Mr Trump walks into his rallies to the beat of music and crowds screaming their approval – with few wearing masks – as he throws Make America Great Again hats into the stands like t-shirts at a basketball game. Aides says he’s feeding off the energy of his audience and the rallies have convinced Mr. Trump he will win despite polls showing him lagging behind in nearly every competitive state.
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“A great red wave is forming,” Trump said on Saturday in Newtown, Pennsylvania. “As sure as we are here together, this wave is forming. And they see it, they see it from all sides, and there is nothing they can do about it.
Jason Miller, senior advisor to Mr. Trump’s campaign, said the president “loves to campaign” and is always eager for “input from people outside the Beltway.”
But Mr. Trump is less enthusiastic when the input comes from smaller crowds. On Saturday morning, speaking to only about 300 people at his first Pennsylvania rally of the day, Mr. Trump was lethargic and subdued, as if he was thinking in private: yawn.
The previous night, the President walked off the stage in Rochester, Minnesota, after speaking for less than 30 minutes in front of a small crowd in a state where gatherings are limited to a maximum of 250 people. Mr Trump claimed there were “at least 25,000 people who wanted to be here tonight” and said his supporters were “banned from entry by radical Democrats”.
Sunday, Mr. Trump had also scheduled rallies in Dubuque, Iowa; Hickory, North Carolina; Rome, Georgia; and Opa-locka, Florida – last at 11 p.m.
Mr Biden held campaign events in Michigan on Saturday and Pennsylvania on Sunday, but with a twist: His supporters are attending his rallies in their cars to ensure social distancing amid the pandemic.