Trump says pandemic ‘turns round’ as Wisconsin experiences deadliest week yet
“If we win Wisconsin, we win,” he said. “We’re going to Wisconsin, it’s over.”
The president’s rally at Stein’s Aircraft Services at the Waukesha County Airport was his second visit to Wisconsin in the past eight days, with another rally scheduled for Tuesday in West Salem.
This comes on the same day that Wisconsin’s one-week average of new daily COVID-19 cases hit an all-time high of 4,050. Last week, nearly 200 Wisconsin residents died from the disease.
Trump has repeatedly said the pandemic is “turning down,” and has blamed a high number of people across the country on a high level of testing. But in Wisconsin, the positivity rate for all tests has also reached record highs.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the rally was originally scheduled to take place at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport, but the Trump campaign was denied access to that facility due to the city’s 250-person limit for rallies.
In the closing days of the election, Trump is working hard to win over Wisconsin, which is seen as a key state.
“By the way, you have to go out and vote,” he said. “If I don’t win this state, I’m going to come back and I’m going to be very angry with you.”
Trump said he voted “pure Republican” when he voted in Florida early on Saturday morning. He changed his residence from New York to Florida last year.
In the middle of his speech, Trump released anti-Biden videos on a jumbotron. The speech promised economic prosperity and public order policies.
Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Janesville and Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau spoke to the crowd ahead of the president’s arrival.
Trump’s decision to hold an in-person rally has been criticized by Rural America 2020, an agricultural advocacy group that placed a billboard nearby that reads “TRUMP COVID SUPERSPREADER EVENT”, with an arrow pointing to the airport.
Former Vice President Joe Biden issued a statement ahead of Trump’s visit condemning his handling of the virus.
“Just this week 47 Wisconsin residents lost their lives in a single day, and the sad truth is it couldn’t have been that bad,” he said. Biden visited Wisconsin several times during the election campaign, but did not organize any large-scale rallies.
Earlier on Saturday, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, a Democrat, condemned Trump’s rallies during a call with reporters.
“This is another example of the president putting his political interests and what he thinks are in his political interests ahead of the health of Wisconsinians,” he said.
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