Former President Donald Trump rallied his Michigan supporters on Saturday, telling them that the border crisis would worsen if Democrats continue to control both chambers of Congress after the midterm elections.
“The choice in this election is simple. If you want the decline and fall of America, then vote for the radical left Democrats,” Trump said in a speech. “If you want to stop the destruction of our country and save the American dream, you must vote Republican.”
“If the radical Democrats keep their grip on the House and the Senate, the situation will only get worse. They’ll flood the country with tens of millions more illegal aliens,” Trump added. “They want to ram through mass amnesty and give illegal aliens welfare, free health care, and the right to vote.”
Trump made the remarks during a rally in Warren, Michigan, on Oct. 1, stumping for the state’s GOP candidates, including gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon, secretary of state nominee Kristina Karamo, and attorney general nominee Matthew DePerno.
In August, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) reported that nearly 4.9 million illegal immigrants, including some 900,000 “gotaways,” have crossed the U.S. borders since President Joe Biden took office.
On Sept. 30, the FAIR released a statement, calling for the quick passage of four Republican bills that it believes can “attack different aspects” of the border crisis. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) introduced one of the bills, the Ending Catch and Release Act (H.R.8951), and Rep. Kat Cammack (R-Fla.) introduced a bill (H.R.8952) that would give the Homeland Security Secretary the authority to shut down the U.S. border.
“FAIR urges swift passage of each of the commonsense measures above as part of an all-encompassing approach to securing the border, fortifying our interior enforcement, and making American communities safe to live, work, and play,” according to the statement.
Trump said the first job of a Republican Congress would be to “stop the invasion of our southern border.”
“We will shut down Biden’s border disaster and reinstitute our strong ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy,” he said.
Tudor Dixon (R), the Republican candidate for Michigan Governor, speaks alongside former U.S. President Donald Trump during a Save America rally at Macomb County Community College Sports and Expo Center in Warren, Mich., on Oct. 1, 2022. (Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images)
Trump told supporters that they should vote for Dixon, whom he described as a patriot and a “very, very good” woman, and to fire incumbent Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who is seeking her second term in office.
As for DePerno, Trump described him as “one of the toughest lawyers” he has known.
“He is tough and smart and he is going to bring your state back,” Trump told supporters, referring to DePerno.
Trump praised Karamo as a “fantastic talent and a fantastic person.”
Dixon, Karamo, and DePerno trailed their Democrat opponents, the Trafalgar Group found in a poll (pdf) conducted from September 24 to 28.
According to the poll, Dixon trailed Whitmer by 5.8 percentage points, Karamo trailed Democrat candidate Jocelyn Benson by 4.8 percentage points, and DePerno trailed Democrat candidate Dana Nessel by 2.8 percentage points.
The three GOP candidates trailed by a larger margin, according to an EPIC/MRA poll, which was conducted between Sept. 15 and 19. Incumbent Gov. Whitmer had 55 percent of the support, leading Dixon by 16 percentage points. Benson and Nessel had a 12-point and 13-point lead, respectively, over their GOP opponents.
“So on November 8, Michigan patriots have to shatter every record,” Trump said. “You have to defy every prediction and you have to swamp Gretchen Whitmer, the radical Democrats, with a colossal, red, Republican wave.”
In this aerial view, boats sit grounded in a woodland area and along the side of the road after being pushed by rising water from Hurricane Ian near Fort Myers Beach in San Carlos Island, Fla., on Sept. 29, 2022. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
On Saturday, Trump began his speech at the rally by offering his sympathy to those affected by Hurricane Ian.
“I want to send our profound sympathy and our immense support to everyone back in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas who are struck by this brutal wrath of the hurricane,” Trump said.
At least 54 people have been confirmed dead because of Ian, the Associated Press reported, after the storm made landfall in Southwest Florida on Sept. 28 as a Category 4 hurricane. Forty-seven of the dead are found in Florida, four in North Carolina, and three in Cuba.
As of Sunday morning, over 857,90 consumers still did not have electricity, according to Poweroutage.us. More than 33,000 remained without power in North Carolina, and more than 10,000 without electricity in Virginia.
“Please know our hearts are with you and our prayers are with you,” Trump added.