“The Democrats are going to be raising your taxes,” said President Donald J. Trump on Sunday night during a raucous rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee, before an estimated crowd of 12,000. He was referencing the importance of electing Republicans in this 2018 midterm election as he stumped for Marsha Blackburn and other candidates in the Volunteer State, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence.
Aside from touting the latest job numbers announced on Friday — approximately 250,000 new jobs were added to the economy in October, bringing the total number of new jobs to 4.5 million since November 2016 — Trump said that “we are rebuilding America’s military might like it’s never been built before.”
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He hoped, of course, that “we’ll never have to use it … But the stronger we become, the less likely we’ll have to use it,” he said.
“Under Republican leadership, America is respected again. And America is winning again, because we are finally putting America first.”
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The president also touted the ultimately successful confirmation of the newest justice of the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, after a bitter and contentious process.
“And speaking of Justice Kavanaugh — a great man, a great intellect, a great scholar — long before [I became president],” he’d heard of the man’s reputation, Trump said.
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He talked about how he had invited him over to the White House for a conversation — and how he thought the nomination and confirmation process for Kavanaugh would be “a piece of cake.”
“And you know what, the Democrats, what they did to him —” said Trump, as the crowd began booing those on the Left.
“But you heard on Friday what happened. One of his accusers came out and said that she never met him … It was a total lie, rigged, rigged — it was a total lie … It was a fake story,” said Trump.
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“Totally fake story — false accusations. She made up the story. It was a lie,” said Trump.
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The president was referring to the news out on Friday that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chair of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, had referred to the Department of Justice and the FBI for criminal prosecution a Kentucky woman, Judy Munro-Leighton, for making “materially false statements” after she wrongly accused Justice Brett Kavanaugh of raping her.
In a detailed letter, Grassley referred to authorities after his office said she alleged that Kavanaugh and a friend had raped her in the backseat of a car. That’s a story that she now admits she made up out of whole cloth.
Trump added, “And now we have to find out about the others with their accusations … But this woman came out of nowhere, and she admitted it was a total lie … Suppose he withdrew [because of that]? … They tried to destroy him, and they knew what they were doing.”
Trump quickly segued to the migrant caravans, comprised of some 12,000 people now, reportedly, who continue to make their way northward toward the United States: “Democrats want to erase our borders … No nation can allow its borders to be overrun. And that’s an invasion, I don’t care what they say. I don’t care what the fake media say — that’s an invasion of our country.”
At that point, the crowd began a chant of “Build that wall, build that wall!”
“That’s why I am telling the caravans … Turn back now because you are not getting in. Turn back,” said Trump. “Now we are defending the borders of our country.”
Trump also said, “So very simply — if you want more crime, vote for the Democrats.”
But “vote Republican” if you want strong borders and a strong country, Trump also said.
He eventually called up Tennessee Senate candidate Rep. Marsha Blackburn to the podium — and urged the crowd to cast their ballots for her and other Republicans on Tuesday, November 6.
“She will be a tireless champion for Tennessee. Marsha is running against a far-Left liberal … Phil Bredesen, the hand-picked candidate of [Sen.] Chuck Schumer [of New York].”
A little later in the rally, Trump slammed the Democrats for their open-border policies — and referenced the drugs that come into this country through the southern borders.
“Last year alone, our brave ICE officers arrested more than 127,000 aliens with criminal records … Think of that — 127,000. ICE — they [the Democrats] want to fire them … They don’t like them. They’re dealing with tough customers,” said Trump. “The Democrats want to abolish ICE and turn America into a giant sanctuary city for gang members and MS-13 killers.”
“Republicans believe our country should be a sanctuary for law-abiding Americans, not criminal aliens,” said Trump.
He added that this midterm election is about safety and security.
Trump remains popular in Tennessee; the state voted for him in 2016. But the Tennessee battle between Democrat Bredesen, a former two-term governor, and Blackburn, who has served as a representative since 2003, has reportedly become the most expensive in the state’s history, according to Time magazine and others, with millions of dollars spent on ads, voter outreach and voter mobilization.
“The Democrats want to abolish ICE and turn America into a giant sanctuary city for gang members and MS-13 killers,” said Trump.
A survey out on Friday from East Tennessee State University found the two candidates in a dead heat, though Blackburn has the advantage by a few points.
Before Sunday night, Trump had made two previous visits to Tennessee for GOP candidates.
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Blackburn, during her brief time at the podium, said, “If you want to have somebody who will support more constitutional judges, and is going to be be there to support tax cuts, be there to build the wall, I ask you to stand with me.”
The crowd then chanted “Lock her up,” a reference to failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
“If you want to vote no on Hillary Clinton and her cronies one more time, stand with me,” Blackburn said. “Let’s win this election.”
The unhinged Left has respect for no one, including our nations war heroes. Utterly shameful that @nbcsnl is mocking Republican Congressional candidate and Navy Seal veteran @DanCrenshawTX for his sacrifice in the line of duty.https://t.co/D3Snni9BZC
— Marsha Blackburn (@VoteMarsha) November 4, 2018
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