President Donald Trump wrapped up his pitch for a second term in the White House in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his adult children at his side.
‘I think we’re going to win everything. I think tomorrow is going to be one of the greatest wins in the history,’ he predicted.
‘This is not the crowd of somebody who is going to lose the state of Michigan,’ he said. ‘This is not the crowd of a second place finisher.’
‘We want a big win. Not just a win. A big win,’ he said.
Democratic rival Joe Biden leads in national polls and in polling in several critical battleground states. Biden is up by 6.7 points in the RealClearPolitics polling average. But it’s been an unusual year – upended by the coronavirus pandemic – and Tuesday’s race is not a lock.
‘He’s not going to win. I really don’t believe he’s going to win,’ Trump said of his rival.
Trump sounded hoarse and tired after two back-to-back days of campaigning in which he held 10 rallies in several crucial battleground states. His final rally of the day Monday started after midnight after a 14-hour day of campaigning.
‘We appreciate you so much,’ he told the crowd.
The president was joined at the final event of his 2020 campaign by Donald Trump Jr and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, Eric Trump and Lara Trump, Tiffany Trump, and Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
‘No matter what happens tomorrow I’m very proud of you all,’ he said to them. ‘But if you don’t win I’ll never speak to you again.’
Vice President Mike Pence was on hand to join him.
President Donald Trump enters the final rally of his 2020 presidential campaign in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Trump, 74, ended his final day of campaigning with a rally in Michigan that began at midnight
President Trump, with Vice President Mike Pence, throws red ‘MAGA’ hats to the crowds
Eric Trump and his wife Lara Trump, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, and Donald Trump Jr., and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, listen as President Donald Trump speaks at his final rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Kimberly Guilfoyle, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, and Lara Trump, standing next to Eric Trump, on Monday night
The ‘first family’ listen on as Trump delivers his closing arguments in the election race
The president’s final rally drew hundreds of people in the freezing night to the Grand Rapids airport
Ivanka Trump, in her striking red coat, speaks to fans of her father in Grand Rapids
Several former members of his 2016 campaign and the early days of his administration were on hand for the event: former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former press secretary Sarah Sanders were spotted.
The president attacked his rival as against ‘guns, God and oil’ in his closing remarks.
‘Every corrupt force in America and life that has ever betrayed you and hurt you is supporting Joe Biden,’ he told the crowd.
‘Do you want to be ruled by maniacs or the American people?’ he said.
He warned Biden would raise taxes and take guns – pronouncements that had the crowd booing.
‘He never had what it took. He was a glad-hander,’ he said of Biden. ‘Not a smart guy, not a nice guy.’
Trump played a video of Biden verbal gaffes and his stuttering – a recent addition to his rallies designed to make his rival look foolish and mentally off.
‘It puts much more pressure on me to run against a guy like this,’ he said after it aired. ‘The concept of losing to a guy like this – You better get out there and vote tomorrow or I’ll be so angry.’
Trump addresses the crowd during his election rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Monday night
The bleachers were packed with MAGA-capped fans listening to the president at the conclusion of his campaign
Mike Pence, Karen Pence, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien and others listen while Trump addresses the crowd
Pence joined Trump on stage for the final night of the campaign
And he bragged about his own accomplishments.
‘We fulfilled everything we said we were going to fulfill,’ he said. ‘And we did some things that we never even talked about.’
He told the crowd: ‘You are so lucky I’ve agreed to be your president.’
He offered a list of grievances against himself, which includes his standing in the polls, his coverage in the media, and his impeachment trial.
He said all the stories and investigations ‘makes me perhaps the most innocent man anywhere in the history of the United States.’
Trump wrapped up five rallies in four states on Sunday. He woke up at his Trump International Golf Club in Doral after holding a midnight rally in Miami. He started off on a high note with friends and supporters yelling ‘four more years’ as he left the club. From there he held rallies in Fayetteville, North Carolina; Scranton, Pennsylvania; Traverse City, Michigan; and Kenosha, Wisconsin before his final event in Grand Rapids.
While Trump went from state to state on Monday, Biden kept his focus on Pennsylvania. He, Jill Biden, Kamala Harris, and Doug Emhoff barnstormed the critical state all day.
President Trump held five rallies on Monday with his final one starting after midnight in Michigan
Trump told the crowd he was proud of his accomplishments, and promised plenty more
At his closing rally in Pittsburgh, Biden offered a message of hope.
‘Tomorrow is the beginning of a new day,’ he said. ‘Tomorrow we can put an end to a presidency that has left hard-working Americans out in the cold. Tomorrow we can put an end to a presidency that has divided this nation and fanned the flames of hate. Tomorrow we can put an end to a presidency that has failed to protect this nation. Millions of Americans have already voted. Millions more will vote tomorrow.’
