Because of COVID-19, North Carolina has held outdoor gatherings at 50 people, so the campaign program would appear to be in violation of those rules. Some protesters hinted that “this is a peaceful protest” and “peaceful protesters,” reflecting an argument by Mr. Trump and his supporters that if protesters could gather in the hundreds, they could.
“We decided to call peaceful protests to all our rallies,” Mr. Trump said, explaining how his campaign is increasing sanctions in states like North Carolina.
The president insisted, as he has said in the past, that America would be a more dangerous place under Joe Biden’s presidency.
“We are going to appoint a lot of pro-crime judges,” Mr. Trump said, clearly meaning anti-crime judges. “But they want to destroy your suburbs.”
The President insisted that Kamala Harris make a terrible President, did she ever hold the post. Mr. Trump has also called it incompetent in the past without offering any substantive reasons.
“You know people don’t like her. Nobody likes her. She can never be the first female president. She can never be. It would be an insult to our country.”
Mr. Trump also encouraged North Carolina voters to show up to polls after unannounced voting, “to make sure it matters.” It is illegal to vote twice. He has encouraged voters to vote by mail and came in first, as he has been voting extensively by mail.
In an August CBS News poll of potential voters, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is beating Mr. Trump by 48% to 44%.
Earlier on Tuesday, Mr. Trump closed another battleground – Florida. Mr. Trump won the Sunshine State in 2016, and is an important state for him in 2020. There the President described himself as a great environmentalist.