GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Northeast Wisconsin was once again the focus of presidential politics as the Republican nominee returned to Green Bay Monday night.
Donald Trump took the stage in front of thousands at the downtown KI Convention Center around 6:30 p.m. It’s his second visit to Green Bay in two months.
“Under a Trump administration it’s going to be America first,” he told them.
In a speech interrupted five times by protesters, Trump called Hillary Clinton “the most corrupt candidate to ever run for President of the United States,” and promised he would bring an end to government corruption.
While his speeches are often tall on rhetoric, Trump delved into details Monday night on his ethics reform policy, saying he would ban executive branch officials from lobbying the government for five years after they leave the White House and a lifetime ban on senior executive branch officials from lobbying on behalf of federal governments, and he would encourage Congress to enact the same rules for its members and staff.
He also repeated his unsupported claims that voter fraud poses a significant threat to the U.S. electoral system and told the rally the election in three weeks may be rigged. He encouraged Green Bay supporters to volunteer to watch the polls on election day.
And in a message doing well in Northeast Wisconsin, he promised to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement, stand up to China, and make sure U.S. businesses face consequences for sending jobs overseas.
“My plan for the economy can be summed in three very beautiful words: jobs, jobs, jobs.”
During the rally the noisy crowd often broke into chants, including epithets against House Speaker Paul Ryan and the media. When Trump discussed the media “planting false stories” about him to help Hillary Clinton, supporters turned to the local and national cameras in the back of the room and chanted “Tell the truth.”
“They take a story with absolutely nothing that didn’t exist, and they put it front page news because they want to poison the minds of the voters,” he said.
Then he added, “By the way, just so you understand, just to be very clear, events that never happened. Just so you do understand that, okay.”
At one point in the speech a supporter shouted, “Build the wall!” Trump interrupted his prepared speech to say, “We will build that wall.”
As the crowd chanted “Build that wall!” Trump added, “And who’s going to pay for it?” “Mexico!” the crowd shouted. “100 percent,” Trump replied.
Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Congressman Glenn Grothman and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke were at the rally. While Trump had a large number of supporters there, many of the state’s top Republicans once again stayed away, including Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Ron Johnson and Speaker Ryan, who all cited scheduling conflicts.
Trump continued attacking Ryan on Twitter over the weekend, in one tweet saying, “The Democrats have a corrupt political machine pushing crooked Hillary Clinton. We have Paul Ryan, always fighting the Republican nominee.”
Trump and Ryan have been at odds since the release of a 2005 video of Trump making lewd comments about women. In response, Ryan said he would no longer defend Trump or campaign for him, although he did not withdraw his endorsement of the party’s nominee.
The video also caused a drop in Trump’s poll numbers, especially here in Wisconsin. But this is a part of Wisconsin polling suggests he’s doing well in, especially because of tough talk on trade deals he says sent manufacturing jobs to other countries.
However it also comes at a time Trump is trying to reassure voters he still has a chance to win Wisconsin.
A new, national poll by CNN/ORC found Trump’s support going back up in a few key swing states, including North Carolina and Ohio.
“In 22 days,” he told the crowd at the KI Convention Center, “we are going to win the state of Wisconsin, and we are going to win back the White House.”