Final stretch to election day 2020 underway with President Trump’s West Salem stop

West Salem's La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway plays host to U.S. president for first time with thousands of supporters in attendance
Trump's visit to West Salem

WEST SALEM, Wis. (WKBT) – President Donald Trump’s visit to West Salem comes one week from election day. The abnormal October cold didn’t stop thousands from coming out and supporting the first sitting presidential visit to the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway.

“I wanted to start off with big hello Wisconsin,” Trump said as he took the stage Tuesday afternoon. “It’s great to be with you.”

Trump Visit to West Salem

Visits from presidents bring what can seem distant and create a memory of a lifetime for those who get to see it.

“It’s exciting,” said Mary Alice Graham, a Hixton resident.

In the back of the aisles of chairs in front of Trump’s platform, Steve and Mary Alice Graham got closer than they ever thought they would to a president they support.

“I am 72 years old and it’s the first rally I’ve ever been to,” Steve Graham said. “I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”

Trump Visit to West Salem

Once Trump took the stage he didn’t waste any time taking a shot at his challenger in this election.

“Sleepy Joe Biden, his plan is to raise your taxes at a level that our country has never raised taxes before,” Trump said.

The president spoke about law and order and the coronavirus telling the thousands in attendance the pandemic in the U.S. is getting better. Despite 57 COVID-19 deaths in Wisconsin in the past 24 hours (Tuesday).

Trump's visit to West Salem

“We’re on track to deliver 100 million doses of safe vaccine,” Trump said. “We’re rounding the curve, we’re rounding the corner.”

There are people who do not believe the virus is as deadly as the data shows.

“I don’t believe everything they say about it,” Mary Alice Graham said.

Officials with the Trump campaign say Tuesday’s event a person’s choice.

Trump's visit to West Salem

“When it comes to this, this is people’s First Amendment right to be able to come and hear their president in person,” said Erin Perrine, director of press communications with the Trump campaign. “We take health and safety very seriously here on the campaign. We do temperature checks of every individual. We hand out and encourage mask wearing as well.

It’s a choice Steve and Mary Alice are glad they made.

“Never imagined I’d be within 40 yards of the president,” Steve Graham said.

Trump is also their choice for another four years in the oval office.

“I don’t want the alternative,” Steve Graham said. “Rather go with the devil I know than the devil I don’t.”

La Crosse has seen visits from other presidents including Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Trump’s visit is the third time the Trump Campaign has visited La Crosse (this year). Vice President Mike Pence came twice in the last three months. Perrine said they’re campaign is confident that rally’s like Tuesday’s will help them win Wisconsin once again in 2020.