All about Trump, prez says

U.s. mid-term elec­tions will be ref­er­en­dum on pres­i­dency, The don­ald says ahead of vot­ing day

Simcoe Reformer - - CLASSIFIEDS - Jill Colvin and Zeke Miller

chat­tanooga, Tenn. — u.s. Pres­i­dent don­ald Trump im­plored his sup­port­ers to vote on Tues­day, say­ing the me­dia will treat the midterm re­sults as a ref­er­en­dum on his pres­i­dency.

“even though i’m not on the bal­lot, in a cer­tain way i am on the bal­lot,” Trump said dur­ing a tele-town hall or­ga­nized by his re-elec­tion cam­paign mon­day to en­cour­age repub­li­cans to get out and vote. “The press is very much con­sid­er­ing it a ref­er­en­dum on me and us as a move­ment.”

The com­ments came as Trump pre­pared for a fi­nal, three-state rally blitz as he tries to keep con­gress in repub­li­can con­trol and stave off losses that could pro­foundly change his pres­i­dency. Trump’s clos­ing ar­gu­ment has largely fo­cused on fear — warn­ing, with no ev­i­dence, that a demo­cratic takeover would throw the coun­try into chaos, spurring an in­flux of il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion and a wave of crime.

on mon­day, he made the case that if democrats win, they will work to roll back ev­ery­thing he has tried to ac­com­plish. “it’s all frag­ile,” he said on the call.

Trump will be hold­ing his fi­nal three get-out-the-vote ral­lies mon­day in ohio, in­di­ana and mis­souri — a day af­ter stops in Ten­nessee and Ge­or­gia, where the pres­i­dent’s clos­ing ar­gu­ment to vot­ers was on stark dis­play as he sought to mo­ti­vate com­pla­cent repub­li­cans to the polls by stok­ing fears about the prospects of demo­cratic con­trol.

“you want to see Ge­or­gia pros­per­ity end?” Trump told the rally crowd in ma­con, Ga., “vote for the demo­crat.” Trump’s re­marks in­cluded omi­nous ref­er­ences to the “an­tifa” far-left-lean­ing mil­i­tant groups and a mi­grant car­a­van march­ing to­ward the u.s.mex­ico border that he has called an “in­va­sion.”

ap­pear­ing be­fore thou­sands in an over­flow­ing air­craft han­gar in ma­con for repub­li­can gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date brian Kemp, Trump de­clared, “There’s elec­tric­ity in the air like i haven’t seen since ’16.”

“This is a very im­por­tant elec­tion,” he added. “i wouldn’t say it’s as im­por­tant as ’16, but it’s right up there.”

but Trump ear­lier in the day ap­peared to dis­tance him­self from the fate of House repub­li­can can­di­dates. speak­ing to re­porters as he left the White House en route to his ral­lies, Trump seemed to dampen ex­pec­ta­tions for his party in the House.

“i think we’re go­ing to do well in the House,” he said of Tues­day’s races. “but, as you know, my pri­mary fo­cus has been on the sen­ate, and i think we’re do­ing re­ally well in the sen­ate.”

The com­ments marked the stark­est in­di­ca­tion that Trump has grown less op­ti­mistic about the Gop’s chances of re­tain­ing con­trol of the House, where repub­li­cans face greater head­winds than in the sen­ate.

still, he told re­porters be­fore board­ing air force one that “tre­men­dous crowds” were al­ready await­ing him in both states. He said that en­thu­si­asm was off the charts, though polls have shown democrats to have an en­thu­si­asm edge.

in chat­tanooga, Tenn., to bol­ster the prospects of repub­li­can sen­ate can­di­date mar­sha black­burn, Trump once again warned that car­a­vans of im­mi­grants are on their way to flood across the south­ern border.

“That’s an in­va­sion. i don’t care what they say,” Trump said to cheers. He re­ceived sim­i­lar ap­plause when pro­mot­ing the econ­omy, un­em­ploy­ment num­bers and ju­di­cial ap­point­ments.

When black­burn took the stage briefly, she told sup­port­ers, “if you want to vote no to Hil­lary clin­ton and her cronies one more time, stand with me.” The crowd re­sponded with the chant, “Lock her up!”

Trump also pushed back on the idea that the elec­tion was a ref­er­en­dum on his pres­i­dency and that democrats re­claim­ing the House would be a re­buke of him and his poli­cies.

“No, i don’t view this as for my­self,” Trump said, be­fore mak­ing the case that his cam­paign­ing has “made a big dif­fer­ence” in a hand­ful of sen­ate races across the coun­try.

“i think i’ve made a dif­fer­ence of five or six or seven. That’s a big dif­fer­ence,” he said, cred­it­ing his ral­lies for the in­flu­ence.

in an in­ter­view with The as­so­ci­ated Press last month, Trump said he would not ac­cept blame for a GOP de­feat at the polls.

Trump has had a busy cam­paign sched­ule in the fi­nal stretch of the race, with 11 ral­lies over six days. in the fi­nal stretch Trump has brought out spe­cial guests to join him on the cam­paign trail. in Ge­or­gia he in­tro­duced for­mer univer­sity of Ge­or­gia foot­ball coach vince doo­ley to ad­dress the crowd of sup­port­ers.

coun­try singer Lee Green­wood per­formed Trump favourite “God bless the usa” in chat­tanooga and was ex­pected to ap­pear mon­day with the pres­i­dent in cape Gi­rardeau, mo. fox News per­son­al­ity sean Han­nity and con­ser­va­tive ra­dio host rush Lim­baugh will also be ap­pear­ing at the mis­souri rally, Trump’s re-elec­tion cam­paign an­nounced sun­day.

Ni­cholas KAMM/GETTY im­ages

U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ar­rives for a cam­paign rally in Chat­tanooga, Tenn., on Sun­day. Trump says that Tues­day’s mid-term elec­tions are im­por­tant, but not as im­por­tant as the 2016 elec­tion.

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