Politics Back in the habit! Nuns attend President Trump's rally in Michigan
Trump’s campaign made stops nationwide. Coronavirus cases surged in his wake in at least five places.
A USA TODAY analysis shows county COVID-19 cases grew at a faster rate after at least five of Trump's rallies across three states since mid-August.The president has participated in nearly three dozen rallies since mid-August, all but two at airport hangars. A USA TODAY analysis shows COVID-19 cases grew at a faster rate than before after at least five of those rallies in the following counties: Blue Earth, Minnesota; Lackawanna, Pennsylvania; Marathon, Wisconsin; Dauphin, Pennsylvania; and Beltrami, Minnesota.
Thousands of President Trump's most earnest supporters arrived to his campaign stop in Michigan on Friday, but it was five nuns that snagged his attention.
While speaking to the crowd that rallied at Oakland International Airport in Waterford Township about his bout of COVID-19, Trump directly addressed The Dominican Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary from Hartland.
'Sisters, I wasn’t feeling too good,' he told the women, who arrived in religious habits and sat among others who carried 'Make America Great Again' signs and donned MAGA paraphernalia.
Mike Espy’s Senate race in Mississippi is getting a fresh look from Democrats, including Barack Obama. Here’s why
Democratic Senate candidate Mike Espy is getting new attention in deeply red Mississippi as donations pour in after Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death."They don't think a Black man in Mississippi can win," the former agriculture secretary wrote on Twitter.
'And they gave me something called Regeneron,' Trump added. 'The next morning, sister, I woke up and it was like God touched my shoulder.'
Scroll down for video
Earlier this month, Trump revealed that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and soon after an outbreak overtook the White House.
Donald Trump made many promises in 2016 and early in his term. Which has he kept and what is he still working on?
Trump has kept a number of pledges, including tax cuts and conservative judges. But not on others such as bringing back coal and replacing Obamacare."Unlike so many who came before me, I keep my promises," Trump said during his State of the Union speech this year.
He was transported via Marine One to Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and spent three days receiving medical treatment.
Throughout his stay, he and doctors presented an optimistic prognosis that was derailed when Mark Meadows, White House Chief of Staff, told reporters that his 'vitals were concerning.'
Doctors administered various treatments to Trump, including a dose of an antibody cocktail from the company Regeneron. The drug was recently side lined from vaccine trials over 'potential safety concerns.'
Trump has since returned to the White House, and has attempted to level his COVID-19 recovery as justification for previously flouting CDC guidelines and minimizing the pandemic. He called catching the virus a 'blessing from God.'
The Dominican Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary traveled 20 miles to champion Trump, but it's not the first time nuns have showed support.
Fighter jets fire flares, escort plane from airspace near Trump event in Arizona
U.S. fighter jets escorted a plane flying in restricted airspace near President Donald Trump's rally in Bullhead City, Arizona.The North American Aerospace Defense Command tweeted that it sent two F-16s to investigate "a general aviation aircraft that was not in communication" with air-traffic controllers as it neared Bullhead City.
The habit began last Saturday when nuns with the Children of Mary Newark, Ohio, showed up wearing MAGA face masks and holding a Bible to his Circleville event.
During the rally, Trump also railed against Fox News Channel and made fun of Fox host Laura Ingraham for wearing a mask.
Ingraham was in a VIP spot because she is filming a special with the president for her show Friday.
'The crowds are much bigger, there's more enthusiasm, but Fox is the big difference,' Trump said comparing his 2016 run to this one. 'Somewhere along the line we lost Fox, but that's OK.'
The president was angered recently when he saw that Fox News Channel, which leans more conservative, had been airing campaign events headlined by his rival, Democrat Joe Biden and one of Biden's top surrogates, former President Barack Obama.
