By Sabrina Edwards
On Saturday President Donald Trump held a rally in Muskegon, against the wishes of many health officials, with thousands in attendance.
This event is coming after a week of Michigan’s highest reported COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. There were 2,015 new cases reported on Friday Oct. 16, a day before Trump’s rally. Trump’s rallies often feature no social distancing and many attend without wearing masks.
“As physicians, we are really concerned about the inaccurate misinformation that President Trump repeats day after day, multiple times a day,” said Susan Fabrick as reported by The Detroit Free Press, a family medicine doctor who has practiced in Muskegon for 26 years. “No matter what he claims, COVID-19 is still with us and it is still killing people.”
During the rally, Trump reiterated the importance of American history. He claims the “Radical left plan to destroy American history.” He also stated that the democratic party no longer exists and instead is a party of marxists and socialists.
“You gotta get your governor to open up your state, and get your schools open,” said Trump, when speaking about Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Trump brought up the kidnapping conspiracy, stating that Whitmer blamed him. Following this the crowd started chanting, “Lock her up.”
“Be careful of her and her attorney general because you know they’re like in charge of the ballot stuff,” Trump said. “How the hell do I put my political and our country’s political life in the hands of a pure partisan like that?”
Trump bounced back and forth on a few different topics, however he talked at length about confederate statues being removed across the country. He said that Biden has no control over the democratic party, and that Biden will allow them to remove “our history.” Someone in the crowd yelled out, “They’re sick,” in response to Trump’s remarks.
“He said ‘They’re sick,’” Trump said. “I agree. I’m just not allowed to say that.”
Trump brought up the town hall meetings that both candidates held on Wednesday. He said Biden, who he kept referring to as “Sleepy Joe,” was being asked softball questions while he had to deal with “that person,” in reference to NBC broadcaster Savannah Guthrie.
Trump brought up Christopher Columbus, mentioning how people on the left want to remove statues of him and change the name of Columbus Day.
“He (Biden) wants to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. Who likes that?” asked Trump, which was followed by boo’s from the crowd. “It’s politically incorrect.”
Following that, Trump brought up critical race theory and how he banned it from being taught in schools, claiming he will not allow federal money to be spent on “anti-american propaganda.” He stated that American’s are ‘so lucky’ he is president.
Trump claimed that Biden is a corrupt politician and that if Biden is elected,China will own America. Following this he brought up Hunter Biden again, calling him the “human vacuum cleaner.”
He then brought up the riots, claiming that riots in states that allowed them to send in military forces were disbanded quickly. When speaking on the Minneapolis protest he said, “When you’re watching everyone get pushed around, there’s something beautiful about that.”
Throughout the event the crowd chanted, “Twelve more years.”
“If we decided to go for an extra four or eight or something,” Trump replied to the chanting, which was followed by more chanting.
Trump ended the rally by stating that he has made America strong again and that “We will make America great again.”