“By the way, your state should be open,” Trump said in North Carolina — a state where he has feuded with Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, over his abandoned plans to hold the Republican National Convention in Charlotte.
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“It’s you, it's Michigan, it’s a couple others,” Trump added, as he sees a potent line of attack in battleground states run by Democrats.
Trump aides and allies suggest the president sees his rallies as a manifestation of the reopening he’s preaching — and that he believes is vital to the nation’s economic recovery and what voters want.
In a dig at those who warn against reopening too quickly, Trump suggested that these states would suddenly reopen the day after the election — when opponents advocating caution can no longer hurt his reelection.
Outdoor events used to be few and far between for Trump, who prefers the deafening echo and air conditioning of indoor arenas.
But in the wake of a June rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when the president addressed a half-empty arena and a promised five-figure overflow crowd never materialized, his campaign decided to move to lower-stakes airport hangars and tarmacs.
The one thing that has stayed the same: crowing about his crowd sizes in comparison with Biden's.
“If he had 200 people, I think it would be a lot,” Trump said Tuesday of his opponent. “Have you ever seen the gyms with the circles? That’s his crowd. If he had 200 people.”
Biden’s crowds, in fact, have been far smaller.