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President Trump holds campaign event in WI in light of toned-down DNC

Posted at 9:22 PM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 12:13:38-04

OSHKOSH — President Donald Trump's re-election campaign made a strategic trip to Oshkosh amidst the pandemic and the toned-down Democratic National Convention.

Trump spoke for roughly an hour at Wittman Regional Airport, touching on everything from jobs to the pandemic to "saving the suburbs."

He also took swings at presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, his running mate Kamala Harris, and democrats.

"We can't have a guy who's shot, and in his best years he wasn't very good," Trump told the crowd of a couple hundred.

The president acknowledged his 2016 win in Wisconsin and made his case to voters as to why he should be re-elected. At one point he cited a shipbuilding company in Marinette which recently got a navy contract. He also cited support from dozens of Wisconsin sheriffs.

"It’s awesome he’s coming out here to show support for the local area and the community and everything," said supporter Chad Hayes.

Supporters said seeing the president in the Badger State will make a difference with voters.

"They got to do the job for us no matter what’s going on and if they’re not going to then why vote for them," said Linda Cross.

"Get out and vote. Do those beautiful absentee ballots. Or just make sure your vote gets counted. The only way we're going to lose is if the election is rigged," Trump said in a plea to voters to turn out.

Despite the state mandate, about half the crowd looked to be wearing face masks during the event which was held in a hangar.

President Trump will bring his re-election campaign to Arizona and Pennsylvania this week.

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