Trump Car Parade in Arizona Stretches For 30 Miles As President Visits Battleground State

Supporters of President Donald Trump gathered in their thousands in the key battleground state of Arizona over the weekend to stage an eye-catching rally backing his bid for re-election.

Saturday's event saw fans of the president take to their vehicles and gather along the Interstate 17 freeway, forming a caravan which stretched for some 30 miles, local news organization Fox 10 Phoenix reported.

Footage of the rally posted on social media appeared to show cars decorated with U.S. flags and pro-Trump signs.

Other messages on display reportedly expressed support for U.S. law enforcement officers, who have repeatedly won the backing of Trump amid recent unrest and widespread protest in cities across the country that were initially sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.

Speaking to local television station KPHO-TV, event organizer Theresa Montoy said: "It's overwhelming and profound to see the support and the compassion and love for this president."

"This has taken a life of its own," Montoya added. "We have a common goal and that's to get the president elected for four more years."

Local Republican Representative Debbie Lesko meanwhile shared footage of the event on Twitter, suggesting the demonstration showed Arizona was "ready to reelect" Trump in November.

"Today, I was driving on I-17 in Phoenix and I came across an AWESOME caravan parade for President@realdonaldtrump," she wrote.

"Arizona loves Trump and we're ready to reelect him in November! #FOURMOREYEARS."

Today, I was driving on I-17 in Phoenix and I came across an AWESOME caravan parade for President @realdonaldtrump! Arizona loves Trump and we're ready to reelect him in November! #FOURMOREYEARS

— Debbie Lesko (@DebbieLesko) October 17, 2020

Saturday's rally came just days ahead of a planned visit by Trump to Arizona, which most recent opinion polling has suggested the president's Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, is on course to carry in the upcoming November 3 election.

Trump's trip will see the 74-year-old stage rallies in Prescott and Tucson on Monday as he seeks to replicate his 2016 success in the state.

Addressing supporters at rallies over the weekend, the president accused Biden's family of being a "criminal enterprise" and "corrupt", echoing attacks he levelled at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during his election campaign four years ago.

Speaking on Sunday at a "Make America Great Again" rally in Carson City, Nevada, Trump drew comparisons between his current and former opponent, suggesting alleged wrongdoing involving Biden and his son, Hunter, dwarfed Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state.

"The Biden's make crooked Hillary Clinton look like an absolute amateur, and she's pretty bad," he said.

Biden, for his part, told supporters at a drive-in rally in Durham, North Carolina, on Sunday to cast their ballots as soon as possible.

"We gotta keep the incredible momentum going; we can't let up," Biden said, adding: "Don't wait—go vote today."

More than 27 million voters have already cast ballots in person or by mail ahead of next month's presidential poll, according to the U.S. Elections Project at the University of Florida.

The record-high figure is largely the result of widespread concern about crowding at polling sites on Election Day amid the ongoing, deadly coronavirus pandemic.