The size of campaign rallies in the battleground state Michigan this week may speak to something between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as the U.S. election has less than two months to go.
Biden held a campaign rally on Wednesday, Sept. 9, in a parking lot behind the UAW Region 1 headquarters in Warren, according to MLive, which also reported about one dozen socially distant attendees joined his rare outdoor event.
One day later, Trump held a rally in Freeland, where he praised hundreds of supporters for arriving for his event at MBS International Airport.
While Biden spoke for half an hour in Michigan, President Trump delivered a 90-minute address. Of course, both used their rallies to attack the other.
The former vice president on Wednesday attacked the incumbent president for failing to bring back jobs to Michigan and failing the U.S. economy with a delayed response to the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic.
In turn, President Trump, on Thursday accused Biden of devoting his career to “offshoring Michigan’s jobs, outsourcing Michigan’s factories, throwing open your borders, dragging us into endless foreign wars, and surrendering our children’s future to China.”
President Trump lashed out at Biden’s job creation record at the event, calling his Democratic rival a “Washington vulture.”
“If Biden’s elected, China will own America. Washington vultures like Biden and others ripped apart entire towns all across your state,” Trump said. “Michigan lost half of all manufacturing jobs after the trade deals that Biden supported.”
According to the New York Post, Michigan had once been a thriving hub of automobile manufacturing, but the state has lost hundreds of thousands of jobs due in part to free trade deals such as NAFTA and Communist China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization (WTO)—both deals supported by Biden.
President Trump said the new trade agreement, coupled with his decision to roll back fuel-efficiency standards put in place by the Obama-Biden administration, had benefited the state’s auto industry.
“No president has been better for Michigan, remember that, and I’m going to remember Michigan,” President Trump said.
President Trump again sought to tie Biden to the Chinese Communist Party, saying, “Joe Biden sent your jobs to China,” and following up with, “I’m running for re-election to keep jobs in Michigan.”
President Trump and Biden traveled to Michigan as polls suggest the presidential race is tightening in the key battleground state.
President Trump won Michigan by a razor-thin margin of 10,704 votes—or about two-tenths of a percentage point—in 2016, becoming the first Republican presidential nominee to carry the state since George H.W. Bush in 1988, according to USA Today. His victory in Michigan helped him breach the Democrats’ “blue wall” and put him in the White House.
According to RealClearPolitics’s polling average, Biden holds a 4.2 percentage point lead in Michigan, down from an 8-point lead at the end of July, but some polls suggest President Trump is closing the gap, giving Republicans optimism that he can carry the Michigan again.