Trump to Campaign in Michigan, Wisconsin as Biden Remains in Home State

President Donald Trump is heading to Michigan and Wisconsin on Saturday after rounding up his campaign stop in the battleground state of Florida and holding a rally in Georgia. In Florida, the president delivered remarks on “Protecting America’s Seniors,” telling audience members he is honored to “reaffirm [his] solemn pledge to America’s seniors.” “It’s so important to me. I happen to be a senior,” Trump said. “I will protect you, I will defend you, and I will fight for you with every ounce of energy and conviction that I have. You devoted your life to this country, and I am devoting my life to you.” “As President, I’m deeply aware that America’s 54 million seniors have borne the heaviest burden of the China virus,” he continued. “Many older Americans have endured months of isolation, missing weddings, births, graduations, church, and family reunions. You know that very well. You know it all too well.” President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Ocala International Airport on Oct. 16, 2020, in Ocala, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) While Trump was campaigning in Florida and Georgia, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who has stepped up travel in recent weeks after keeping a reduced schedule because of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, returned to Michigan on Friday, where he criticized Trump for not doing enough to combat the pandemic, racism, and hatred in the country. “He’ll do anything to distract us from focusing on his failures to deal with this virus and to protect the nation,” Biden said, in repeated claims the Trump administration failed to respond to the pandemic. Biden also said Trump did not strongly condemn white supremacy and the 13 individuals charged last week in the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “Hate never goes away. It only hides,” Biden said. “It never goes away. And if you give it oxygen, it comes out from under the rocks and grows.” Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden addresses a drive-in campaign rally at the Michigan State Fairgrounds on Oct. 16, 2020 in Novi, Michigan. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Whitmer, who is a co-chair of Biden’s presidential campaign, also previously criticized Trump, claiming the president failed to condemn hate groups, to which Trump responded he “does not tolerate any extreme violence.” “I do not tolerate ANY extreme violence. Defending ALL Americans, even those who oppose and attack me, is what I will always do as your President!” Trump said on Twitter following Whitmer’s criticism. …I do not tolerate ANY extreme violence. Defending ALL Americans, even those who oppose and attack me, is what I will always do as your President! Governor Whitmer—open up your state, open up your schools, and open up your churches! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2020 As Trump will campaign in Michigan and Wisconsin on Saturday, Biden said he is planning to remain in his home state of Delaware. Trump’s advisers have long seen Michigan and Wisconsin, as well as Pennsylvania, as key states in his re-election. Wisconsin has 10 electoral votes, and Michigan has 16. Nevada, where Trump will campaign on Sunday, has six electoral votes. Trump’s string of campaign stops comes ahead of a critical week next week. The two candidates will face each other in their second and final debate on Thursday. Reuters contributed to this report.

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Bags of Stolen Mail That Include Numerous Ballots Found Discarded in Washington Town

Mail that was stolen, including numerous ballots, were found discarded in multiple bags by roadsides and ditches in Seattle, officials said. Brian Zinser, the postmaster of the Redmond Post Office, also said he warned the Sammamish Police Department that “unopened or incomplete ballots have been inappropriately placed in out-going mail bins,” according to a statement from the City of Sammamish. The inappropriately placed mail included about 30 Sammamish ballots and six Issaquah ballots, according to the local outlet MyNorthWest. All of the ballots were unopened and the motive is currently unclear. Officials on Friday sent out a warning to Sammamish residents, a city located just east of Seattle, about the mail theft, and are asking people to check and empty mailboxes often to avoid the theft, which is common going into the holiday season. “Please check and empty your mailboxes often; and please keep them locked,” the statement reads. “If you do not have a lock on your mailbox, please consider getting one through the post office.” United States Postal Service (USPS) officials, together with the police department, are currently working on returning the stolen mail and ballots to their rightful owners. A ballot drop box is seen in King County, Seattle. (City of Sammamish) Sammamish Police Chief Dan Pingrey told MyNorthWest that mail theft is not uncommon in the area, but does not believe himself the crime was politically motivated. “We do have, throughout the entire Eastside, a lot of mail theft, because people take advantage of that to do fraud, forgery, identification theft, et cetera,” the police chief told the network. “It’s constant. And obviously, when it occurs now, they’re also getting ballots.” The stolen ballots were discovered by Amazon employees who were at the time delivering other packages, officials said. USPS also announced they have already delivered about 90 percent of ballots in the city. They also want to remind people who haven’t received their ballot by Oct. 19 to call King County Elections to get a replacement. News of mail voting issues have piled up in recent months as a record number of Americans are expected to vote remotely, because of concerns about the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus and related lockdown measures that make in-person voting more difficult. Democrats have been promoting mail voting as a convenience and safety precaution, while Republicans have cautioned against it, raising concerns of fraud and mismanagement. While Democrat and Republican groups both have filed lawsuits this year over vote-by-mail rules across the country, most of the more than 100 lawsuits are backed by Democrats. Epoch Times reporter Petr Svab contributed to this report.

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