JANESVILLE, Wis. — President Donald Trump leaned into fear tactics Saturday as he accused the left of trying to “destroy the American way of life” in a late reelection pitch to voters in Michigan and Wisconsin — two Midwestern states that were instrumental to his 2016 victory but may now be slipping from his grasp.

In back-to-back rallies, Trump accused the left of wanting to “erase American history” and “purge American values.” He claimed, with no basis, that Democratic rival Joe Biden would put communities at risk.

Trump offered the dark message as he faces headwinds not only in national polling, which shows Biden leading, but also in key battleground surveys. His comments come after his campaign, with far less cash than Biden’s, largely retreated from TV advertising in the Midwest, shifting much of its money to states such as Florida, North Carolina, Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.

As he tries to energize his base and keep voters from turning against him, Trump sought to paint Democrats as “anti-American radicals” and said moderates had “a moral duty” to join the Republican Party.

“The Democrat Party you once knew doesn’t exist,” he said.

It was the same on issue after issue, as he claimed in hyperbolic terms that Biden’s election would spur “the single biggest depression in the history of our country” and “turn Michigan into a refugee camp.”

Addressing the coronavirus crisis, Trump warned that Biden would “shut down the country, delay the vaccine and prolong the pandemic.” Public health experts say the nation would be in far better shape had Trump’s administration taken more aggressive action early on.

And while he repeatedly predicted victory, Trump seemed to grapple throughout the day with the prospect that he could indeed lose in November.

In Michigan, he quipped that, in January, he “better damn well be president.” In Wisconsin, he wondered how he would process a loss.

“Can you imagine if I lose? I will have lost to the worst candidate in the history of American politics,” he said. “What do I do?”

Trump has continued to hold rallies despite the threat of the coronavirus, which hospitalized him for several days earlier this month.

Wisconsin broke the record for new positive virus 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.

But there was little evidence of concern among the thousands of supporters Trump drew in both states, where audience members stood closely together in the cold, mostly without masks.

Trump continued to call on Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to roll back restrictions that remain in place to try to halt the spread of the virus, prompting the crowd to break into a “Lock her up!” chant. The same chant also broke out after he mentioned his 2016 Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar.

Whitmer, a Democrat, was the focus of a kidnapping plot by anti-government extremists who were angered by lockdown measures. Thirteen men have been charged in connection with the scheme, which included plans to storm the state Capitol and to hold some kind of trial for the governor.

“You got to get your governor to open your state and get your schools open. The schools have to be open, right?” said Trump, who also took credit for federal law enforcement’s role in foiling the plot.

Whitmer’s digital director, Tori Saylor, urged Trump to stop.

“Every single time the President does this at a rally, the violent rhetoric towards her immediately escalates on social media,” she tweeted. “It has to stop. It just has to.”

Biden, meanwhile, had no public events planned for Saturday. But in a memo to supporters, campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon warned about becoming complacent.

“The reality is that this race is far closer than some of the punditry we’re seeing on Twitter and on TV would suggest,” she wrote in the memo, a copy of which was obtained by the Associated Press. “If we learned anything from 2016, it’s that we cannot underestimate Donald Trump or his ability to claw his way back into contention in the final days of a campaign, through whatever smears or underhanded tactics he has at his disposal.”

Trump has an aggressive campaign schedule in the coming days, with rallies planned Sunday in Nevada, Monday in Arizona and Tuesday in Pennsylvania.

But Trump’s schedule suggests concern. On Friday, he campaigned in Georgia — a state no Republican presidential contender has lost since 1992 but where polling shows Trump and Biden in a tight contest. Trump also has had to court voters in Iowa, which he carried by almost 10 percentage points four years ago.

The latest campaign fundraising figures from the Trump team suggest he’s likely the first incumbent president in the modern era to face a financial disadvantage. After building a massive cash edge, his campaign spent lavishly, while Biden kept expenses low and benefited from an outpouring of donations that saw him raise nearly $1 billion over the past three months. That gives Biden a massive cash advantage with just over two weeks to go before the election.

Trump on Saturday claimed that he would be “the greatest fundraiser in the history of politics” if he tried, but didn’t want to make calls and didn’t need the money.

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Anita McGinnis

There are two issues regarding the running of Joe Biden. First is the discovery of more that 25,ooo videos of violent child pornography, on Hunter's laptop, some including selfies. The fact that these are Chinese children suggests the strong possibility of involvement by the Communist party in making an attempt to blackmail Joe Biden in an effort to influence USA policy. The CCP has had a history of using sexual blackmail on politicians. The Chinese have given millions to Hunter, now they have both "carrot and the stick" to influence policy in the USA. This is an international security issue yet the media and the tech giants are censoring the information. And the debate committee has suddenly withdrawn the topic of international issues on the Thursday night debate. Why the censoring? Doesn't the public have the right to know what's going on?

