President Donald Trump boasted that he's leading in early voting and said he was aiming for 12 years in office during his first of two campaign stops Saturday in Muskegon, Michigan.
The president called his Democratic rival Joe Biden a 'criminal' and knocked around the state's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer - with his raucous crowd chanting lock him and her up.
'It just came out, we're leading - early voting,' the president told thousands of supporters packed outside the Muskegon County Airport Saturday evening.
He told the crowd the Democrats needed shown a 'thundering defeat at the ballot box.' 'And by the way, it seems to be happening,' the president said.
He admitted that he thought the election would have been in the bag had the coronavirus pandemic not happen.
'This thing wasn't going to even be an election,' he said and then referenced the 'plague.' 'I didn't have to come to Michigan,' Trump added, explaining he would have won the state because manufacturing had come back.
President Donald Trump appeared Saturday in Muskegon, Michigan for his first of two campaign rallies. He's on a three-day spring through four key states and will also hold a fundraiser in California
President Donald Trump arrives Saturday in Muskegon, Michigan for a campaign rally during a tour of four swing states over three days
Trump said he was aiming for 12 years in office during his first of two campaign stop Saturday in Muskegon, Michigan
The president called his Democratic rival a 'criminal' and knocked around the state's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer - with his raucous crowd chanting lock him and her up
Upon arriving in Muskegon, Trump realized that the wind may do some damage to his hair.
'Get me a hat out of that plane,' he said nodding toward Air Force One.
He also joked that he was hat-less in a seat of Trump and winter hats.
About a third of the thousands of people gathered at the airport venue were wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Aide John McEntee came onstage later and handed the president a red 'Keep America Great' hat.
At the rally, Trump hammered Michigan's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for keeping the state locked down.
'You got to get your governor to open up your state, okay?' he told the crowd of mainly maskless supporters.
'And get your schools open.'
He also downplayed a recent right-wing militia plot to kidnap her.
'They're saying she was threatened. And she blamed me. And our people were the ones who worked for her people,' Trump told the crowd.
In response a Trump fan shouted 'liar!'
Soon a 'lock her up!' chant started up.
At another point a supporter shouted 'lock him up!' that cue was directed at Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Supporters smile as they listen to the president speaking in Michigan. Many wore red MAGA hats but very few wore face masks
Supporters hold up Make America Great Again banners for Trump at the rally where he boasted he had 'done more in 47 months than Biden has done in 47 years'
Maskless crowds listen to Trump hit out at Michigan's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for keeping the state locked down
He also downplayed a recent right-wing militia plot to kidnap Whitmer saying 'they're saying she was threatened. And she blamed me. And our people were the ones who worked for her people'
'He's a criminal. He's committed crimes,' Trump said.
Later, he falsely accused Biden of firing a Ukrainian prosecutor who was looking into the company Biden's son Hunter was advising.
'He makes 'Crooked Hillary' look like amateur hour,' Trump said.
As well as laying into Biden repeatedly, Trump launched an attack on Representative Ilhan Omar and appeared to mispronounce her name - one day after Republican Sen. David Perdue was labeled a 'racist' for appearing to intentionally missay the first name of Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala D. Harris.
Trump blasted that Omar 'doesn't love our country too much, I don't think.'
The president famously said of Omar in the past that she should 'go back' to the 'totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.'
Trump spooned Michiganders some of his trademark culture war fodder including that Democrats want to 'blow up' Mount Rushmore and 'take down' the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument.
'This is what we're dealing with folks,' Trump said to cheers.
He mocked liberals who want to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day, pointing out they probably lost the Italian-American vote.
He sang the praises of his third Supreme Court pick, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who will likely get confirmed by the Republican-led Senate before Election Day.
'Amy is going to, she's done amazing, it's amazing to watch her,' Trump gushed, calling her much more impressive than the 'radical left senators.'
'Unlike Joe she doesn't need notes, it's nice,' Trump said, referring to his Democratic rival Joe Biden.