Trump Tells Hoosiers He Needs Republican Mike Braun in the Senate

President said voting for 'Sleepy Joe [Donnelly] is a vote for Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and, who else, Maxine Waters'

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A standing room-only crowd of more than 12,000 Hoosiers filled the Ford Center in downtown Evansville, Indiana, Thursday night, joined by another 2,000 watching on big screens outside the arena, as President Donald Trump ripped into his favorite villains and heartily lauded Republican Senate aspirant Mike Braun.

“I want to bring a person up to the stage who has really done an incredible job,” Trump told the raucous crowd, which repeatedly broke out in “USA” chants, clapped and cheered for more than hour. “He’s been a very successful businessman, which is really what our country needs. A lot of this is business, and it’s common sense.”

Trump also commended Braun for overcoming a tough primary election. Braun has made his background as a successful businessman a major focus of his campaign against incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.).

Braun is founder and president of Meyer Distributing and owner of Meyer Logistics. Meyer Distributing engages in the marketing and distribution of automotive specialty products, while Meyer Logistics is a warehouse and distribution service.

“He’s a special man, and he’s and he’s going to be a truly great senator,” Trump said. Trump carried Indiana by 19 points in 2016, so Donnelly is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbent Democrats in the 2018 mid-term election.

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Trump urged rally attends to not vote for Donnelly because he need the votes to continue his agenda. He warned that Donnelly would vote with Democratic leaders like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).

“What we’ve done, all together, because this is one of the great revolutions, you can call it a revolution if you’d like, that has ever taken place in our country,” Trump said. “And we want to keep it going. A vote for Mike’s opponent, Sleepy Joe, is a vote for Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and, who else, Maxine Waters.”

Trump also pointed to an article by The Indianapolis Star, which cited a study that called Donnelly the least effective Democrat in the U.S. Senate. The Center for Effective Lawmaking found Donnelly introduced only two bills in Congress in 2015 and 2016 that received some kind of action in committee, fewest among his Senate Democratic colleagues.

“Joe Donnelly voted no on tax cuts, he voted no on Obamacare,” Trump said. “We would have had Obamacare done if he only just raised his hand on repeal and replace. He voted no on repeal and replace of Obamacare. But we did get rid of the individual mandate, and we brought it down and it’s going, it’s leaving really fast.”

Braun took the stage briefly and promised that he won’t go to Washington, D.C., for the extremely generous, tax-funded pay, perks and pensions lawmakers receive, but rather to support Trump and help America.

“When I watched this man clear the field back in 2016, when they said it could never be done, and there was not one person on that stage who could have beaten Hillary Clinton,” Braun said of Trump. “And the other thing you need to know is politicians too often say something, and they never follow up on it. This man makes promises and keeps them.”

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Trump relished, as he so often does, talking about his record, especially the expanding economy, job growth, decreasing food stamp rolls, and record high employment among blacks and Hispanics.

And the chief executive talked a lot about his record on trade negotiations.

“So we made a great deal with Mexico, and as you know Canada didn’t want to do what we have to have done,” Trump said. “And after a deal was made with Mexico, Canada came along and they are negotiating right now at the White House, in our territory. And it could happen, we’ll see what happens.”

Trump denounced that his 2016 Democratic presidential rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is not being investigated by the Department of Justice, and warned that he may soon intervene in the situation.

“Our Justice Department and FBI, at the top of each because inside they have incredible people, but our Justice Department and our FBI have to start doing their job and doing it right and doing it now,” Trump said.

“Because people are angry, people are angry. What is happening is a disgrace. And at some point, I wanted to stay out, but at some point, if it doesn’t straighten out properly, I want them to do their job, I will get involved and I will get in there if I have to,” he said.

Trump noted that the second-quarter economic growth rate, as measured by the gross domestic product, was revised up this week from 4.1 percent to 4.2 percent, a number many economists on the Left previously predicted was unlikely to ever again be reached.

He said youth unemployment is at a 50-year low and that more former prisoners are starting to get job opportunities. He jokingly apologized to women for only bringing their unemployment rate to a 65-year low, while promising to get it down more.

Trump cited his efforts to lower regulations and taxes as the driving force behind the improving economy. He also pointed to his efforts toward bringing drug prices down and passing laws to hold the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs accountable.

The Braun-Donnelly race is also very close, with ScottRasmussen.com putting it at a toss-up, with 52 percent turnout in favor of Democrats. The Cook Political Report also has the race as a toss-up.

Meyer Distributing engages in the marketing and distribution of automotive specialty products, while Meyer Logistics is a warehouse and distribution service.

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