The polls are bad, his own camp doubts: in difficulty, Donald Trump went to Florida and Georgia on Friday, two states he can hardly afford to lose if he wants to win against Joe Biden on November 3 .
Nothing is played, of course. There are 18 days of campaign left.
“We are going to witness a red wave (the color of the Republicans, editor’s note) of an unprecedented amplitude”, launched from Ocala, the American president who is counting on an intense field campaign to, as in 2016, make the surveys.
Opting for an increasingly aggressive register – “Joe Biden is a disaster (…) Joe Biden is a corrupt politician” – the tenant of the White House is throwing all his strength into the battle to prevent the “Sunshine State” , which he narrowly won in 2016, does not switch to the Democratic side. “On election day (…) we are going to inflict a resounding defeat on Sleepy Joe,” he thundered in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
The president, 74, then spoke in the same vein from Macon, Georgia, a state where he had largely outstripped Hillary Clinton four years ago but where he is behind Joe Biden, 77, in the latest polls. The Biden are “a criminal organization” and they should be “locked up,” he told a cheering crowd.
However, the bad news is piling up and the excitement is every day a little more palpable in the Republican camp which seems to no longer pay attention to presidential tweets.
According to data transmitted by the Nielsen Institute, the “town hall” (televised exchange with voters) of the former reality TV presenter on Thursday evening was less watched than that of his Democratic opponent (13,461,000 viewers against 14’135’000). The two televised meetings were held at the same time, in place of the debate which had finally been canceled between the two men.
Several tenors of the “GOP” (Grand Old Party, the Republican Party) are now openly worried about a Democratic tidal wave.
After the doubts expressed aloud by Senators Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham, it was Ben Sasse, elected from Nebraska, who expressed his deep concerns. Donald Trump is a “mediocre” leader, he said, deeming his defeat likely, in a recording revealed by the media.
“He laughs at evangelicals behind their backs, his family took advantage of the presidency as a business opportunity, he flirted with white supremacists,” he said.
In Michigan, Joe Biden on Friday judged Donald Trump’s “refusal” to condemn white supremacists “astonishing.” The former US vice president was speaking alongside Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a staunch opponent of Donald Trump recently targeted by a plot of far-right men who wanted to kidnap her and “try” her for “treason”.
“Make no mistake, they are terrorists from within,” Joe Biden, 77, told Southfield to about 20 guests and reporters.
“This is the kind of behavior one would expect (from the Islamic State group),” he added. “It should shock the consciences of all Americans, of all Americans, and the refusal to condemn these types is amazing, ”he thundered.
The former Democratic vice-president leads by nearly ten percentage points in the national average of the polls for the presidential election of November 3. But above all, although with a narrower margin, in the key states which hold elections in the United States by switching from one party to another.
And he can count on the support of Barack Obama, who announced that he would participate in his first campaign event on the ground in Pennsylvania on Wednesday.