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On a day off from court, fired-up Trump hits swing states

  • By Mike Wendling
  • BBC News, Waukesha, Wisconsin

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On a day off after his criminal trial in a Manhattan court, Donald Trump returned to the campaign trail with back-to-back rallies in two battleground states.

The Republican presidential candidate appeared at times irritated or lethargic in court as he faced charges of falsifying business records — even at one point he reportedly dozed off.

But on Wednesday, at a rally outside Milwaukee, Wis., he seemed excited as he spoke to a crowd of cheering supporters for about an hour and a half.

He addressed most of the major themes of his campaign: immigration, the economy, foreign policy and his opposition to President Joe Biden.

As he usually does on the campaign trail, he frequently improvised his remarks: “I’m 92 percent off on the teleprompter,” he said in an implicit mockery of his Democratic rival, who he often accuses of relying too much on scripted remarks.

The former president was this week fined $9,000 (£7,180) for making derogatory public statements about those involved in the affair, which revolves around a hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels, a pornographic actress who claims to have had an affair with Mr. Trump.

In Wisconsin, he briefly discussed his legal problems.

“I was charged – think about it – for nothing,” he said.

“I have a crooked judge, he’s a totally conflicted judge,” said Mr. Trump, who is still free to criticize Judge Juan Merchan under the terms of his silence order. “Unfortunately, it’s an area that’s about 95 percent Democratic.”

He then criticized the other criminal indictments against him and said “my poll numbers are higher than they’ve ever been.” The most recent polls show him in a very tight race with Mr. Biden.

A new survey from Emerson College Polling/The Hill finds Mr. Biden trailing Mr. Trump slightly in Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Many of Mr. Trump’s fans said here that they believed he was being unfairly prosecuted and, echoing the candidate himself, that his criminal trial would ultimately strengthen his position at the polls.

“The trial will definitely increase his popularity,” said Nancy Ridge, a supporter from Lake Geneva, Wis., who wore a jacket printed with Mr. Trump’s photo on the back and the words “Wanted: For President.” .

“Especially among people from the lower classes who have been convicted of crimes or even wrongly accused.

“They understand the justice system and how corrupt it can be,” she said.

“It’s free publicity,” said Jerry Cleppe, another Trump fan waiting in line outside the event.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad, it’s attention. The trial is a good thing.”

Legend, Jerry Cleppe thinks Mr Trump’s popularity will increase during trial

Mr Trump also addressed pro-Palestinian student protests at US universities and said New York police “did an incredible job” in clearing an occupied building on the Columbia University campus on Tuesday evening.

“To every college president, I say immediately remove the encampments, defeat the radicals and take back our campuses for all normal students who want a safe place to learn,” he said.

He also discussed abortion, during a week in which an interview with Time Magazine was picked up by the Biden campaign as anti-abortion rights.

Mr Trump insisted that leaving the legality of abortion up to individual states was the right thing to do and that he believed “people are absolutely thrilled” with the patchwork of state-by-state laws on the issue .

After his rally in Wisconsin, the former president held another event in Michigan. He is due back in Manhattan court on Thursday.

Legend, Hundreds of people came to see the former president in Wisconsin

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