Election 2020 updates: 'I think the mute is very unfair': Trump on debate mics
President Donald Trump spoke to a jam-packed crowd of supporters Wednesday evening during a campaign rally in Gastonia, North Carolina, pleading for them to get out and vote.
“So get your friends, get your family, get your neighbors, get your co-workers, get your boss -- rip him out of the seat. And get out and vote. Gotta get out and vote," he said.
Speaking for over an hour, the president made it clear that he needs the support of North Carolina to win the election in 13 days.
"With your help, your devotion, and your drive, we are going to keep on working, we are going to keep on fighting, and we are going to keep on winning, winning, winning," Trump said.
North Carolina is surging with COVID-19 cases and is among 31 states where cases are high and remaining high, according to an analysis of data from The COVID Tracking Project. But the president is still putting public pressure on Gov. Roy Cooper to open the state and once again claiming that Democrats are playing politics with the pandemic and will reopen if they win on Election Day.
“I love this state. You gotta get your governor to open up your state here," he said. "Got to get him to open up -- open up your state, governor. It’s time. It’s been long enough. Watch, Nov. 4, 'North Carolina, we are opening up.' Nov. 4. They are only doing this for political reasons.”
Trump is also still running with his viewpoint that cases are spiking because there is more testing being done in the U.S., however, test positivity numbers are also surging in many areas of the country.
“That’s all they put on because they want to scare the hell out of everyone," he said. "And you know, the more testing you have, the more cases. They say 'cases are up.' Yeah, testing is up. We have more testing than India, China and almost every other country put together. You could say it’s ridiculous. At the same time, we did a good job.”
In an odd moment, he also downplayed the severity of son Barron Trump’s diagnosis with coronavirus, saying he recovered “12 seconds later.”
“In fact, you know, Barron had it," he said. "Like about 12 seconds later, 'How's he doing?' 'Oh, he’s recovered.'"
The president also referenced his predecessor’s return to the campaign trail today, ridiculing him for his delayed endorsement of Joe Biden during the Democratic primary.
“You know, [Barack] Obama is now campaigning," he said, drawing boos for the 44th president. "Even though he refused to support Biden. I mean ... even after Biden sort of semi-won -- he semi-won -- he wouldn’t do it. He just -- it took forever but now he’s campaigning for him."
-ABC News' Elizabeth Thomas