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Donald Trump boasts about his breakneck rally tour as he heads to Pennsylvania for three events


Donald Trump boasts about his breakneck rally tour as he heads to Pennsylvania for day of three outdoors events for supporters and plans another swing to the southwest

  • Trump holds three rallies in Pennsylvania Monday
  • On Tuesday he heads to Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska
  • Had to move desired Las Vegas event to Arizona due to distancing restrictions
  • Trump made two stops Sunday, as White House dealt with outbreak on Pence staff
  • Five advisors to Pence tested positive for COVID-10 
  • Joe Biden heads to Georgia on Tuesday 
  • Mike Pence keeping up his schedule despite being a ‘close contact’ of infected aide Marc Short, due to being an ‘essential employee’ 

By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.s. Political Editor For

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President Donald Trump was heading back on the road Monday for his extended rally tour with three events scheduled in Pennsylvania even as he got bad polling news there – with the coronavirus interfering with other campaigns later this week.

The president has three rallies on his schedule for Pennsylvania, a state that was key to his 2016 victory.

A University of Wisconsin / YouGov poll had Biden leading him there, 52 to 44 – giving Biden an 8-point lead that has him above a majority.

President Donald Trump held a rally Sunday at the airport in Londonderry, New Hampshire. He heads out for three Pennsylvania rallies Monday

Trump is back on the rout just hours after returning from trips to New Hampshire, a state Hillary Clinton barely carried in 2016, and Maine, where he is hoping to pry a single electoral vote from Joe Biden’s column.

It is impossible to separate the coronavirus from Trump’s final campaing push. He fused his claims about the virus with encouragement for Americans to vote in his Monday morning tweets.

‘The Fake News Media is riding COVID, COVID, COVID, all the way to the Election. Losers!’ he wrote. In another: ‘Cases up because we TEST, TEST, TEST. A Fake News Media Conspiracy. Many young people who heal very fast. 99.9%. Corrupt Media conspiracy at all time high. On November 4th., topic will totally change. VOTE!’

Trump also hyped his rallies and attacked his Democratic opponent. ‘Three BIG Rallies today. Heading to Pennsylvania. I have plenty to say about the dishonesty of the Media and Sleepy Joe. A terrible coverup is happening in our Country!!!’

Trump speaks to supporters after signing a pumpkin while visiting Trewordy Orchards in Maine

His frantic push for votes will take Trump to Michigan and Wisconsin on Tuesday. 

The same University of Wisconsin poll had Biden leading in Michigan and Wisconsin – which would have Biden reclaiming the ‘blue wall’ that fell to Trump in 2016 if they hold up.

Trump also heads to Nebraska in pursuit of a single electoral vote (Nebraska divides its electoral votes by congressional district).

Then he heads west, but his plan to hold an event in populous Las Vegas ran smack into Gov. Steve Sisolak’s social distancing guidelints.

Instead, he will rally supporters across the state line in Arizona, an hour and a half drive away, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. 

Nevada GOP chair Michael McDonald blamed the governor’s enforcement. ‘He has such a large following in Southern Nevada and also in Nevada, this could be possibly one of the largest rallies he has ever held.’

The rally push comes as Vice President Mike Pence keeps up his own travel, despite give advisors testing positive for the coronavirus.

Pence flies to Hibbing Minnesota, birthplace of singer Bob Dylan, as Republicans hope to flip a state that Clinton closely won in 2016. 

Pence is keeping up his schedule despite being a ‘close contact’ of infected aide Marc Short, due to being an ‘essential employee.’ He campaigned in North Carolina Sunday, just hours after news broke about infections among his top advisors. 


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