In Mich., Trump urges vot­ers to sup­port GOP for Congress

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS - By Kevin Frek­ing

WASH­ING­TON TOWNSHIP, MICH. » Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, who ditched the an­nual White House Cor­re­spon­dents’ Din­ner for a cam­paign-style rally in Michi­gan, urged vot­ers to sup­port Re­pub­li­cans for Congress and re­peat­edly cited Sen. Deb­bie Stabenow as one of the Democrats who needed to be voted out of of­fice.

Trump took aim at fa­mil­iar po­lit­i­cal tar­gets and added a few fresh ones Sat­ur­day night at the rally in Wash­ing­ton Township.

“Deb­bie Stabenow is one of the lead­ers for weak bor­ders and let­ting peo­ple in. I don’t know how she gets away with it,” Trump said. “A vote for a Demo­crat in Novem­ber is a vote for open bor­ders and crime. It’s very sim­ple. It’s also a vote for much higher taxes.”

Stabenow, who is run­ning for re-elec­tion to her fourth term, fired back Sun­day that vot­ers are sick of the par­ti­san­ship.

“Michi­gan fam­i­lies are tired of po­lit­i­cal at­tacks,” said her spokes­woman, Mi­randa Mar­gowsky. “In­stead they want re­sults, and that’s ex­actly what Sen­a­tor Stabenow has done.”

In Michi­gan, Trump also directed his ire at an­other Demo­cratic sen­a­tor, Jon Tester of Mon­tana, over his role in the failed nom­i­na­tion of White House doc­tor Ronny Jack­son to run the Department of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs. Tester, too, faces a com­pet­i­tive re-elec­tion race this year.

“I know things about Tester that I could say, too. And if I said ‘em, he’d never be elected again,” Trump said with­out elab­o­rat­ing.

Tester, the top Demo­crat on the Se­nate Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Com­mit­tee, had his staff com­pile a list of al­le­ga­tions against Jack­son based on in­ter­views with more than 20 mil­i­tary per­son­nel, and they re­leased it with the sup­port of the Repub­li­can com­mit­tee chair­man.

Jack­son was a sur­prise pick by Trump for VA sec­re­tary. The White House was crit­i­cized for skip­ping cru­cial vet­ting of nom­i­nees and let­ting law­mak­ers to clean up the mess.

As he has at sim­i­lar events, Trump pro­moted top agenda items that en­er­gize con­ser­va­tives: ap­point­ing con­ser­va­tive judges, build­ing a wall on the U.S.Mex­ico bor­der, end­ing sanc­tu­ary cities and pro­tect­ing tax cuts ap­proved by the Repub­li­can-led Congress. He also took credit for the warm­ing re­la­tions between North and South Korea, telling his au­di­ence, “We’ll see how it goes.”

“Great evening last night,” the pres­i­dent tweeted early Sun­day. “The en­thu­si­asm, knowl­edge and love in that room was un­real. To the many thou­sands of peo­ple who couldn’t get in, I cher­ish you ... and will be back!”

Trump chose a friendly venue for his rally, which not co­in­ci­den­tally came the same night as the an­nual White House Cor­re­spon­dents’ Din­ner. He skipped the din­ner last year.

“While Wash­ing­ton, Michi­gan, was a big suc­cess, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., just didn’t work. Ev­ery­one is talk­ing about the fact that the White House Cor­re­spon­dents Din­ner was a very big, bor­ing bust...the so-called co­me­dian re­ally ‘bombed,’” Trump tweeted.

That barb was directed at Michelle Wolf, who pro­vided the af­ter-din­ner en­ter­tain­ment for the White House press corps and their guests, and whose per­for­mance was sur­pris­ingly racy. Af­ter one crass joke drew groans from the au­di­ence, Wolf laughed and said, “Yeah, shoulda done more re­search be­fore you got me to do this.”

PAUL SANCYA — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump waves af­ter a cam­paign Sat­ur­day. rally in Wash­ing­ton Township, Mich.,

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