(CNN) — President Donald Trump’s latest sprint to shore up the states he won four years ago brought him to the epicenter of America’s accelerating viral surge in Wisconsin on Tuesday, as the state’s single-day record spikes in COVID-19 cases and deaths 19 crystallized the failures of his administration that could end his political career.
With a week to go until the United States will be able to learn the identity of its next president – depending on lengthy mail ballot counts and possible legal challenges – Trump greeted a packed crowd with few masks on.
He did so while Badgers State hospitals are critically understaffed and face the threat of being overwhelmed by Covid-19 patients. But on a cold autumn night, the president wove an alternate reality that is betting that he will win reelection.
Trump’s tri-state swap on Tuesday (he also visited Michigan and Nebraska) reflected the game he’s wearing a week before Election Day. You are creating a false impression that the pandemic is over as it gets worse every day.
Trump on election campaign
We’re turning the corner. We are rounding the curve, we will beat the virus, ”Trump said in West Salem, Wisconsin, as the United States racked up a record number of new infections that have added half a million new cases in the last week alone. More than 226,000 Americans have died. The current death rate is 800 a day and experts warn that the trend is only increasing before a gloomy winter.
But in his closing election speech, Trump is denying the disastrous impact of the most serious challenge facing the country. He is carrying out potential over-spreading events that put his own supporters and anyone they encounter at risk and once again prioritizing his political survival over his duty to protect public health.
While Trump complained in Wisconsin that all the media are talking about “covid, covid, Ccvid,” Democratic state governor Tony Evers warned Tuesday: “There is no way to sugarcoat it, we are facing an urgent crisis and there is an imminent risk to you and your family.
Andrea Palm, Designated Secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, warned: “The increase in cases and our increase in deaths today are the largest we have seen in a single day during the course of this pandemic. We must take meaningful and collective action. “
Public unrest over the president’s handling of the worst public health crisis in 100 years has contributed to a situation in which Trump appears to be struggling to hold on to states like Wisconsin, which he won in 2016. And he seeks to prop up Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Iowa.
Time is running out
With more than 68.5 million Americans voting so far, surpassing half the total vote four years ago, time is running out to change the dynamics of a race where he is behind Democratic candidate Joe Biden in states. key battle.
Yet Trump, drawing energy from his crowds, seemed optimistic on Tuesday. He predicted a ‘big red wave’, which would hit the polls and promised an even bigger surprise in the Electoral College than in 2016. He attacked the experts who were saying back then ” it can’t reach 270 ‘… and they were right … we got to 306 “.
If Trump wins next week with another surprise, it would suggest that enough voters think his cultural connection to America’s heart and nationalist focus is more important than downplaying the worst internal crisis since WWII and its daily flurry of lies.
He will have fulfilled his promise to find millions of new Trump voters who escaped the pollsters. Still, there is no indication so far in national or state polls that the president is building the kind of late momentum that led to his surprising victory over Hillary Clinton.
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Biden goes on the offensive
Biden’s trip tells the story of a Democratic campaign that believes it has more routes for 270 electoral votes than the president. The former vice president vowed to heal a sick and divided nation in a symbolic setting in the spa town of Warm Springs, Georgia, where President Franklin Roosevelt, who guided the country through an earlier crisis, once sought relief from paralysis. caused by polio.
“Many are wondering, has this gone too far?” Biden asked in a state that Democrats have not won since Bill Clinton won in 1992, but believe it could be at stake this year.
Have we passed the point of no return? Has the heart of this nation been turned to stone? ”Biden said. “I do not think so. I refuse to believe it. I know this country. I know our people. And I know that we can unite and heal this nation.
Biden received other help Tuesday from his former boss, former President Barack Obama, who launched another attack on his successor that was full of mockery and designed to drive out Democratic-based voters in Florida.
Obama ridiculed Trump for turning the White House, perhaps the safest building in the country, into a “hot spot” for covid.
“He said this at one of his rallies, ‘covid, covid, covid’, he’s complaining. He’s jealous of the media coverage of the covid, “Obama said at a rally in Orlando. “If he had focused on covid from the beginning, cases would not reach new record highs across the country this week.”
As Trump does his best, First Lady Melania Trump made her first solo campaign appearance in another swing state, Pennsylvania, in an attempt to improve her husband’s lowered position among female voters.
“Democrats have chosen to put their own agendas ahead of the welfare of the American people.” She said, while offering a few words for citizens who, like her, have suffered from the coronavirus.
In reality, however, Trump has repeatedly denied the severity of the pandemic, falsely and repeatedly predicting that it will soon disappear, and advocated for state openings that triggered a surge in the Sun Belt this summer in an apparent effort to jump-start the economy it is vital to your reelection.
The courtship of Trump campaign women voters, particularly those from the suburbs, may have been undermined by the president when he used somewhat condescending language in Wisconsin that betrayed a rather archaic view of suburban marriage between men and women.
“I am also going to get their husbands… they want to go back to work. We’re going to get their husbands back to work, ”Trump said in Wisconsin.
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When will the United States know who won?
Many Americans want to know if the election outcome will be clear next Tuesday night, especially since the president has repeatedly warned that the election is unfair and vowed to challenge it in the Supreme Court.
If Biden turns his poll leadership into victories in a swath of swing states, the trend of the election could be clear from the start. If he captures states like Florida and North Carolina, for example, he will effectively close Trump’s path to 270 electoral votes.
But if the president returns to the battle states, the race could reach states like Michigan and Pennsylvania, where the mail-in vote count could last for several days after November 3. That’s the time when the chances of a contested election increase and bitter legal challenges become a growing risk.
On an ominous note to Democrats, Justice Brett Kavanaugh set the battle lines on how the Supreme Court could adjudicate the election cases brought by Republicans in a ruling Monday night.
“Under the US Constitution, state courts do not have a blank check to rewrite state election laws for federal elections.” So wrote Kavanaugh in a footnote to his concurring opinion on a decision that rejected a Democratic proposal to allow counting of votes sent by mail in Wisconsin if they were received six days after Election Day.
His language mirrors that of Trump, who warned, without factual basis, that an election night that does not produce a result is itself evidence of a fraudulent vote.
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