| Lansing State Journal
“I promise you, we are gonna win,” he repeated to the crowd gathered outside at Schlegel Sand & Gravel in DeWitt Township. “Their heads will explode if you say that too loud.”
Trump won Michigan in 2016 by about 10,000 votes. A Detroit Free Press poll shows Biden led by 9 percentage points last week.
Eric Trump revisited many themes from his father’s 2016 presidential race on Tuesday. He recounted Donald Trump’s support for gun rights, anti-abortion policies, a border wall and limiting business regulations.
He described politics as a “horrible profession” that the family entered to fight incompetence and evil.
“The last job that my father needed was politics,” Eric Trump said. “I can tell you, his life would be much better not being in this game.”
He said God was on his father’s side and promised a coming religious revival.
Eric Trump also described the Democratic party as “a socialist, a communist party.” He told the crowd the Democrats want to increase taxes, eliminate oil and natural gas drilling and outlaw plastic straws and red meat.
“They’ve actually come out and said, ‘Not only will we stop building the [border] wall right away, we want to take down the wall,'” Eric Trump said.
He also said his father supported school choice policies, which critics say direct resources away from public education. Donald Trump selected Betsy DeVos, a charter school advocate from Michigan, as his secretary of education.
Les Gille, 75, of Lansing, was in the crowd gathered Tuesday. He’s a Trump supporter who wanted to see whether Eric Trump felt like a celebrity or someone he could relate to.
“I had a front-row seat, and watching him speak and talk about America was like standing here talking to real people,” he said. “Not phony, not fake. Just real.”
Gille, a former Democrat who turned to the Republican Party when Ronald Reagan ran for president, said he wants a candidate who is anti-abortion, opposes broad social safety nets and takes action against unlawful immigration and “lawlessness.”
“This election isn’t political,” he said. “It’s moral issues that are on the ballot.”
With the Nov. 3 election less than two weeks away, Michigan, a swing state, is central to the Trump and Biden campaigns. Trump has held numerous rallies in Michigan and Pete Buttigieg visited a Stockbridge farm on a Biden campaign tour through the state Monday.
Eric Trump criticized the Biden campaign’s caution about the coronavirus, accusing Biden of laziness because he is not hosting rallies the way Donald Trump is. Few of the supporters who listened to Eric Trump on Tuesday wore masks or maintained safe social distancing.
The Biden campaign in turn has accused Trump of being reckless with coronavirus safety. Trump and many members of his administration and campaign caught coronavirus this fall.
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