The National Times - Trump hits campaign trail in swing states Michigan, Wisconsin

Trump hits campaign trail in swing states Michigan, Wisconsin

Trump hits campaign trail in swing states Michigan, Wisconsin
Trump hits campaign trail in swing states Michigan, Wisconsin / Photo: © AFP

Donald Trump aims to jumpstart his campaign Tuesday with back-to-back rallies in Michigan and Wisconsin, two crucial states in his bid to defeat President Joe Biden in November's election.

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The former Republican president has held just one of the big, packed rallies he loves since his rematch with Biden was all but confirmed nearly three weeks ago, and he wants to end any speculation that he is slowing down.

"PLENTY TO TALK ABOUT. MAGA2024!" Trump said in a Truth Social post announcing is Midwestern swing, which is set to begin in Michigan's Great Lakes region with a focus on "Biden's border bloodbath" on the frontier with Mexico.

Trump regularly uses jarring expression to criticize his rival's border policies, with immigration always high on the list of US voter concerns.

The phrase is seen as one of the latest illustrations of Trump's increasingly incendiary rhetoric, which has prompted fears over the potential for violence among his inflamed supporters.

He has accused migrants of "poisoning the blood" of the country, and claimed there would be a "bloodbath" if he is not elected, although he later claimed that he was talking figuratively about the auto industry.

If the program announced for Tuesday is anything to go by, Trump is doubling down on his aggressive language about migrants in particular -- even in a state that is some 2,000 miles from the Mexico border.

The Democratic National Committee issued a statement Tuesday in response, calling Trump out for successfully pressuring Republicans in Congress to tank a cross-party deal securing the most stringent border security measures in a generation.

"While President Biden worked across the aisle to find a bipartisan solution to secure our border, Trump directed MAGA Republicans to block the toughest, fairest border deal in decades -- putting his own political ambitions ahead of border security," it said.

- Swing states -

Trump's afternoon rally will be held in Grand Rapids, where he closed out his successful 2016 campaign, winning Michigan on the way to claiming the keys to the White House.

Biden put the state back in the blue column in 2020, but risks losing the support of a 200,000-strong Arab-American community that has denounced his support for Israel's military offensive against Hamas in Gaza.

Polls currently have Trump in the lead, although the election is still likely to come down to the wire.

It is also predicted to be tight in neighboring Wisconsin, where Trump is set to begin his second rally just hours later.

Like Michigan, Trump won the Midwestern state in 2016, only to lose it to Biden in 2020. Polls suggest Wisconsin, with its swathes of dairy farmers and other rural voters, will be one of the closest 2024 races.

- Campaign war chests -

Biden has been on a blitz through the swing states in recent weeks, visiting Wisconsin and Michigan as well as Arizona, Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

On Thursday, he raised more than $25 million at an event in New York -- a huge boost in a country where presidential campaigns can cost billions of dollars.

Biden holds a widening lead over his Republican rival in the fundraising stakes, while Trump is burning through money as he pays legal bills to battle multiple criminal and civil cases.

Trump posted a $175 million bond Monday in his New York civil fraud case, halting collection of the more than $500 million awarded against him in damages and interest and preventing the state from seizing his assets.

He is due to hold a fundraising event from his luxury Florida home on Saturday.

But after that, any momentum he may have created could stall again -- his first criminal trial begins on April 15, as he faces charges of falsifying business records in making hush money payments to a porn star on the eve of the 2016 election.