by Andrea Shalal
FREELAND, Mich., Sept. 11 (Reuters) – Donald Trump predicted at a campaign rally in Michigan on Thursday that he would win the key state in the November 3 presidential election, in front of thousands of unmasked supporters ignoring the health instructions from local authorities.
“It is not the crowd of one person who comes in second,” said the American president in front of men, women and children wearing caps and t-shirts crossed out of the “Make America Great Again” (Let’s make it great to America), the campaign slogan of the Republican candidate, as he stepped off the presidential plane at an airport near Midland.
Donald Trump’s campaign team plans to spend “massive” time in this industrial state which, along with Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, gave the New York billionaire victory in 2016.
According to Reuters / Ipsos polls, Democratic candidate Joe Biden is credited with 12 points ahead of his rival nationally, but the gap is much smaller in Michigan, by 4.2 percentage points according to the Real Clear Politics website.
One of Trump’s campaign spokespersons, Samantha Zager, assures us that the president draws “from the visceral enthusiasm of those who no longer have illusions about career politicians like Joe Biden” and will seek to ” further expand its base of support “.
Joe Biden was also in Michigan on Wednesday, where he relied on a forthcoming book by Bob Woodward to denounce the “betrayal” of Donald Trump, who admitted to knowingly minimizing the coronavirus epidemic in the United States. where she killed more than 190,000.
The former vice-president of Barack Obama also unveiled a proposed tax against relocation on the profits of products manufactured abroad and sold in the United States, a measure that his opponent would not deny.
If the two candidates differ on virtually all subjects, they both agree on the need to repatriate the production chains of American companies established in China.
Accused of the calamitous management of the coronavirus epidemic by his rival, Donald Trump denounced in front of his supporters the restrictions imposed locally by the Democratic Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer. She “has no clue” to reopen the activities of the State, lamented the president, applauded by the crowd.
The governor’s office did not comment on the event, which appeared to violate health rules on social distancing and limiting large gatherings.
Greg Fernandez, a 63-year-old real estate agent, wished Donald Trump victory in Michigan, explaining: “We don’t want globalists or a new world order anymore. We need a businessman to run this country. , and he did a really good job. ”
(French version Jean-Stéphane Brosse)