FORT WAYNE, Ind. – President Trump sent out a dark and sometimes challenged message on Monday as he zigzagged through a trio of Midwestern states that brought him to the White House and deeply involved in the tactics he used to defend the Democrats two years ago to destroy and retain the control of the GOP of the Senate.
Trump trumped a handful of Republican senatorial candidates and governor candidates on the eve of the halftime, arguing at a rally here that there was a "Democrat-led attack on American sovereignty," arguing that the "democratic agenda will bring a socialist nightmare."
"If you want more caravans, if you want more crimes, vote for the Democrats tomorrow," Trump told Thousands of tough supporters in Indiana, the second of three stops he had made in front of the polls for Republican candidates on the final day before the elections ,
Trump started his Monday with the revival of his war on the media – accuse CNN with no evidence of broadcasting "fake suppression polls" – and flouting unsubstantiated claims about illegal voting, as he did in 2016, insisted on no evidence that "many people" intended to vote illegally ,
In Cleveland, at the first of the three rallies, Trump continued the apocalyptic, fact-robbed subject that he has hammered in recent days. The President began his 56-minute speech with the announcement of the economy, but quickly turned to a rhetoric of fear and fury focused on crime and immigration.
Trump accused the Democrats of taking a "wreckball in our economy and our future," claiming without proof that the Democrats are trying to attract more undocumented immigrants into the country in order to vote.
"Democrats are inviting caravans for caravans of illegal aliens to pour into our country and overwhelm their communities," he said.
He also wrongly said to the crowd of followers that "we build the wall, do not worry," and argue that "barbed wire will also be very effective," which refers to his deployment of thousands of soldiers to the southern Border.
From Richard Cordray, the Democratic governor candidate in Ohio and former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Trump said he had "destroyed people, crushed bank banks, destroyed small businesses, destroyed jobs," and mocked Cordrays allies. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
Trump's itinerary included Ohio Sword State on Monday, in which the Republicans had to fight Sen. Sherrod Brown (D), and two Red States, Missouri and Indiana – a sign that his popularity is limited to conservative areas.
The campaign ends in its six-day rally race of 11 rallies. This also shows that Trump seems to have largely conceded the fight for the House to the Democrats, and instead relies on his personal appeal to the base of his party to push the GOP Senate candidates to the finish line.
In a teleconference with more than 200,000 followers and later at the Cleveland Rally, he gave an explicitly personal tone and told his supporters that he was actually available for reelection to get his base to report on Tuesday and vote.
"In a way, I'm on the ballot," said Trump in the call organized by his re-election campaign. "Whether we think about it or not, the press sees it as a referendum about me and us as a movement."
Before leaving Washington for the rally on Monday, Trump announced in one tweet "Law enforcement has been urged to pay close attention to ILLEGAL VOTING outcome, which may take place on Tuesday (or early election). Anyone caught is subject to the maximum statutory penalties. "
Shortly before Trump's tweet, the Department of Justice announced that it would send workers in 35 states in 19 states to "monitor compliance with the suffrage laws" – a move that sparked suspicion and some vigilance among proponents of voting rights.
Trump, whose own fraud-screening commission has been closed to voters and has little to prove, did not prove any irregularities in the vote.
All you have to do is go around and take a look at what has happened over the years and you will see, "he told reporters before he boarded Air Force One in Washington. "There are a lot of people, a lot of people – my opinion and based on evidence – who try to enter illegally and actually vote illegally, so we just want to tell them that there will be top-level charges."
Trump also defended an immigration ad from his campaign after Facebook and several television stations – including his favorite Fox News – decided not to turn it on because it was considered racist.
"We have many ads. And they are certainly effective, based on the numbers we see, "said the president. When he learned that many found the ad offensive, he replied, "Well, many things are offensive. Your questions are often offensive. "
He also indicated that his Cabinet might be ready for a cleanup this coming Wednesday, noting that "administrations are making changes, usually after interludes, and we're probably right in that category too."
Later in Ohio, Trump told the crowd that he would never call a woman beautiful again because she is now "politically incorrect" – an obvious dig of the #Metoo movement – just before leaving his daughter Ivanka Trump, a White House counselor , introduced the stage.
"When you talk about women, you can not use the word" beautiful "anymore. It's not politically correct, "said Trump. Then he asked the men in the crowd to raise their hands and swear never to call women beautiful.
"I can not say it because – my daughter Ivanka, but she's really smart and she's here," Trump continued. "Should I raise her? , , , Come on, Ivanka. "
"Wow wow, hello Ohio," said Ivanka Trump, "that was an introduction."
After leaving the microphone, her dad said, "I never said she was beautiful, but she was smart."
Kim reports from Washington. William Wan and John Wagner contributed to this report.