If he loses election, Trump muses, ‘Maybe I’ll have to leave the country’

By: New York Times |

Updated: October 17, 2020 7:57:31 pm

US President Donald Trump. (File)

Written by Lisa Lerer

Amid a raging virus, struggling economic system and unrest over racial justice, President Donald Trump targeted on his reelection marketing campaign, recasting a few of his failures as a candidate as energetic selections throughout a rally Friday night in Macon, Georgia.

Sounding happy to be in pleasant territory, Trump spoke for shut to two hours, making sporadic references to the coronavirus pandemic, commerce and the U.S. economic system. But most of his remarks targeted on his personal private grievances — the pleasure he alleged his opponents felt at his virus prognosis, a information media he continues to argue is stacked towards him, know-how corporations and, in fact, his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, and his household.

At one level, Trump threatened to leave the nation ought to he lose the election.

“Could you imagine if I lose?” he mentioned. “I’m not going to feel so good. Maybe I’ll have to leave the country, I don’t know.”

Trailing in the polls and at a major money deficit in contrast with Biden, Trump tried to argue that he was opting towards elevating extra money as he enters the ultimate stretch of the election.

“I could raise more money,” he mentioned. “I would be the world’s greatest fundraiser, but I just don’t want to do it.”

Trump’s marketing campaign introduced this week that he had raised over $247 million final month, far in need of the document $383 million raised by Biden’s marketing campaign and affiliated Democratic committees.

The president additionally delivered a discursive monologue about what he cast as a selection to not be extra presidential, an allusion to the chaotic model that has turned off suburban girls, a gaggle that helped increase Trump to victory 4 years in the past.

“I used to go and I’d imitate a president who’s playing presidential — it’s so easy compared to what we do,” he mentioned. “I said, ‘I can be more presidential than any president in our history with the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln when he wore the hat. That’s tough to beat.’”

Trump acknowledged his losses in the suburbs, seeming to hyperlink his slide to his divisive model. Biden leads by 23 factors amongst suburban girls in battleground states, in accordance to current polling by The New York Times and Siena College. Among suburban males, the race is tied.

“Suburban women,” he mentioned. “I heard they like my policy but they don’t like my personality. I said they don’t care about my personality, they want to be safe.”

Georgia, lengthy a Republican stronghold, needs to be a straightforward win for Trump, however current polling signifies that it might be nearer than some Republicans would really like. This week, Biden beat Trump in a spread of polling averages. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, the Democratic candidates vying for the state’s two open Senate seats, posted equally aggressive ballot numbers towards their Republican opponents.

A day after refusing to condemn QAnon, the sprawling, false pro-Trump conspiracy idea neighborhood, Trump praised Marjorie Taylor Greene, the controversial congressional candidate who has embraced parts of the debunked and discordant theories that have led to some real-world violence and that the FBI has labeled a possible home terror risk.

“I never, ever want to have her as my enemy,” mentioned Trump. “She is so unbelievable.”can

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