As Trump faces uncertain future, so do his signature rallies
LITITZ, Pennsylvania (AP) — They began to arrive more than 40 hours before President Donald Trump took the stage in this stretch of rural Pennsylvania where horse-drawn buggies remain a common sight. By 10 p.m., a small group had set up an overnight camp on lawn chairs as a cold drizzle set in. “I am the crazy Trumper,” declared Kyle Terry, 33. He had been the first to arrive at the IMAX parking lot — at 8 p.m. Saturday for a Monday afternoon rally, his fifth of the fall. “I love it. I’ve been having the most fun of my life. And I really just don’t want this to stop.
The president had prefaced his statement with, 'We still have a few great ones at Fox.'
The network carried Trump's full Michigan rally live - the first of 17 rallies he'll hold in four days - despite Biden holding an event in Iowa that started shortly after.
Biden's was then played.
Fox anchor Bill Hemmer said the network aired both 'to give you a gauge of how two candidates are running very different campaigns.'
For one, Trump's isn't abiding by basic COVID restrictions, packing people in and not enforcing mask-wearing.
When Trump looked out into the Michigan crowd to scout Ingraham, he was surprised to see was wearing one.
'I can't recognize you. Is that a mask? No way, are you wearing a mask?' he shouted to Ingraham. 'I've never seen her in a mask.'
'Look at you, Laura, he went on. 'She's being very politically correct. Whoa! Whoa!' Trump added.
At Trump's recent flurry of rallies, of majority of attendees have been unmasked, as the president has mocked Democratic nominee Joe Biden for his mask-wearing.
Housing and Urban Development Department Secretary Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, and his wife Candy were in the crowd.
Bikers for Trump rally draws thousands of motorcycles to Pennsylvania
More than 1,000 motorcycles and vehicles gathered with Bikers for Trump on Sunday for a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where Eric Trump arrived to campaign for the PresidentFlags reading 'Trump 2020' and 'Keep America Great Again' fluttered in the wind as Bikers for Trump drove through the city of Wilkes-Barre for a scheduled rally.
They didn't wear masks.
Ingraham was photographed in a mask with a presidential seal at Trump's second rally of the day, in Green Day, Wisconsin.
Police, experts monitoring extremist groups to see if poll watchers try to disrupt voting
The states with the highest risk for election-related violence by armed extremist groups are Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia and Oregon.President Donald Trump, who has falsely claimed voter fraud is widespread, has called for an army of poll watchers to ensure the election is fair. Right-wing extremist groups have signaled they plan to heed the call. Left-wing groups have vowed to confront people they believe are engaged in voter suppression.
Trump has been using a clip of Ingraham's show in the video reel that he's played at each rally, where she goes after Biden.
His Michigan stop - located halfway between Detroit and Flint - was the first of the day, with just four days left until votes are finished being cast in the 2020 presidential race.
Trump will travel to Wisconsin, which he won over Hillary Clinton, next.
He'll end his day in Minnesota, where his event was capped to 250 attendees due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Trump is hoping Minnesota, another part of the Democrats' so-called 'blue wall,' will flip his way this time.
In Michigan he, again, went after the state's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, whl was targeted by right-wing militia members in a kidnapping plot.
Trump has continued to bash her coronavirus restrictions anyway, falsely claiming Democratic governors are keeping precautions in place to hurt the president politically.
During Friday's rally he got a raucous 'lock her up! chant.
'Not me!' he said looking at the members of the media at the venue. 'They blame me everytime that happens.'
He also told the Michigan crowd he was sure he'd win Minnesota because of Rep. Ilhan Omar, a favorite target of Trump's and one of just two Muslim women in Congress.
She represents one-fourth of the House Democrats 'squad' of progressive freshmen lawmakers.
‘Here we go guys!’ Joe Biden supporters await news at Wilmington tailgate gathering .
With Joe Biden on the cusp of a presidential victory Friday, his supporters gathered in his hometown of Wilmington with signs and American flags.The excitement was palpable outside the secure zone of the Chase Center, where Biden is expected to speak later in the day.