Bikers for Trump rally draws thousands of motorcycles to Pennsylvania as Eric Trump stumps for his father in bid to boost state poll figures
- Thousands of motorcycles and vehicles gathered in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to rally for President Trump
- The rally and vehicle parade was organized by Bikers for Trump, a group dedicated to getting Trump re-elected on November 3rd
- Eric Trump spoke at the Bikers for Trump rally, as did Jim Bognet, a GOP congressional candidate endorsed by the President
- Pennsylvania is a battleground state for the Trump and Biden campaigns after it flipped red in 2016
- National polls have predicted that Biden will take Pennsylvania on Election Day
Flags reading ‘Trump 2020’ and ‘Keep America Great Again’ fluttered in the wind as Bikers for Trump drove through the city of Wilkes-Barre for a scheduled rally.
Led by Bikers for Trump founder, Chris Cox, the group was spotted in a local mall parking lot before the army of vehicles departed for a vehicle parade towards Scranton.
Attendees were outfitted in ‘MAGA’ paraphernalia as many decked out their vehicles with homemade banners, ‘Blue Lives Matter’ signs and American flags.
More than 1,000 motorcyles and vehicles gathered in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, for a rally supporting President Trump in the November 3rd election
People who participated in the Bikers for Trump rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, outfitted their vehicles with ‘Trump 2020’ flags and ‘Police Lives Matter’ banners
Bikes for Trump worked to boost support for the President as he makes last-minute campaign stops ahead of the November 3rd election
Eric Trump (center), son of President Donald Trump, speaks at a Bikers for Trump event in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, November 1, 2020
Some bikers brought cardboard cut-outs of Trump, while others printed his face atop the American flag.
The group hoped to give Trump a final boost of morale in Pennsylvania, where Democrats have sought to flip the state blue this election.
Pennsylvania, previously positioned as blue state through the Clinton and Obama administrations, turned red during the 2016 election.
With 20 electoral votes up for grabs – among the largest in the country – the key swing state has remained a coveted potential victory by both campaigns.
As Election Day nears with under 48 hours left, Eric Trump traveled to Wilkes-Barre to speak to his father’s supporters at the rally.
Also in attendance was Jim Bognet, a GOP candidate for Pennsylvania’s congressional race that was endorsed by Trump.
Eric Trump (pictured) on Sunday campaigned for The President as several national polls listed him behind Joe Biden in Pennsylvania
Eric Trump (center) raises his fists into the air as supporters of President Trump cheer at the Bikers for Trump rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Supporters of President Donald Trump salute while gathering for a Bikers for Trump event in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on Sunday
Jim Bognet (center): ‘Thousands of patriots at a rally at 10am Sunday morning to hear Eric Trump, Dwayne McDavitt and me talk about the importance of re-electing President Trump & helping me fire Pelosi’
‘Amazing event today. Bikers for Trump leading a 1000+ car parade through Wilkes-Barre and Scranton,’ he wrote on Twitter.
‘Thousands of patriots at a rally at 10am Sunday morning to hear Eric Trump, Dwayne McDavitt and me talk about the importance of re-electing President Trump & helping me fire Pelosi.’
But according to current poll data from RealClearPolitics, Pennsylvania may be out of Trump’s grasp.
While InsiderAdvantage listed Trump with a two point lead at 48-46, others indicated that Biden was ahead by as much as seven points.
The New York Times/Siena poll, which surveyed from October 27 to 31, reported Biden with a six point lead with likely voters. ABC News/Washington Post’s poll showed Biden winning at 51-44.
Dwayne McDavitt (right) , co-organizer of a Bikers for Trump event, joins hundreds of other supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Meanwhile, President Trump on Sunday launched a campaign sprint across U.S. battleground states starting with a chilly outdoor rally in Michigan, a state crucial to his election chances as he seeks to defy the polls and fend off Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
Trump, aiming to avoid becoming the first incumbent president to lose a re-election bid since fellow Republican George H.W. Bush in 1992, has a frenetic schedule for Sunday, with stops also planned in Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Biden is due to campaign in Pennsylvania.
