Donald Trump continues to try to make a late bid to win Wisconsin again, as he did in the presidential election four years ago.
Publicly-released polls conducted in the state show the president trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden by at least 5 percentage points. One poll this week from ABC News and the Washington Post has Trump behind by 17. But during a rally at the Green Bay airport Friday, the president blamed the news media for portraying him doing badly.
"Washington Post/ABC — crooked as hell. It's called suppression polls. You know what it does? It suppresses the vote. You get depressed," Trump told the crowd.
Trump insists the race in Wisconsin is close and that he can win, much the way he pulled off a surprise victory in the state in 2016.
The president likely needs a big turnout in northeast Wisconsin, which backed him four years ago, to have a chance to win. So, he promoted the endorsement he received this week from former Green Bay Packers star quarterback Brett Favre.
"One thing about him: tough as hell and really talented. So, I want to thank Brett Favre. Thank you very much," Trump said, to cheers.
The Biden campaign responded by highlighting comments from one of Favre's former Packers head coaches, Mike Holmgren. Holmgren said the "only intelligent decision in this particular election" is backing the former vice president for the White House.
Friday night in Milwaukee, Biden continued his criticism of Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, charging that the Republican has "waved the white flag and surrendered to this virus."
First Lady Melania Trump is expected in West Bend Saturday. The president has announced a campaign stop at the Kenosha airport Monday evening.