President Trump is planning to visit Oshkosh on Monday as Dems kick off their virtual national convention in Milwaukee, according to a GOP source.
The stop is one of three the Trump campaign has planned for Wisconsin next week and comes as Dems have largely abandoned traveling to the swing state for their virtual convention. Presumptive nominee Joe Biden canceled his plans to accept the nomination in Milwaukee, citing health concerns over travel during the pandemic.
The planned visit also comes as Republicans have knocked Biden for not traveling to Wisconsin after Hillary Clinton failed to visit the state in 2016 after the spring primary.
The president’s campaign today announced another “Women for Trump” bus tour that will stop Sunday in Pleasant Prairie. It will include Trump aides Mercedes Schlapp and Erin Perrine, along with former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.
The GOP source said Trump’s campaign was looking at the EAA grounds in Oshkosh for Monday’s event.
Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence is also expected in the state next week with Dems meeting virtually for four days to formally nominate Biden for president.
State Dem Chair Ben Wikler knocked Trump’s planned visit as “a reminder of his utterly failed presidency at a moment when Democrats are celebrating the opportunity for something better.”
NBC News reported Trump is planning to travel to Wisconsin and Minnesota on Monday, Arizona on Tuesday and Pennsylvania on Thursday.
Trump last campaigned in the state in January, a Milwaukee rally that was held the same night that Dem presidential contenders met in their final debate before the Iowa caucus. He was supposed to return to Wisconsin in March, but canceled due to the coronavirus. He made an official visit to the state in June to tour the Marinette Marine shipyard in northeastern Wisconsin.