Donald Trump boasts he’s leading in early voting

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President Donald Trump boasted that he’s leading in early voting during his first of two campaign stop Saturday, this one in Muskegon, Michigan. 

The president called his Democratic rival a ‘criminal’ and knocked around the state’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer – with his raucous crowd chanting lock him and her up. 

‘It just came out, we’re leading – early voting,’ the president told thousands of supporters packed outside the Muskegon County Airport Saturday evening. 

He told the crowd that the Democrats needed shown a ‘thundering defeat at the ballot box.’ ‘And by the way, it seems to be happening,’ the president said.  

He admitted that he thought the election would have been in the bag had the coronavirus pandemic not happen. 

‘This thing wasn’t going to even be an election,’ he said and then referenced the ‘plague.’ ‘I didn’t have to come to Michigan,’ Trump added, explaining he would have won the state because manufacturing had come back. 

President Donald Trump appeared Saturday in Muskegon, Michigan for his first of two campaign rallies. He’s on a three-day spring through four key states and will also hold a fundraiser in California

President Donald Trump arrives Saturday in Muskegon, Michigan for a campaign rally during a tour of four swing states over three days 

Upon arriving in Muskegon, Trump realized that the wind may do some damage to his hair. 

‘Get me a hat out of that plane,’ he said nodding toward Air Force One. 

He also joked that he was hat-less in a seat of Trump and winter hats. 

About a third of the thousands of people gathered at the airport venue were wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Aide John McEntee came onstage later and handed the president a red ‘Keep America Great’ hat. 

At the rally, Trump hammered Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for keeping the state locked down.

He also downplayed a recent right-wing militia plot to kidnap her. 

‘They’re saying she was threatened. And she blamed me. And our people were the ones who worked for her people,’ Trump told the crowd. 

In response a Trump fan shouted ‘liar!’ 

A Michigan crowd filled with Trump supporters chanted ‘lock her up!’ about the state’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (pictured) as the president downplayed a recent right-wing militia’s plot to kidnap her 

Soon a ‘lock her up!’ chant started up. 

At another point a supporter shouted ‘lock him up!’ that cue was directed at Democratic nominee Joe Biden. 

‘He’s a criminal. He’s committed crimes,’ Trump said. 

Later, he falsely accused Biden of firing a Ukrainian prosecutor who was looking into the company Biden’s son Hunter was advising. 

‘He makes “Crooked Hillary” look like amateur hour,’ Trump said.  

Trump spooned Michiganders some of his trademark culture war fodder including that Democrats want to ‘blow up’ Mount Rushmore and ‘take down’ the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument. 

‘This is what we’re dealing with folks,’ Trump said to cheers. 

He mocked liberals who want to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day, pointing out they probably lost the Italian-American vote. 

He sang the praises of his third Supreme Court pick, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who will likely get confirmed by the Republican-led Senate before Election Day. 

‘Amy is going to, she’s done amazing, it’s amazing to watch her,’ Trump gushed, calling her much more impressive than the ‘radical left senators.’ 

‘Unlike Joe she doesn’t need notes, it’s nice,’ Trump said, referring to his Democratic rival Joe Biden. 

Trump also poked fun at an aide and a crew member of vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris’ contracting the coronavirus.  ‘We wish her best,’ he said sarcastically. ‘She’s in seclusion,’ Trump also added.  

Out of caution, Harris cancelled all of her campaign travel until Monday, but she’s not technically under quarantine.   

As for his own battle with the virus, Trump joked about having droves of doctors surrounding him. 

‘And each one of them wanted to touch a different part of my body,’ Trump said to laughs. 

Overall the trip will take him through four key swing states: Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada and Arizona, with just 17 days to go before the 2020 presidential election. 

He’ll also fly to California Sunday for an Orange County fundrasier at tech mogul Palmer Lucky’s estate. 

Since recovering from the coronavirus, Trump has held rally after rally, making his official return to the campaign trail Monday. 

He traveled to Florida, Pennsylvania, Iowa, North Carolina, back to Florida for his Thursday NBC News night town hall, Georgia and then Florida again. 

President Donald Trump makes his way to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base on Saturday as he departs for a three-day campaign blitz with rallies in four key swing states

Ted Nugent warms up the crowd before a Trump rally on Saturday in Muskegon, Michigan. After testing positive and recovering from coronavirus, President Trump has ramped up his schedule of public events

Vendors lined the entranceway to a Trump rally at the Muskegon County Airport in Michigan on Saturday

Supporters of President Donald J. Trump wait in line to participate in his campaign rally at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport in Janesville, Wisconsin on Saturday

Florida, as well as North Carolina, seem to hold more promise for Trump than the Midwest, which had traditionally been Democratic until he flipped Wisconsin and Michigan in 2016. 

But that hasn’t stopped the president from traveling there anyway.  

Trump first heads to Muskegon, Michigan, and then on to Janesville, Wisconsin for back-to-back rallies Saturday.

The president arrives in Wisconsin as the state broke a record for new positive coronavirus cases Friday. 

It’s the third time a new record has been hit in the state in a one-week span. 

Wisconsin also hit record highs in hospitalizations and deaths, according to The Associated Press. 

Democratic Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers accused Trump of ‘encouraging a super-spreader event’ with his Janesville rally. Above, people line up to attend the Wisconsin rally hours before it is scheduled to begin on Saturday 

Democratic Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers accused Trump of ‘encouraging a super-spreader event’ with his Janesville rally. Above, people line up to attend the Wisconsin rally hours before it is scheduled to begin on Saturday

Trump makes his way to board Air Force One before departing from Andrews Air Force Base for the rallies Saturday

The state’s Democratic Gov. Tony Evers publicly expressed worries about the president holding the Saturday rally in his state. 

‘Unless something extraordinary happens between now and then, he’ll be encouraging a super-spreader event,’ Evers said. ‘As governor or the state of Wisconsin I sure would ask him personally, have people wear a mask, have them be physically distant.’ 

Despite Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Barron Trump, Hope Hicks, Stephen Miller and a slew of other Trump aides and Congressional allies contracting the coronavirus since late September, the president hasn’t changed his tune on the virus, nor implemented additional safety measures at his rallies. 

He has, however, tossed out branded masks to his crowds.  

Trump supporters gather in Janesville ahead of a rally there as Trump launches a three-day campaign blitz

The president arrives in Wisconsin as the state broke a record for new positive coronavirus cases Friday

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