Muskegon – President Donald Trump on Saturday tried to tie Democratic rival Joe Biden to the radical left of his party during a Saturday rally attended by thousands of people outside an airport hangar in Muskegon.

The Republican president also insisted that Government Gretchen Whitmer needs to ease more COVID-19 restrictions, even though the Michigan Supreme Court already invalidated her emergency board orders because the 1945 law she invoked was unconstitutional. She has since persuaded her Ministry of Health and Human Services to issue new epidemic orders to wear masks and limit the capacity of companies.

“You need to get your governor to open his state,”

; Trump said to cheers. “And get your schools open. … Schools must be open. ”

Michigan schools have been given the opportunity to hold personal classes or hold courses online. Many larger school districts have chosen to take online courses, while others have completed personal classes or a mix of online or personal classes.

In response to Trump’s statement, the audience began to sing “Lock her, lock her, lock her inside.”

It was reminiscent of Trump’s 2016 campaign audience shouting the phrase when Trump said Democrat Hillary Clinton should be locked in to send emails over an insecure server in her home as secretary of state. Then FBI Director James Comey said Clinton should not be prosecuted.

Chants in Muskegon also came after federal and state authorities charged 14 men with an alleged plan to kidnap Whitmer, storm the Michigan Capitol and potentially start a civil war.

The Democratic governor responded on Twitter: “This is exactly the rhetoric that has endangered the lives of me, my family and other government officials as we try to save our Americans. We need to stop.”

Whitmer also criticized Trump in the wake of the plot’s revelation for not condemning white supremacy and hatred.

The Republican president said at the rally that the Democratic governor should have thanked him since federal authorities lifted the plot against her and repeated what he said on Twitter more than a week ago. “I do not tolerate extreme violence,” Trump tweeted. “Defending ALL Americans, even those who oppose and attack me, is what I will always do as your president!”

At the demonstration, the president also insisted that Biden would be monitored by democratic socialists and radical leftists if elected.

“They long for power, and God will help us if they get it,” he said.

As an example, the president pointed to the firing of a Michigan teacher for tweeting about Trump. No matter who the person is, “we love you,” Trump said.

Walled Lake teacher Justin Kucera was fired after tweeting about Trump and “liberals.” Kucera, a 28-year-old social science teacher at Walled Lake Western High School, was not fired for a tweet supporting the president, but for a response that was later deleted, saying “liberal sucks man” according to a copy of the teacher’s personnel records obtained by The Detroit News through a request for public records.

Kucera was offered his job back a day after his story went viral, but rejected the offer on the belief that “the question would follow him into the classroom.”

The official reason for the teacher’s termination was “lack of professional judgment” according to a July 17 resignation letter that followed two Zoom meetings, where he was asked about his July 6 tweets about the president and the Liberals.

The July 10 and July 15 zoom meetings were not recorded, but accounts from two staff members attending the meetings suggest Kucera said he was trying to be sarcastic when he wrote “Liberal sucks man.” He took the position down when he realized “that sarcasm is not coming well on Twitter.”

The crowded event comes 17 days before the November 3 election, and when the state experienced its largest number of cases in a week since the pandemic began at 10,241 cases. The previous weekly high was 9,768 in the period 5.-11. April.

“I think it’s an indicator for the country that the state of Michigan is well into play,” State House President Lee Chatfield, R-Delivery, said Saturday afternoon. “The fact that Joe Biden and President Trump are both visiting Michigan is something that should worry Democrats across the country.

“All eyes are on Michigan again. We were here four years ago and it will be the same result. ”

Trump won the state by 10,704 votes in 2016, his smallest margin for victory nationally.

Trump’s son, Eric, Vice President Mike Pence and his daughter-in-law Lara visited Michigan for the past six days. Daughter Ivanka Trump is on her way to Alto on Monday, the Trump campaign said Saturday.

The campaign has also increased its TV advertising spending this week, according to data from the nonprofit Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

But voting has shown the president behind Biden in key battlefield states, including Michigan. The bid led Trump 48% to 39% in a Detroit News-WDIV poll among 600 likely Michigan voters surveyed from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3. The vote had a margin of error of plus-minus 4 percentage points.

Trump last visited the state on Sept. 10 when he pulled thousands of people to an airport hangar in Freeland near Midland and Saginaw.

Biden has visited three times since early September and stopped in Detroit and Warren on September 9, Grand Rapids on October 2 and Southfield and Detroit on Friday.

In Southfield, former Vice President Trump smashed for not doing enough to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and racism in the country.

Unlike Trump, who has held large outdoor meetings across the country, Biden has spoken at small events – usually not open to the public – with dozens of people wearing masks and socially distancing six feet apart. The former Delaware senator held a Friday night car meeting at the Detroit State Fairgrounds.

The country has not “turned the corner” when it comes to the pandemic, Biden said on Friday.

“It’s not going away. In fact, it’s rising again,” he said.

Michigan has reported its two biggest days ever for new COVID-19 cases this week with 2,030 new cases Thursday and 2,015 new cases Friday, fearing another wave of the virus could hit the state.

Glenn Kangas, 82, of Cadillac was one of thousands gathered in Muskegon for the presidential rally. Kangas wore an N95 mask and held up a sign that said “Biden selected. USA gone.”

“I’m a little reluctant to get to these things. But I try to be careful, “said Kangas, who added that he has been at the meeting place since at. 10

During a Saturday press conference, State Representative Terry Sabo, D-Muskegon, called the Trump demonstration in his county “very worrying.” He said it looked like Trump was focused on “doing whatever it takes to get re-elected” instead of doing what is best for public safety.

“It endangers the health of residents here in Muskegon County,” Sabo said. “We have people coming everywhere to be a part of this meeting, and history has shown that the president does not necessarily care about public safety when it comes to wearing a mask, by doing the simple things that can prevent this virus. , limits the amount of crowds. “

Muskegon County is located along Lake Michigan and is Michigan’s 12th largest county.

In 2012, President Barack Obama beat Republican Mitt Romney in the county by 13,552 votes. Four years later, Clinton beat Trump here by 1,177 votes – a difference of four years that was more than Trump’s overall margin of victory in Michigan.

“He almost won it,” Michigan Republican President Laura Cox said of Trump’s performance in Muskegon County in 2016. “He clearly has a strategy to win, and that’s why he’s here.”

cmauger@detroitnews.com

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