- The Washington Times - Monday, November 2, 2020

President Trump kicked off a final marathon day of campaigning in North Carolina with complaints about “phony polls” that show him trailing in key states, saying pundits are repeating the mistakes they made four years ago and he’ll romp to victory.

Mr. Trump said his supporters might not want to talk to pollsters, skewing pre-election metrics, but they aren’t timid people.

“The ‘hidden voter’ or whatever they call them,” Mr. Trump told supporters in Fayetteville. “Somebody called them the shy voters — my people are not shy.”

The president fixated on a poll that showed him down by 17 points in Wisconsin, saying it is designed to depress his voters so they won’t waste their time going to the polls.

“It’s crooked stuff,” Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Trump is keeping up a vigorous schedule in the final hours before Election Day. His final-day sprint takes him from the Tarheel State to Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and back to Michigan.

“We have five of these today — five,” Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Trump won North Carolina four years ago and is relying on its 15 electoral votes to help him chart a path to a second term.

He said if he locks down the state along with Florida and Pennsylvania, then it will spell victory.

The president painted a bleak picture of the nation if he loses, arguing Joseph R. Biden will cause an economic depression, upend the suburbs and ruin energy production. He also played a video clip of Mr. Biden stumbling over his words or forgetting names.

“He’s not equipped to be your president,” Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Trump recounted how the Russia probe overshadowed much of his first term, prompting numerous chants of “Lock them up.”And he complained about Supreme Court rulings that allow Pennsylvania ballots to be counted after Tuesday, saying it “puts our country in danger.”

“You know what can happen? Number one, cheating can happen,” Mr. Trump said. “Get your ballots in and have them long before the 3rd.”

On the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Trump focused on the economy, saying a vote for Republican Dan Forest over Gov. Roy Cooper will help the recovery.

He accused the Democratic incumbent of using business restrictions to make the Trump administration look bad.

“You gotta get your state open,” Mr. Trump said. “Don’t worry about it. On Nov. 4, they’ll announce your state is opening.”

Mr. Trump also said a vaccine will be available in a few weeks.

• Tom Howell Jr. can be reached at thowell@washingtontimes.com.

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