THE WORKING VOICE SEEN FOR GRABS
Trump’s visit will be his third visit to Minnesota in recent weeks. Trump led an airport rally in Mankato on August 17 and another in Bemidji on September 18, the day Democratic challenger Joe Biden attended a union training center in Duluth.
Averaging FiveThirtyEight, Minnesota leans around nine points towards Biden. Despite losing Minnesota in 2016, Trump was able to get within two percentage points, or about 44,000 votes, of his rival, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and blush nineteen counties that previously went to former President Obama.
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During Tuesday’s presidential debate, Trump previewed his campaign news by claiming that Biden supported the Green New Deal – an ambitious policy framework to combat the effects of climate change authored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN .Y . That the Republicans have tied to the more progressive elements of the party.
That issue could be an important tool in winning voters in the Iron Range in northeast Minnesota, where a group of six Democratic mayors expressed support for Trump earlier this month.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.