COLUMBIA, Mo. — Speaking to fired-up crowd domed in red ‘MAGA’ hats and American flag apparel, the United State’s commander-in-chief urged supporters to show up at the ballot box on Tuesday and vote for Republican.
“A Republican Congress means more jobs and less crime. A Democrat Congress means less jobs and more crime,” said President Donald Trump.
Trump travelled to the Show-Me State on Thursday evening to rally support for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley. The current-Missouri Attorney General is in a head-to-head battle with incumbent-U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, who has represented Missouri for two terms to date.
Throughout her campaign for re-election, McCaskill has worked to cast herself as a “moderate Democrat” and distancing herself from the far-left of her party.
But in her own backyard in Columbia, Trump referred to McCaskill as a “far-left Democrat” who votes against him. He explicitly tied McCaskill to her party — a party that Trump said has “gone crazy.”
“[Democrats] have gone totally loco,” said Trump. “The Democrats are the party of rigid ideology and total conformity.”
Trump hammered the Democrats on immigration policies — open borders, chain immigration, and birthright citizenship; tax reform — voting against the 2017 tax cuts; judicial nominees — voting against his “pro-constitution” judges; and attempting to thaw his agenda.
At the same time, he touted low unemployment figures, an increase in jobs, scaling back regulations, and putting conservative judges in the courts.
Hawley is a “rising star,” according to Trump. He noted that Hawley “is going to be something special.”
After being called onto stage by Trump, Hawley made a three-minute speech where he blasted his opponent as “out-of-touch.”
Hawley compared McCaskill to Hillary Clinton, Trump’s 2016 presidential opponent. Trump won Missouri by nearly 20 percentage points and McCaskill backed Clinton.
“What she doesn’t understand is that Donald Trump is president because of Missourians,” said Hawley.
Before the arrival of Trump, Gov. Mike Parson referred to Hawley as the “rising son of Missouri;” Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler hammered on McCaskill’s voting record; Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer said that Hawley will “represent the entire state;” and U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt called Hawley a “great representative.”
Trump will be in Missouri again on Monday for his final campaign stop of the midterm elections, this time at the Show-Me Center in Cape Girardeau.
“In just five days the people of Missouri are going to retire far-left Democrat Claire McCaskill,” Trump said.
Alisha Shurr was a reporter for The Missouri Times and The Missouri Times Magazine. She joined The Missouri Times in January 2018 after working as a copy editor for her hometown newspaper in Southern Oregon. Alisha is a graduate of Kansas State University.