President Trump is holding a rally-style campaign event in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Tuesday, a state hopes to win again in November.
North Carolina has capped outdoor gatherings at 50 people due to COVID-19, so the gathering would appear to violate those rules. Some protesters held signs that said “this is a peaceful protest” and “peaceful protesters,” reflecting an argument from Trump allies that if protesters can gather in the hundreds, so can they.
“We decided to call all our rallies peaceful protests,” Mr. Trump said, explaining how his campaign is skirting gathering restrictions in states like North Carolina.
The president hit on many familiar themes, insisting America would be a more dangerous place under a Joe Biden presidency.
“We’re going to be appointing very pro-crime judges,” Mr. Trump said, apparently meaning anti-crime judges. “But they want to destroy your suburbs.”
The president also insisted Kamala Harris would make a terrible president, were she to ever rise to that post.
“You know what? People don’t like her. Nobody likes her. She could never be the first woman president. She could never be. That would be an insult to our country,” Mr. Trump said.
Mr. Trump also encouraged North Carolina voters to show up at the polls after voting absentee, “to make sure it counts.” Voting twice is illegal.
In 2016, Mr. Trump won the state by almost 4 percentage points, but current polling shows him lagging in the state. An August CBS News poll of likely voters found Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is beating Mr. Trump, 48% to 44%.
Earlier Tuesday, Mr. Trump stopped by another battleground state — Florida. Mr. Trump won the Sunshine State in 2016, and it’s a key state for him in 2020. The president touted himself as a great environmentalist.