Pensacola (USA) (AFP) – President Donald Trump warned Americans Saturday that a Democratic victory in the mid-term legislative elections on Tuesday would precipitate the rise of socialism in the United States and the arrival of hordes of criminals from Central America, his final campaign argument to save the Republican majority.
“They will impose socialism in Florida, welcome to Venezuela,” Donald Trump said Saturday night in Pensacola, Florida, at a rally in support of Republican candidates in the Senate and the governorship, Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis.
The Air Force One presidential plane was parked on the tarmac of the airport where the rally was taking place, as the Trump aircraft was in the background of its candidate meetings two years ago.
At every step, the billionaire Republican boasts the excellent employment figures and tax cuts adopted in December 2017, before embarking on an apocalyptic description of the migration policy of his opponents.
The Democrats, he said, want to “clear the borders” and smuggle “the clandestine ones before the American citizens”.
“The Democrats’ immigration program is to bring drug trafficking, human smuggling, and criminal cartels,” he also said in Montana.
For weeks, he has spoken in disturbing terms of the caravans of several thousand Central American migrants currently crossing Mexico to the United States, and against whom he has sent thousands of soldiers to the Mexican border. According to him, 300 of them are “very bad”. He said he had received information from Mexico about these migrants.
“The barbed wire can be a pretty thing when it is well laid,” said the 45th US president.
– Obama very much asked –
The first national election meeting since the 2016 election will determine who will control both houses of Congress until the next presidential election on November 3, 2020.
The Republican does not hold the suspense on his candidacy for this vote, joking about his next slogan (translatable by “Maintain the Greatness of America”), and ensuring that his debates against the future Democratic candidate will be “very easy “.
On the Democratic side, it is his predecessor Barack Obama who has donned the costume of the savior, after spending 22 months in a relative political reserve.
Eight years ago, Barack Obama was about to undergo a Republican tide at his own first mid-term elections: it was the “revolution” of the conservative trend of the Tea Party.
This year, the pensioner is in favor and is the most wanted figure of the Democratic Party, in the absence of a natural leader.
“I’m here for a simple reason: ask you to vote,” Barack Obama said Friday night in Atlanta, Georgia, to support the woman who could become Tuesday the first elected black governor of that southern state, Stacey Abrams .
“The consequences of abstention are profound because America is at a crossroads,” he said. “The values of our country are at stake”.
Barack Obama will be in meetings again on Sunday, as will Donald Trump.
– Advance votes –
Republicans are actively seeking support from Donald Trump, who remains the party’s most popular and popular personality, and assumes that the elections are a referendum on his person.
Scalded by the surprise of 2016, the American media are more cautious and avoid any definitive prediction from the polls that give an advantage to the Democrats for the lower house of Congress.
For the 435 seats in the House of Representatives, renewed for two years, the race focuses on sixty constituencies, the others being fairly solidly anchored in one party or the other.
As for the Senate, 35 seats out of 100 are at stake for six-year terms. Chance of the calendar, these states are for the most part in conservative regions, which complicates any democratic reconquest.
The elections seem to benefit this year from an unprecedented mobilization for an appointment that usually only generates a participation of 40 to 45%, against more than 60% in the presidential elections.
More than 32 million voters have already voted by mail or in person, according to Michael McDonald, a professor at the University of Florida. That’s 20% more than all the anticipated votes in the mid-term elections of 2014, according to him.