— President Trump told a Janesville rally tonight the outcome of the election rests on Wisconsin.
“We win Wisconsin, we win the whole ballgame,” he said. “What the hell do you think I’m doing here on a freezing night with 45-degree winds? You think I’m doing it for my health? I’m not doing this for my health.”
Trump has consistently trailed in publicly released polls of Wisconsin voters after winning the state by 22,748 votes four years ago in a surprise victory. He urged supporters to turn out this fall, arguing the polls are off like they were in 2016.
The president was supposed to be in Wisconsin Oct. 3, but canceled after he was diagnosed with COVID-19. He crowed his COVID-19 diagnosis made him immune to the virus.
“I didn’t feel good, I’ll be honest with you,” he said during his sixth trip to Wisconsin of the year. “I wasn’t feeling so good, I wasn’t feeling like your president has to feel, I wasn’t feeling like Superman. I can now jump into the audience and give them all a big kiss, the woman and the men, I’ll even kiss the men.”
Trump’s 90-minute long address largely hit on his common themes from his standard stump speech. Among other things, he called Joe Biden’s family “a criminal enterprise,” saying it “makes Hillary Clinton look like an amateur.”
But he went on several Wisconsin-specific riffs, including taking credit for settling unrest in Kenosha after the August police shooting of Jacob Blake. However, he also praised Gov. Tony Evers on his decision to deploy the Wisconsin National Guard to the city.
Ahead of the rally, Dems slammed Trump for going forward with the event despite Wisconsin’s continued status as one of the nation’s hotspots for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., traveled to Madison and Milwaukee for drive-in rallies urging people to vote. In Madison, supporters honked their horns in an east side parking lot as the former presidential candidate ripped into Trump. She said elections are about holding people accountable and replacing them “when they’ve failed us.”
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