During an election rally in Nevada, President Donald Trump on Saturday repeated unsubstantiated claims that ballot papers in the mail contributed to widespread voter fraud in the November elections.
“The Democrats are trying to rig this election because that’s the only way they’re going to win,” he said amid cheers and cheers.
In a sinuous 90-minute speech, Trump touched upon some of the themes of his campaign, including protecting the Second Amendment right to bear arms, securing the U.S.-Mexico border, ending ongoing civil unrest, and defeating his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump addressed a sea of supporters on Saturday night on the tarmac of Nevada’s Minden-Tahoe airport. Many of those present did not wear masks or practice social distancing despite the coronavirus pandemic.
The president was originally supposed to hold a fundraiser and rallies in Las Vegas and Reno this weekend, but the campaign had to make last-minute changes due to state restrictions on the coronavirus banning meetings of more than 50 people.
Trump addressed the change of stance on Saturday, accusing Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, of attempting to shut down the election rally due to political bias.
“He tried to stop us. He couldn’t, and now he’s in charge of the elections,” he said. “He can rig the elections.”
In Nevada, the governor does not oversee elections or their results – this is the responsibility of the secretary of state and county employees.
The state is one of many where registered voters can apply to vote by mail. Dozens of other states will also allow postal voting this November. Despite his outspoken opposition to it, Trump called for his own ballot by mail earlier this year.
On Saturday, Trump called mail-order voting “the biggest scam in the history of presidential politics.”
Democrats are sending ballots “to the dogs,” he said. “Everyone is getting votes, probably all but the Republicans.”
Trump appears to face long odds in Nevada, which gave Hillary Clinton her six electoral votes in 2016. His campaign now hopes to pave the way to victory if his luck fails to turn into other states’ camps. battle.
On Saturday he downplayed the difficulties he might face in Nevada and warned that voting for Biden would mean voting for “anarchists”.
“Fifty-two days from now we’ll win Nevada, and then we’ll win another four years,” he said.
Trump’s campaign hoped to raise $ 18 million this weekend from a Las Vegas rally and fundraiser in Washington, D.C.
One of the blocks identified during the demonstration on Saturday were the Latin voters. A recent poll released by the Miami-Herald suggested Biden is struggling to lure Latin voters to Florida, and Trump took over that Saturday, saying Latin Americans are “tough” leaders.
“I love the Hispanic community,” he said. “Hispanics like tough guys. They like people who are about to produce jobs.”
The campaign will head to Phoenix on Monday for a Latin panel discussion for Trump. He will face Biden in the first presidential debate on September 29th.