John Cook

Thank you, comrade, for sharing this dis-information. We knew it would be good enough for Republicans regardless of its goofiness. Signed: Russian Intelligence Services. (p.s.: It was harder to hack into John Cook's account at SFNM than it was to get Rudy Guiliani to do our bidding.)

Anita McGinnis

According to the media, Trump is using fear tactics and a dark message to influence voters. It seems obvious that fear tactics and the dark message are being brought to us explicitly by far left rioters and their enablers in the media.

Lee DiFiore

Secondary headline" "Hunter Biden Takes Millions from Ukraine, Russia and China to Provide access to and Influence On his Vice-President Father".

Anita McGinnis

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Jim Klukkert

Lee DiFiore continues to repeat the Lies of Rupert Murdoch's flagship Tabloid of FAUX NEWS, the NY Post. These allegations originate with Rudi Guiliani, Trump's personal lawyer, and Steve Bannon, star of the Alt-Right.

From USA Today, 18 October:

Less than three weeks before one of the most contentious presidential campaigns in history, federal authorities are investigating whether the material supplied to the Post by Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, is part of a smoke bomb of disinformation pushed by Russia.

The inquiry, according to a person familiar with the matter, is at least in part, aimed at determining whether Russia has set its sights on a familiar target: Biden's father, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden… 

After months of investigation, two Republican-led Senate committees unveiled a report in September that found no evidence of wrongdoing or corrupt actions by the former vice president in connection with his son Hunter's business dealings in Ukraine…

The [NY Post] story provided no evidence that such a meeting ever occurred and has come under fire for its reliance on questionable sources and documents whose authenticity was not verified…

The New York Post reported on unverified documents... The newspaper said the data were provided by Giuliani and former White House adviser Steve Bannon.

David Ford

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Line in an editorial cartoon with Rudy "headless body in topless bar probably Biden"

David Ford

Lee also continues to use only a single sentence to project nonsense with no basis in fact, and then he is gone. Tells me he knows his point is utter nonsense. Please provide your "legitimate" reference to your ridiculous accusation, and by legitimate I mean AP,UPI etc., not Faux news as Jim inticated. It is part of the trump disease whereby he projects onto others the very things he is experiencing or accused of, and it also very easily infects his worshipers.

So on that note let us do talk about nepotism because we have clear, unambiguous, and fully documented examples before us right in the White House. It is plainly obvious to freethinking citizens that dear leader is using his position to increase his wealth by channeling yours and MY tax dollars to his hotels, his golf courses (283 trips so far at $141MM), but also by hiring his own family to benefit. There has never been a group of people so incredibly unqualified for their "jobs" (and I use that term loosely) than this batch of fake patriots and con artists.

These same people have been given security clearances when they, especially drumpf, have all the signs and markers of someone who should most assuredly NOT have a clearance, like financial debt, reckless sexual behavior just to name two of many markers. As Ron Reagan Jr. stated "we have a bunch of grifters in the White House"...

From vocabulary.com - if there's one type of person you don't want to trust, it's a grifter: someone who cheats others out of money. Grifters are also known as chiselers, defrauders, gougers, scammers, swindlers, and flim-flam men...

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David Ford

Lee also continues to use only a single sentence to project nonsense with no basis in fact, and then he is gone. Tells me he knows his point is utter nonsense. Please provide your "legitimate" reference to your ridiculous accusation, and by legitimate I mean AP,UPI etc., not Faux news as Jim inticated. It is part of the trump disease whereby he projects onto others the very things he is experiencing or accused of, and it also very easily infects his worshipers.

So on that note let us do talk about nepotism because we have clear, unambiguous, and fully documented examples before us right in the White House. It is plainly obvious to freethinking citizens that dear leader is using his position to increase his wealth by channeling yours and MY tax dollars to his hotels, his golf courses (283 trips so far at $141MM), but also by hiring his own family to benefit. There has never been a group of people so incredibly unqualified for their "jobs" (and I use that term loosely) than this batch of fake patriots and con artists.

These same people have been given security clearances when they, especially trump, have all the signs and markers of someone who should most assuredly NOT have a clearance, like financial debt, reckless sexual behavior just to name two of many markers. As Ron Reagan Jr. stated "we have a bunch of grifters in the White House"...

If there's one type of person you don't want to trust, it's a grifter: someone who cheats others out of money. Grifters are also known as chiselers, defrauders, gougers, scammers, swindlers, and flim-flam men...

Tick Tock!!!

David Ford

Sorry about the duplicate. SFNM website is, on occasion, weird.

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