With a rousing rally in the battleground state of Florida, President Trump Monday made a triumphant return to the campaign trail this week, raising new questions about how much this kind of traditional politicking matters during a pandemic.
“I feel so powerful,” Trump said. “I’ll kiss everyone in that audience. I’ll kiss the guys and the beautiful women. Just give you a big, fat kiss.”
“These rallies give POTUS the juice he needs in the final weeks,” said a veteran Republican strategist, noting videos circulating of Trump dancing to the Village People’s “YMCA” as he took the stage.
For months, Republicans have predicted that at some point, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s approach of campaigning largely from his basement was a mistake and that eventually, Trump’s embrace of barnstorming and the bully pulpit would pay off. Instead, Biden has built a formidable lead in the polls, 10 points in the RealClearPolitics national average and almost 5 in