Ivanka Trump in Hilbert: President’s daughter visits supporters

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HILBERT — Ivanka Trump spent her Tuesday morning in the Fox Cities, touring Team Industries in Kaukauna before addressing a group of supporters at Brindlewood Barn in Hilbert. 

President Donald Trump’s daughter arrived in Wisconsin Monday and ate at Rye Restaurant in downtown Appleton Monday night, according to a photo she posted to Twitter, which shows Ivanka Trump sitting with a group at a table. The restaurant is attached to the CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel.

Trump stopped at the pipe manufacturing facility for a tour Tuesday morning, speaking with employees about their work at the company. Then, around 10 a.m., she arrived at the barn, a rustic wedding and event venue in rural Calumet County, where she spoke to a group of less than 100 people, most of them wearing face masks. 

The president and his children, along with Vice President Mike Pence, have been storming the state leading up to Election Day, making multiple stops in the last several months, holding in-person rallies and events despite coronavirus pandemic restrictions. 

Ivanka Trump’s visit followed on the heels of her brother Eric Trump, who came to Menomonee Falls Monday. Pence also stopped in Wisconsin today, visiting Waukesha for an event at a manufacturing company.

President Trump on Saturday is scheduled to visit Janesville for a fundraiser, two weeks after planned rallies there and in Green Bay were canceled when the president tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 1. 

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At Brindlewood Barn, Ivanka Trump spoke for around an hour about her father’s presidency and reelection campaign, touching on topics ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic to the economy to education to the military.  

Trump said she sympathized with the millions of families worldwide who have dealt with the anxiety and fear of having a loved one test positive for COVID-19, following her own father’s diagnosis earlier this month.

“It was a very scary situation, personally, as a daughter, seeing your father taken to Walter Reed hospital just a little over a week ago,” Trump said. “It was very difficult.”

President Trump is doing well now, his daughter said, and is back on the campaign trail. He held a rally near Orlando, Florida, Monday night. 

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Ivanka Trump speaks during a “Conversation with Ivanka Trump” campaign stop on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 at Brindlewood Barn in Hilbert. (Photo: Wm. Glasheen USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

Ivanka Trump said a COVID-19 vaccine will be delivered before the end of the year. Her father took a “business approach” to his pandemic response, something other politicians would not do, she said. 

President Trump’s decision to pre-purchase all the viable COVID-19 vaccine candidates will ensure that Americans “will be first in line” to get the vaccine, she said. 

Trump touted the president’s criminal justice reform efforts and, when addressing issues of police brutality and racial injustice, said, “There is a false narrative that’s brewing that it’s a false choice between safe communities and supporting our men and women in blue and also advancing the interests of the African American community across the nation.”

She also praised her father’s work in repealing the North American Free Trade Agreement, replacing it with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Touching on the economy, Trump said her father needs four more years in office to get the country back to where it was before the coronavirus pandemic hit, a sentiment met with cheers and applause from the crowd. 

“I look at my father and I say there’s nobody who could have loved America more four years ago,” Trump said. “But four years later, he does love it more and he loves his people more and he’s more determined than ever to … ensure that the great American comeback happens.”

In 2016, Wisconsin was the “tipping point” state, catapulting Trump to victory over Hillary Clinton. 

Trump won Wisconsin with about 27,000 more votes than Clinton in 2016, securing enough votes in the Electoral College to win the election. Now, Trump is trailing Democrat Joe Biden by 5 points in the state, according to the latest Marquette Law School poll, released Wednesday.

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Contact Natalie Brophy at (715) 216-5452 or nbrophy@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter @brophy_natalie

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