(Headline USA) Declaring it’s “crunch time” for the upcoming election, President Donald Trump zeroed in on Midwest battleground states on Monday with a tough, law and order message to counterprogram former Vice President Joe Biden‘s show at the Democrats’ national convention.
In Mankato, Minnesota, Trump is expected to step up his rhetoric against Biden.
“This election is about the survival of our nation. Joe Biden is the puppet of left-wing extremists trying to erase our borders, eliminate our police, indoctrinate our children, vilify our heroes, and replace American freedom with left-wing fascism,” Trump said in remarks prepared for delivery. “But the proud people of Minnesota will not let this happen.”
“I’m here to help you. We will bring back law and order to your community. We will bring it back and we will bring it back immediately,” Trump told supporters as he arrived in Minneapolis, where George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who resisted arrest, died in May in police custody.
Democrats want to elevate their “left-wing war on cops,” Trump asserted. “Their sympathies lie with lawbreakers and with criminals.”
On the tarmac in Minneapolis, Trump addressed about 150 supporters who chanted “Four More Years.” Trump told them that the Democrats will be taking away the constitutional amendment to bear arms.
Trump was visiting Minnesota and Wisconsin on Monday — the latter the official host state of the entirely virtual Democratic National Convention — to launch a week of travel and political events aiming to blunt the customary polling “bounce” that a candidate gets during their convention week.
Adapted from reporting by Associated Press.