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Midterms 2018

Trump Takes Kavanaugh Victory Lap During Topeka MAGA Rally

President says Democrats have become 'an angry mob,' while Republicans are 'party of law and order and justice'

A jubilant President Donald Trump joined a packed house of supporters in Topeka’s Kansas Expo Center Saturday evening to celebrate the Senate’s 50-48 vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the newest associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

“This is a truly historic night. I stand before you on the heels of a tremendous victory for our nation, our people and our beloved constitution,” the president said in his opening remarks, noting that Kavanaugh had been sworn in and is now officially Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

“He will sit proudly alongside Justice Neil Gorsuch, who is doing a great job to uphold your sacred rights and defend your God-given freedom. I want to thank our great Republican senators for refusing to back down to the Democrats’ shameless campaign of personal destruction,” Trump said.

The commander-in-chief also noted that Gorsuch and Kavanaugh may be only his first two Supreme Court appointments.

“You will have other Supreme Court justices to file, could be three, or could be four, could be a lot,” Trump said. “If you allow the wrong people to get in office, they could change that and they could change it fast.”

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“But we’re not going to let that happen. You don’t hand matches to an arsonist, and you don’t hand power to an angry, left-wing mob. The Democrats have become too dangerous to govern. Republicans believe in the rule of law, not the rule of the mob.”

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has struggled with health problems in the past year but has said she wants to remain on the court for the near future.

Trump’s comment about the prospect of additional court appointments and the role of left-wing protesters in disrupting the Kavanaugh confirmation process recalled a comment posted earlier in the day by a LifeZette reader who observed, “Wait until Ginsberg health deteriorates, another nomination! You think you saw craziness …”

“You don’t hand matches to an arsonist, and you don’t hand power to an angry left-wing mob.”

As he has at all of his MAGA rallies this week, Trump launched barrage after barrage at Democrats, accusing them of putting their desire to be returned to power with congressional majorities ahead of the nation’s best interests.

“The Democrats are willing to cause such destruction in the pursuit of power — just imagine the devastation they would cause if they ever obtained the power they so desperately want and crave,” Trump said.

“In four weeks, each of you will have your chance to render your verdict on the Democrats at the ballot box. You will have a chance to stop the radical Democrats by electing a Republican House and Senate. We need more Republicans,” he said.

Trump’s Topeka appearance was his fourth Make America Great Again (MAGA) event in a week packed with similar gatherings in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Minnesota, aside from the tense, drama-packed countdown to Saturday’s Senate vote.

Trump lauded Kansas Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach, the Sunflower State’s current secretary of state and a key Trump ally on immigration and voter integrity issues.

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Kobach is in a close contest with Democrat Laura Kelly; Trump’s vigorous backing could make the difference in Kansas, which the president carried by 18 points in the 2016 election.

“I’m so glad America has a president who gets it and knows illegal means illegal,” Kobach said. He noted that “three of the four 9/11 terrorists who were in the country illegally and were stopped by local law enforcement prior to the attack for speeding violations, they were pilots.”

The 9/11 attacks could have been prevented had the police who made those stops known the three pilots were in the country illegally, Kobach said.

Also coming in for presidential praise was Republican congressional candidate Steve Watkins, who is running to succeed Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) in the state’s second congressional district.

Near the conclusion of his speech, Trump recalled a signature phrase from President Ronald Reagan, telling his Topeka supporters, “This is a time for choosing. This is your time for choosing … It’s not up to the media, it’s up to you to choose your fate.”

Reagan’s national political career was launched in a 1964 speech with a distinctly populist conservative theme that was titled “A Time for Choosing.”