|US President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport in Janesville, Wisconsin on October 17, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by=MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] President Donald Trump used fear tactics on Saturday (Oct 17) as he accused the left of trying to "erase American history, purge American values and destroy the American way of life" in a late reelection pitch to voters in Michigan.
"The Democrat party you once knew doesn’t exist," Trump told voters in Muskegon, Michigan, ahead of a rally in Wisconsin - two states in the Upper Midwest that were instrumental to his 2016 victory but may now be slipping from his grasp. To prevent voters from turning against him, Trump sought to paint Democrats as "anti-American radicals" on a "crusade against American history". He told moderate voters they had a “a moral duty” to join the Republican Party.
It came as Trump is losing in national polling and in key battleground surveys. And after the campaign largely retreated from TV advertising in the Midwest and focused on Sun Belt states like Florida, North Carolina, Arizona and Georgia, and Pennsylvania. The president continues to avoid questions on his handling of COVID-19. Wisconsin broke the record for new positive coronavirus cases on Friday - the third time that's happened in a week. The state also hit record highs for daily deaths and hospitalizations this past week. Biden had no public events planned for Saturday.