GREEN BAY, Wis. - President Donald Trump planned to hold a rally in Green Bay on Friday, marking his third stop to the battleground state of Wisconsin in a week, his campaign announced Wednesday.
Democrat Joe Biden is also scheduled to campaign in Wisconsin on Friday, but he has not said where.
Vice President Mike Pence plans to hold a rally in central Wisconsin on Wednesday. Trump held a rally in the La Crosse area on Tuesday and was in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha on Saturday.
The visits come in the final days of the campaign in a state that Trump won by fewer than 23,000 votes in 2016. They also come amid a surge of coronavirus cases in Wisconsin, which broke records for new positive cases, deaths and hospitalizations on Tuesday.
On Wednesday just hours before the Pence visit, the No. 9 Wisconsin football team has canceled its game at Nebraska on Saturday and paused all team activities for at least seven days after a dozen people within the program including coach Paul Chryst tested positive for COVID-19.
State epidemiologist Dr. Ryan Westergaard said Tuesday that the virus’ trajectory in Wisconsin “a nightmare scenario" that will get worse in the coming weeks and months before it gets better.
Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesperson Tommy Kubitschek released the following statement on the president's upcoming visit:
“As Green Bay-area hospitals are being pushed to the brink thanks to Trump's failed COVID-19 response, Trump is continuing to make matters worse as he completely ignores the reality of the virus, saying 'we're rounding the corner' while his White House admits they have given up on controlling the pandemic. Families have been devastated by Trump’s failure of leadership, small businesses have closed forever, and working Wisconsinites are still wondering how they're going to pay their bills as they look for a job in Trump's cratered economy. Through all of this, Trump is still continuing his attacks on our health care and threatening protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Wisconsinites know the only way to end this nightmare is by electing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House on November 3rd.”