“I’ll probably have to do it again, but stay tuned,” Trump said, teasing an event he has with Ohio Republican Senate candidate JD Vance for Monday. “We have a big, big rally. Stay tuned for tomorrow night.”
Trump also told the crowd that “every free and loving American must understand that the time to stand up to this growing left-wing tyranny is now,” while calling on his supporters to reject the “radical left-wing maniacs” and adding that Hispanics would appear strongly for GOP candidates.
Senator Marco Rubio accompanied Trump to the rally as he runs for reelection. Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, who did not attend the Miami event, ran for reelection against Democrat Charlie Crist and is widely regarded as Trump’s most formidable challenger if he also entered the White House race.
Instead, DeSantis held his own, separate Sunday events in another part of the state, where he stuck to key points of his reelection campaign, including rioting against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and “waking up” in schools and other parts of the state. society. The governor’s counterpolitical programming avoided antagonizing Trump — meaning it didn’t deliver the dueling 2024 events that could be his and Trump’s in the near future.
Trump said on Sunday that Florida would “re-elect Ron DeSantis as your governor”. But he was more confrontational at a meeting in Pennsylvania on Saturday night, referring to the Florida governor as “Ron DeSanctimonious.”
It’s a rivalry that has been simmering for over a year as DeSantis has taken increasingly bold steps to raise his national profile and build a deep fundraising network.
Trump remains the most popular figure in the Republican Party. Still, many of his supporters are eager for the prospect of DeSantis being able to run, as they see him as a natural successor to Trump, without the former president’s significant political flaws.
For national Democrats, meanwhile, the focus is on the fate of their limited control of the House and Senate, which could evaporate after Tuesday.
New York Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, head of the Democrats’ House campaign arm, is in an uphill battle for his seat. But he insisted on Sunday that Democrats “will do better than people think on Tuesday”, adding that his party is “not perfect” but “we are responsible adults who believe in this democracy”.
“I think this race is razor sharp and I think everyone who cares about the extremism in this ‘MAGA’ movement – the racism, the anti-Semitism, the violence – should get out and vote and that’s not just Democrats, they’re independents and honest-minded Republicans,” Maloney told NBC’s Meet the pressreferring to former President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.
Voters can rebuke the party that controls the White House and Congress amid rising inflation, concerns about crime and pessimism about the country’s direction. History suggests that the party in power will suffer significant losses in the midterm elections.
On a weekend that also saw Democratic demonstrations by former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, First Lady Jill Biden attended church services Sunday while campaigning in Houston. Like her husband and his presidential predecessors, she argued that democracy itself was on the agenda.
“There is so much at stake in this election,” she said. “We need to speak out about justice and democracy.”
While traveling in Chicago, Vice President Kamala Harris took a similar note, saying, “These attacks on our democracy will have direct repercussions not only on the people of our country, but perhaps around the world.”
Trump has long falsely claimed that he only lost the 2020 election because the Democrats cheated and has even started raising the possibility of electoral fraud this year. Federal intelligence agencies warn of the possibility of political violence by far-right extremists.
Ronna McDaniel, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, said the Democrats were “inflation deniers” and tried to brand the other party as anti-democratic for rejecting the results of the 2020 free and fair presidential election simply because Trump wanted them to. lost.
“If we win the House and Senate back, it will be the American people who will say to Joe Biden, ‘We want you to work on our behalf and we want you to work across the aisle to solve the problems we face. to do,” said McDaniel. told CNNs State of the Union.
Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, the nation’s largest union of civil servants, has traveled across the country championing Democrats. He said, “It’s going to be hard, it’s going to be hard, but we’re not giving up hope.”
“Obviously people are concerned about the economy,” Saunders said. But he added that voters are also “concerned about the freedoms being taken away from them, whether you’re talking about voting rights or whether you’re talking about women’s right to choose.”
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