CHARLOTTE – President Trump continued his rhetorical balancing act between consolation and condemnation at an election campaign on Friday night. He condemned the political violence, but made verbal attacks against the media and its democratic rivals.
After the nation was hooked on more than a dozen Democratic Party officials and supporters, Trump opened his remarks with the promise of "doing everything in my power to prevent politically motivated attacks." Police have tied the bombs to a Trump supporter, Cesar Sayoc of Florida, and Trump said the perpetrator must be "prosecuted and punished to the fullest extent of the law."
"Everyone will benefit if we can end personal politics Destruction As a nation, we must unite love and harmony in peace," said the President. But as he has done in recent days, Trump has quickly blamed the media for describing unfair reporting about him and his Republican allies.
"We do not blame the Democratic Party for the radical left, who destroy the public property and unleash violence and chaos," he continued. "The media are trying to attack incredible Americans who are trying to support our movement by trying to restore power to people."
Trump talked for more than an hour, and he and his supporters both seemed energetic after a busy week. A president who was not known for moderation tried at times to strike a unifying tone just to undermine him by using his rhetorical messages.
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At one point Trump, whose government is expected to send up to 1,000 troops in support of border security operations, seems to have alluded to a White House plan that would close the border with asylum-seeking migrants, which is likely to be the case would be a political setback and legal challenges
"Look what's going to happen next week," Trump told the crowd. It's going to be exciting, it's going to be great. "
In fact, the caravan is still weeks away from arriving in the United States and the numbers in the group have already dropped from an estimated 7,200 at the beginning of the week to about 3,000. The Democrats have accused Trump of raising fears of excessive security concerns over a group of families with children.
The participants of the rally expressed on Friday similar to the rhetoric of the President. In interviews, they bemoaned America's hyper-partisan atmosphere and desire to unite the country, while at the same time eyeballing the news of the bomb threats with suspicion.
"No one knows what's going on, it's terrorism, no matter who did it, the person [who did it] has to pay for it," said CB McKinnon, 52, who owns a water treatment company in North Carolina.
He understood why someone who sent bombs to elected officials was a big news, "but the timing of that bothers me, it always seems like it's going to happen before a poll, it's suspicious in the worst case scenario. "He feared it would" influence the election. "
Mary Raynor, 64, was also skeptical. She believed it was "too early to say", which motivated the attacks, but she believed, "it's a suspicious timing."
"Why did these things happen before the election?" She asked. "This stuff takes time to play, I will not react emotionally."
Corey LaCosta, 49, fears that "many voters do not know where to go" and that important party-political messages may influence the election. He said he hoped it was a "loner act," not that someone had funded it. He feared "reverse psychology" and cited the Pro Trump stickers on a transporter allegedly belonging to the suspect. He was worried that the incident would affect the election.
"You must try to be civil on the other side," said Olivia Keenan, 19, who attended the rally with her parents and twin sister. The family considered themselves independent, but wanted to hear from Trump. "It will get so far that it's so polarized that something like bombs happens."
All these voters believed that Trump fulfilled his election promises and that the country has improved since his election. They often cited his tax cuts, his support of the military, and his commitment to improving border security as top achievements, and took his tone in recent weeks. "Trump keeps his word, but other politicians do not," Raynor said.
"I want a strong president who says what he feels," said LaCosta.
Trump was in North Carolina to stumble for Congressional candidates in close races for Rep. Ted Budd and Mark Harris, both Republicans. Trump had already visited the state in late August to support the duo. The Republicans are struggling to retain control of the US House after the split times.
In the 13th district, north of Charlotte, the reigning Budd faces a serious challenge from Democrat Kathy Manning. Budd's own political story is strangely the same as Trump's. He won the first election in 2016, which he had ever denied. He first defeated a crowded field before he decisively won the general. He now faces a challenge from Manning, who was himself a first-time candidate, calling health care one of her main motivations for running.
Meanwhile, Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready are fighting for the 9th congressional district, which is currently considered a "kill-up" by the Cook Political Report. The bets have attracted conservative stars such as former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee; Lara Trump, the president's daughter-in-law, and Karen Pence, vice-president's wife in support of Harris. McCready is on the trail with former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and MP John Lewis (D-Ga.).
"Mark Harris is another true fighter for North Carolina," said Trump. "He will vote to protect your jobs and cut down regulations like never before, and he will choose to save your health care, secure our borders and stop illegal immigration."
Both Harris and Budd became theirs surpassed democratic opponents.
"They have done fantastic campaigns, they are doing very well, but honestly out and voting, let's take no chances," said Trump.
The two candidates briefly took to the stage with Trump and vowed to work with the president to implement his policy. The president in turn portrayed his opponents as radical liberals.
Trump called Budd's opponent Manning "an extreme liberal Democrat" and criticized her for being "a big fan of Maxine Waters," a Democratic congressman was a target of Trump's wrath and target of two of this letter bombs this week.
Waters had told her followers in June, "If you have someone from that cabinet in a restaurant, a department store, a gas station, you go out and you make a crowd and you push them back, and you tell them that they are no longer welcome. "
When Buhs followed, Trump fed the crowd. "Maxine Waters!" He repeated. But then he stopped himself.
"I want you to say, 'He was so nice tonight. & # 39;
Nakamura reported from Washington.