The election card for Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign looks difficult. With a number of states turning increasingly blue, Trump will have to thread a very difficult needle to get 270 electoral votes.
The president knows how bad the math is for him and runs several campaign events every day. Tonight he's in Minnesota, a state where 538.com only gives him a 7% chance of winning. And the results of the visit are embarrassing.
Trump began his visit with a rally at an airport in Rochester, Minnesota. He hit the crowd with most of his biggest hits. If Biden wins, he'll tell the crowd, "T.There will be no schools here, no graduations, no weddings, no Thanksgiving, no fourth of July, no nothing. America's youth will have no future. "
He also ripped off the state's governor Tim Walz over enforcing COVID restrictions. Then there were big problems with his audio feed.
ABC's Garrett Haake tweeted, "Maybe it's the small amount. Maybe it's cold. But this is the lowest energy I've ever seen when the president was at a rally. He blows through his lines of applause, just checking the boxes his usual speech as if he had to be somewhere. "
Maybe it's the small amount. Maybe it's cold. But this is the lowest energy I have ever seen at a President rally. He blows through his lines of applause, just checking the boxes of his usual speech as if he had somewhere to be. pic.twitter.com/iZyj6YSlLp
– Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) October 30, 2020
And it seems like it has to be somewhere. Aaron Rupar von Vox writes:Wow – Trump cuts low energy efficiency in Rochester, Minnesota in less than 30 minutes. "
Wow – Trump cuts a low energy output in Rochester, Minnesota after less than 30 minutes of speaking. pic.twitter.com/lNjzGtBLmJ
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 30, 2020
Health officials forced Trump to limit his audience to 250 people or less, which is likely why the president showed no interest and was quick to deviate from his speech.
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He likes sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.