Buffeted by snow flurries in Washington, a town north of Detroit, Trump wore his trademark red cap emblazoned with the words ‘Make America Great Again’ as he addressed a boisterous crowd on a cold and blustery morning.
After the crowd loudly chanted, ‘We love you’ Trump responded, ‘I love you, too. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be standing here because it’s freezing out here.’
President Trump (left) and Joe Biden (right) have both held last-minute campaign stops this weekend ahead of the General Election
Trump predicted he would repeat his 2016 victory in Michigan and touted his efforts to create auto jobs, a key issue for the auto manufacturing state.
‘We brought back your car industry. Your car industry was finished. You would have had nothing left,’ Trump said.
Biden has held on to a steady lead in national opinion polls as a coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 230,000 Americans and battered the economy has weighed on Trump’s campaign. The former vice president was ahead 51% to 43% in the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll, taken Oct. 27-29.
Polls show Trump still close in enough battleground states that could give him the 270 votes needed to win in the state-by-state Electoral College that determines the overall victor.
The race remains a toss-up in Florida, North Carolina and Arizona, Reuters/Ipsos polls showed, while Trump trails by 5 percentage points in Pennsylvania and 9 percentage points in Michigan and Wisconsin.
In his 2016 victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton, the real estate developer and reality TV personality-turned-politician took Pennsylvania and Wisconsin as well as Michigan, states that for decades had gone in the Democratic column.
‘You better get out there and vote,’ Trump told the crowd.
One vehicle placed a cardboard cut-out of President Trump’s face in their passenger side window, as well as a ‘Make America Great Again’ banner in the back seat
Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather for a Bikers for Trump event in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Anita Dunn, a Biden campaign adviser, said on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ program, ‘We feel confident about where we are.’ The Democratic governors of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin all said they were upbeat about Biden’s chances in their states. Ohio’s Republican governor predicted Trump would win the state by a couple of percentage points.
Biden is scheduled to campaign again on Sunday and Monday in Pennsylvania, the state where he was born, with events in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Biden also added a stop in Ohio on Monday, indicating his campaign views that state as winnable.
Trump is due to stage 10 rallies – five a day – on Sunday and Monday, the campaign’s busiest stretch, with Monday appearances planned in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and back in Michigan.
Hitting on familiar themes, Trump portrayed himself as running against ‘a corrupt politician’ and ‘a dummy and a half’ in Biden as well as a ‘left-wing mob’ and Democratic ‘maniacs.’
The contest has proven unexpectedly close in Texas, typically a reliable Republican state.
On Monday, responding to a lawsuit brought by plaintiffs including a conservative activist and a Republican state legislator, a federal judge in Houston will hold an emergency hearing on whether Harris County officials unlawfully allowed drive-through voting during the pandemic and should toss more than 100,000 votes in the Democratic-leaning area.
Supporters of President Donald Trump participate in a car and motorcycle rally at a mall in Pennsylvania, where Trump has trailed behind Biden in national polls
After a caravan of vehicles bearing Trump campaign flags surrounded a Biden campaign bus carrying campaign staff on a Texas highway on Friday, Trump on Saturday retweeted a video of the incident and wrote: ‘I LOVE TEXAS!’ The Biden campaign said it canceled two events following the incident.
Biden began his day at a church in his home state of Delaware. As he entered, anti-abortion and pro-Trump demonstrators told him to repent for the sake of the soul of his late son who is buried at the church.
A record-setting 93 million early votes have cast either in-person or by mail, according to the U.S. Elections Project, a phenomenon expected to boost Biden’s chances.
Trump has made unsubstantiated claims that mail-in ballots – a regular feature in U.S. elections – are rife with fraud and has refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power if the results show he has lost. Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller told ABC’s ‘This Week’ the president is banking on in-person voting on Tuesday to push the president over the top.
Miller also questioned the integrity of the election, saying, ‘If you speak with many smart Democrats, they believe President Trump will be ahead on election night, probably getting 280 electoral (votes), somewhere in that range. And then they’re going to try to steal it back after the election.’