President Donald Trump joined his supporters who cheered ‘lock him up’ after he tore into rival Joe Biden at a Georgia rally Friday night.
‘Lock him up. You should lock them up,’ Trump told a crowd at a nighttime rally with the election just 18 days away.
‘Lock up the Bidens. Lock up Hillary. Lock ‘em up!’ Trump said.
He had been prompted by ‘lock him up’ cheers from the crowd after he ripped the Bidens. ‘That Biden family is corrupt. It’s a corrupt family,’ Trump said.
‘These are a bunch of bad people,’ he said.
Trump compared the email revelations that have come out after his lawyer Giuliani provided what he said was Hunter Biden’s laptop to the New York Post, which reported on Hunter’s business dealings in Ukraine and China.
The disclosures, although not yet verified amid intelligence warnings of potential Russian disinformation, had echoes of 2016, when the Hillary Clinton email scandal led to releases from former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s laptop and the story upended the election.
‘Between Anthony Weiner’s laptop and this laptop, these are two beauties,’ Trump said. ‘I think this one could be worse than the Weiner laptop.’
Trump called it the ‘biggest scandal anywhere in the world,’ although then he said it was second to what he calls the ‘Russia hoax.’
Even after the Clinton and Weiner references gave Trump’s Macon rally a flavor of a 2016 reunion, Trump grabbed another line from his stump speech of yesteryear. ‘And Mexico is paying for the wall, you do know that,’ he told the crowd.
Trump’s appearance in Georgia was a sign of the challenges he faces even in the electoral college that handed him the White House while losing the popular vote. He actually trails Biden by about 1 percentage point in public polls in the Republican-leaning state.
‘We won Macon Georgia we’re going to win it again,’ Trump told his crowd. ‘Eighteen days from now we’re going to win the state of Georgia, we’re going to win four more years.’
Trump said he could easily rake in millions to help his campaign by calling rich friends – even as new disclosures show Biden out-raised him in September.
‘I could raise more money. I’d be the world’s greatest fundraiser. But I just don’t want to do it,’ Trump said.
Then he joked: ‘Do you mind if I take one week and just do it? I will set the all-time record on fundraising.’
Democrats are also out-raising Republicans in key Senate races, a possible signal of a wave election.
Biden, after a day campaigning in Michigan, bristled when a reporter traveling with him asked about it. ‘I knew you’d ask it. I have no response. Another smear campaign. Right up your alley.”
Before Trump spoke, Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) warmed put the crowd and mispronounced Sen. Kamala Harris’ name repeatedly – drawing outrage from his Democratic opponent.
‘Kamala, Kamala, Kamala-mala-mala-mala. I don’t know. Whatever,’ Perdue said.
Rival John Osoff rewteeted a clip and wrote: ‘My opponent, GOP Sen. David Perdue of anti-Semitic attack ad infamy, just mocked Sen. Harris’ name as “Kamala-mala-mala-whatever” at a Trump rally. We are so much better than this.’
Earlier, Trump held a large outdoor rally in Florida Friday where supporters also chanted ‘Lock him up!’ when he tore into Biden, who himself blasted the ‘refusal to condemn’ a plot to kidnap the Democratic governor of Michigan.
The crowd chants, at Trump’s outdoor rally in Ocala, came as the president campaigned in the southeast in a push to try to turn back his rivals expansive polling lead. Trump teed off on a report based on information gleaned from Hunter Biden’s laptop, claiming it showed the Biden family is ‘corrupt.’
‘It’s the biggest story worldwide. It’s a corrupt family. And these people didn’t ask him one single question about it,’ Trump said, complaining about a Thursday night town hall meeting on ABC where voters did not bring up the story with Biden during his prime time appearance.
President Donald Trump called Joe Biden’s family a ‘corrupt family’ at a campaign rally in Florida
‘Lock him up!’ chanted crowd members, who were packed closely together and mostly avoided wearing masks at the outdoor fathering.
‘Look behind the fake news Can you believe how many people back there?’ Trump told the crowd.
Trump railed against ‘phony witch hunts phone impeachments – all of the things. And it ended up that they did it can you believe that?’ he said.
Trump repeatedly attacked his rival as dirty, as voters give the Democrat a more desirable public approval rating than the incumbent. ‘He’s a servant of the wealthy donor sand globalists,’ said Trump. ‘Joe Biden has been blatantly lying about his involvement in his son’s corrupt business dealing,’ he said.
Trump’s supporters crowded into an outdoor airport area for the rally
Democrat Joe Biden blasted Trump for a failure to ‘condemn’ the plot against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer introduces Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden to speak at Beech Woods Recreation Center in Southfield, Michigan, on October 16, 2020
This combination of pictures created on October 09, 2020 shows booking photos released by the Antrim County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan (L-R, top to bottom) Michael Null, William Null, Eric Molitor, and Shawn Fix and images released by the Kent County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan, Ty Garbin, Brandon Caserta, Kaleb Franks, Adam Fox, and Daniel Harris. All are suspects in the alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
William Null (R) stands in the gallery of the Michigan Senate Chamber during the American Patriot Rally, organized by Michigan United for Liberty, to demand the reopening of businesses on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan, on April 30, 2020
‘How many times you see him make fun of Biden wearing a mask? Because he refuses to practice social distancing he puts his supporters in such jeopardy,’ Biden said, slamming Trump and claiming he puts his own supporters in danger
He once again went after Hunter Biden, who got an administrative discharge from the Navy reserve after failing a test for drug use.
‘This is a guy that got thrown out of the military. Had no job. As soon as his father became vice president he became a vacuum cleaner for the family,’ Trump said.
‘They got the guy’s lap top. They got thousands of things,’ Trump said, referencing a hard drive of information that his lawyer Rudy Giuliani provided to the New York Post.
Biden, appearing in battleground Michigan, referenced an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, an ally who was on his short list for vice president.
Federal and state authorities have charged 14 people, including self-described militia members, in the plot.
‘It’s the sort of behavior you might expect from ISIS,’ Biden said. ‘And the failure to condemn these folks is stunning,’ he said.
Trump in April tweeted ‘LIBERATE MICHIGAN!’ amid the governor’s coronavirus lockdown order.
‘That was a dog whistle,’ Biden said Friday of the language.
‘Just like when he said there were quote very fine people on both side sin Charlottesville,’ he said, pointing to the 2017 clash in Virginia involving neo Nazis.
Biden praised Whitmer, saying he was ‘grateful that the governor and her famiy are safe.
‘It’s an unusual year,’ he told his Michigan crowd. ‘You stand up straight and tall and you don’t bend,’ he told Whitmer. ‘You stepped up to the crisis and you stepped up,’ he said.
At his Georgia rally, Trump also went after Whitmer for ‘blaming me because people were whatever …’ in reference to what happened. Then he referenced the FBI investigation and said: ‘We did her a favor.’
Biden also heaped praise on Democratic Sen. Gary Peters, who is in a tough race against John James, a Republican businessman. The race could be key to control of the Senate.
Biden blasted Trump for having ‘refused to embrace wearing a mask.’
‘How many times you see him make fun of Biden wearing a mask? Because he refuses to practice social distancing he puts his supporters in such jeopardy,’ Biden said, slamming Trump and claiming he puts his own supporters in danger.