President Donald Trump is going to Arizona next week, after spending months in the White House in confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump, who has fallen in the polls because of how he handled the COVID-19 crisis, is hoping that this trip will mark a new phase in his reelection campaign.
According to reports, he is going to visit a manufacturing site that builds face masks, among other personal protective items.
The Republican leader told reporters on Wednesday: “I think I’m going to Arizona next week, and we look forward to that, and I’m going, I hope, to Ohio very soon.”
Trump, a big fan of political rallies, is hoping to take the show back on the road soon. The leader of the free world continued: “Hopefully, in the not too distant future, we’ll have some massive rallies, and people will be sitting next to each other. I can’t imagine a rally where you have every fourth seat full; every six seats are empty for every one you have full. That wouldn’t look too good.”
The former reality TV star added: “I hope we’ll be able to do some good old-fashioned, 25,000-person rallies where everybody is going wild because they love our country.”
Despite being anxious to get back to campaigning, Trump says that he is certain that the polls are wrong, and he is not currently behind his presumed Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump stated: “I don’t believe the polls. I believe the people of this country are smart. And I don’t think that they will put a man in who’s incompetent. And I don’t mean incompetent because of a condition that he’s got now. I mean, he’s incompetent for 30 years. Everything he ever did was bad. His foreign policy was a disaster.”
Biden has led Trump in most recent national polls by 4-6 points. And the looming coronavirus recession has removed Trump’s main selling point from the board: the economy.
Over 30 million Americans are now out of work, with the latest jobless claims reaching 3.8 million. Trump says that he does not think the election will be a referendum on his handling of the crisis.
The president told Reuters: “No, I don’t think so. I think it’s a referendum on a lot of things. I think it’s going to be a referendum on all the things we’ve done, and certainly, this will be a part of it, but we’ve done a great job.”
Many political experts had Trump as a favorite to retain the presidency, but the pandemic has turned the theory upside down.