“You heard some horns,” he added. “Honk, honk. This is the strangest thing.
From there, Mr. Trump traveled to Circleville, Ohio, outside of Columbus, and then to Waukesha, Wisconsin, as he sought to rally support in the suburbs where polls show his support has plummeted. On Sunday, he’ll fly to New Hampshire, the only state on his weekend itinerary that he didn’t complete in 2016 and which is part of a hopscotch program reminiscent of his last heavy push four ago. years.
But the virus outbreak ensured that even Mr. Trump’s well-attended rallies could be a political responsibility, a reminder to pandemic-fearing voters of his consistent disregard for expert and public health advice. Mr Trump used his own contraction of the disease, his weekend of hospitalization and subsequent recovery as an argument to downplay the severity of a pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 224,000 people in the United States over more than eight million cases.
“By the way, I had it, here I am,” he said.
Mr. Trump started his day in Florida, where he joined the over 56 million Americans who have already voted. He voted in person at the Palm Beach County Main Library, saying, “I voted for a guy named Trump.”
Subsequently, he also continued to baselessly question the integrity of the election and in particular the postal ballots. “It‘s the only way we can lose,” Mr. Trump said, citing the size of the crowds at his rallies. Most polls show Mr. Trump is lagging behind by a considerable margin nationally and in many critical battlefield states.
Mr Biden’s full day in Pennsylvania was a sign of the state’s critical importance in his Electoral College calculations. After his rally in Bucks County – which Hillary Clinton won by less than a percentage point in 2016 – he flew to Luzerne County in the northeastern part of the state, where he has organized a driving rally which included a performance by singer Jon Bon Jovi. Luzerne County sits near Mr. Biden’s hometown of Scranton, and it’s a historically Democratic county that Mr. Trump toppled from afar in 2016.
Still, the day had its thorny moments. In a local TV interview, Mr Biden intervened when a reporter began asking about the “controversy” and his son Hunter Biden. “There is no controversy about my son,” Mr. Biden said. “Everything is a lie. It’s a simple lie, because the president has nothing else to run on.