President Trump met familiar issues at a campaign rally in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Tuesday to regain the state in November. In 2016, Mr Trump won the state by almost 4 percentage points, but recent polls show he lags behind former Vice President Joe Biden.
North Carolina has limited the number of outdoor gatherings to 50 people due to COVID-19, so the campaign event appears to be violating these rules. Some protesters held signs reading “This is a peaceful protest” and “peaceful protesters,” reflecting an argument by Mr Trump and his supporters that if protesters can gather in the hundreds, so can they.
“We have decided to call all our rallies peaceful protests,”
The president, as in the past, insisted that America would be a more dangerous place under Joe Biden’s presidency.
“We will appoint judges who encourage crime,” said Trump, apparently referring to anti-crime judges. “But they want to destroy your suburbs.”
The president also insisted that Kamala Harris would become a terrible president if she ever rose to that post. Mr Trump has also referred to them as incompetent in the past without giving substantiated reasons.
“You know what? People don’t like her. Nobody likes her. She could never be the first woman president. She could never be. That would be an insult to our country,” Trump said.
Mr Trump also encouraged North Carolina voters to show up in the election “to make sure it counts” after the absence. Voting twice is illegal. He has encouraged voters to vote by mail and come in person beforehand, as he is slamming the mass voting by mail.
A poll by CBS News in August of likely voters found that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden beats Mr Trump by 48% to 44%.
The previous Tuesday, Mr. Trump stopped in another battlefield state – Florida. Mr. Trump won the Sunshine State in 2016 and it is a key state for him in 2020. There the president extolled himself as a great environmentalist.