President Donald Trump has been an avid traveler throughout much of his time in office, often crisscrossing the country to lead massive campaign-style rallies.
But while the coronavirus pandemic has left him mostly confined to the White House, Trump recently signaled that he’s hoping to leave Washington and resume his travels soon, according to The Hill.
“I think I’m going to Arizona next week, and we look forward to that,” Trump told reporters at a meeting with business leaders on Wednesday, according to The Hill.
Travel on the horizon
Arizona is considered by most to be a politically crucial state in the November election; the president only carried it by a narrow margin four years ago.
What’s more, freshman Republican Sen. Martha McSally is up for re-election there this fall. McSally was appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey (R) in late 2018 to replace Sen. Jon Kyl (R), who was himself appointed to replace the late Sen. John McCain, Politico noted.
McSally’s appointment to the spot came after she lost a very close race for Arizona’s other Senate seat to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, according to The New York Times.
Resuming “massive rallies”
However, Arizona isn’t the only destination on the president’s proposed itinerary. According to The Hill, he also expressed a desire to visit the Buckeye State.
“And I’m going to, I hope, Ohio very soon,” Trump said Wednesday, The Hill reported. “And we’re going to start to move around, and hopefully in the not too distant future we’ll have some massive rallies and people will be sitting next to each other.”
Ohio was another key state in terms of Trump’s victory in 2016; it was previously carried by Barack Obama in 2012 and 2008. Holding on to it in November is seen by most observers as necessary for a Trump re-election win.
The president also said Wednesday that he hopes he soon will “be able to do some good old-fashioned 25,000-person rallies where everyone’s going wild because they love our country.”
Trump’s historical success in attracting huge stadium-sized crowds stands in stark contrast to his presumptive Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden. Whereas Trump routinely has routinely drawn tens of thousands to his events, Biden’s audiences have typically been much smaller, as Politico has reported.
What’s more, Biden’s performance on the stump has been notoriously shaky in recent months, with the former VP expressing confusion over where he is and even the identities of those around him. Can he really stand up to Trump in a head-to-head match-up? Only time will tell.