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Trump news – live: Trump attacks kidnap plot victim Gretchen Whitmer as campaign heads to Wisconsin and Michigan

Donald Trump has lashed out at a Republican senator who warned that the president will inspire a GOP “blood bath” on Election Day.

He said that the president “regularly sells out our allies under his leadership” while he “spends like a drunken sailor.”

“He mocks evangelicals behind closed doors,” Senator Sasse said. “He’s flirted with white supremacists.”

Mr Trump hit back in a pair of tweets comparing “little” Sasse to Bob Corker and Jeff Flake, two other GOP senators who feuded with the president.

He said: “Both Senators became totally unelectable, couldn’t come even close to winning their primaries, and decided to drop out of politics and gracefully “RETIRE”. @SenSasse could be next, or perhaps the Republicans should find a new and more viable candidate?”

Meanwhile, with less than three weeks so Election Day, the president said he “won’t feel so good” if he loses to Joe Biden, as more than 25 million voters have already cast their ballots.

The president headed to rallies in Wisconsin and Michigan on Saturday, despite both states reporting their largest single-day case counts since the onset of the public health crisis.

As the nation surpasses 8 million infections and is climbing its way into a third “surge” of cases and hospitalisations, Michigan reported its second consecutive day of more than 2,000 confirmed cases on Friday.

Wisconsin health officials reported three consecutive days with more than 3,000 cases. On Friday, the state recorded more than 4,000.

Nearly 70,000 coronavirus infections were reported in the US on Friday, marking the nation’s single highest confirmed daily case count since July.

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Trump takes shot at kidnap plot victim Gretchen Whitmer

“I guess they said she was threatened and she blamed me, she blamed me and our people were the ones that worked with her people, so let’s see what happens,” said Mr Trump as the crowd chanted ‘Lock her up’ for a second time.

Mr Trump then said: “Hopefully you will be sending her packing soon anyway.”

Graeme Massie17 October 2020 23:07

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Trump talks about staying on as president for 12 years

“It drives them crazy when you say ‘12 more years.’ Then they say ‘He is a fascist, he is a fascist,'” said Mr Trump as the crowd chanted for it.

Graeme Massie17 October 2020 22:57

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Crowd urges president to ‘lock up’ Hillary Clinton

“Are we having a good time?” said Mr Trump as the crowd chanted for Ms Clinton to be jailed.

Graeme Massie17 October 2020 22:55

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Trump laughs as crowd chants for ‘12 more years.’

“It drives them crazy when you say ‘12 more years.’ Then they say ‘He is a fascist, he is a fascist,'” said Mr Trump as the crowd chanted for it.

Graeme Massie17 October 2020 22:47

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Trump talks about winning Minnesota to crowd in Michigan

Graeme Massie17 October 2020 22:44

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President said pandemic has made campaign difficult for him

“I had to go back to work on this stuff. This thing was over. Well nothing’s ever over but I would have had to work about one-tenth ,” said Mr Trump

Graeme Massie17 October 2020 22:34

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‘Lock her up’ crowd chant at rally

“You have to get your governor to open up your state and get your schools open,” said Mr Trump as the crowd chanted ‘Lock her up’ about Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Graeme Massie17 October 2020 22:31

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Trump claims he is leading in early voting in Michigan

Graeme Massie17 October 2020 22:25

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Trump falsely claims he is leading in early voting

“Who knows? This should be much bigger as we have done everything we said we would,” said Mr Trump at event in Michigan.

Graeme Massie17 October 2020 22:20