‘And my message to you is simple: The power to change this country is in your hands,’ he said.
The two men have run contrasting campaigns from day one. Biden has presented himself as the anti-Trump while the president has switched between bragging about what he’s done for the economy and bashing his political enemies.
Trump will spend Election Day at the White House with a quick trip to Northern Virginia to thank his campaign staff at his headquarters there.
Biden will keep campaigning, attending get-out-the-vote events in Pennsylvania.
Trump, meanwhile, admitted he chose Grand Rapids for his last stop because he’s ‘superstitious.’
‘I’m a little bit superstitious,’ he told supporters at a rally in Kenosha, Wisconsin, his fourth stop of the day and the one preceding his Michigan event.
He pointed out it was ‘there four years ago’ that he concluded his victorious presidential campaign. ‘We’ll do it the same way,’ he said.
He shrugged off any question of nerves about Election Day. Polls show Biden in the lead but the polls said the same about Hillary Clinton four years ago.
‘Well I’ve been here before, I think we’re in a much stronger position than four years ago,’ the president told reporters when he landed in Wisconsin.
And, as election day grew closer, he expressed concern about extended ballot counting, a likely scenario as many voters use mail-in voting because of the coronavirus pandemic.
‘We could be waiting for weeks before we ever find out what’s going on. The whole world is waiting for this decision,’ he told his rally in Wisconsin. ‘Lawyers will be going in and they’ll be fighting.’
Trump criticized on Monday – as he has many times – a Supreme Court decision to allow the state to extend its deadline to count mail-in ballots for three days after the election. The 2016 contest in the state was extremely close – Trump won Pennsylvania by less than 1 point – so the ruling was a blow to him and a boost to Democrats.
He tweeted the ruling could lead to ‘rampant and unchecked cheated’ and added it could ‘induce violence in the streets’ – a tweet that was flagged by Twitter as ‘misleading.’
Joe Biden predicted a ‘big win’ during his finale election eve appearance – in Pittsburgh with Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga speaks to a Pittsburgh drive-in crowd in front of Heinz Field Monday night playing the role of celebrity surrogate for Joe Biden
Lady Gaga dances for the crowd at Monday night’s rally for Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Lady Gaga makes a heart sign onstage at the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania rally Monday night for Joe Biden
Biden didn’t respond to the president’s words.
‘I’m not going to respond to anything he has to say. I’m hoping for a straightforward, peaceful election with a lot of people showing up,’ he reporters traveling with him on Monday.
Trump said the ruling ‘made a dangerous situation’ and a ‘very bad situation for the state.’
During his campaign stop in Biden’s hometown of Scranton, President Trump said his team would be keeping an eye on the vote count and on Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.
‘Please don’t cheat governor. Please don’t cheat. Because we’re all watching. We have a lot of eyes on the governor and his friends,’ he said. On Sunday, Trump said his campaign was ready to send in lawyers on election night to dispute ballots.
Trump spent the two days before election holding 10 rallies in seven states – barnstorming the areas he needs to win for second term in the White House.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence attend a rally in Traverse City, Michigan, with a beautiful sunset
President Trump throws hats to supporters during a stop in Scranton, Biden’s hometown
Joe Biden (left) and Lady Gaga (right) appeared together Monday on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, with the Cathedral of Learning peeking out behind the duo
Chrissy Teigen (left) leans over her husband John Legend (right) Monday night in Philadelphia as he performs at a rally headlined by Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris
The Jumbotrons in Pittsburgh also showed the rally Monday night in Philadelphia, which was headlined by John Legend, who brought along wife Chrissy Teigen and the couple’s two kids. Sen. Kamala Harris appeared with Legend
Kamala Harris enlisted John Legend and Chrissy Teigen to back her campaign on Monday night in Philadelphia
Obama stumps for Joe Biden at the Florida International University in Miami
Barack Obama campaigned fiercely for Joe Biden on Monday, with stops in Georgia and Miami
Most of his focus was on the Midwest – the so-called ‘blue wall’ for Democrats that Trump broke through to win in 2016.
Those stops included Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan – states Trump won by less than one point in his last campaign.
Trump shocked Democrats when he won the states. He was the first Republican presidential candidate in more than 20 years to do so and it’s a feat he wants to repeat this year.
The president kicked off his final day of campaigning with an old litany of complaints – against the polls, against Biden, against the media, against his impeachment trial, and even against his 2016 foe Hillary Clinton.
He kept his focus on election night – the evening in 2016 that he beat Hillary Clinton in a shocking upset when polls showed her leading in the race.
He recounted the story of how state after state was called for him instead of Clinton.
‘Was there ever as anything as big?’ he said of the evening.
But for all his complaints and remembrance of things past, Trump did remind people to the polls.
‘Get out and vote that’s all I ask,’ he told the crowd in Fayetteville.