President Trump holds a 2020 campaign rally amid controversy over his canceled plan to meet with the Taliban over Afghanistan peace talks.
President Trump took the stage here in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District on Monday ahead of a special election to throw his support behind Republican candidates Dan Bishop and Greg Murphy, who's running in the state's 3rd District.
Bishop will face Democrat Dan McCready on Tuesday in the high-profile special election, which was ordered after widespread absentee ballot fraud was discovered in the 2018 election. The race has become a test case for national Democratic and Republican observers looking for clues to guide their messaging in 2020 campaigns.
"A vote for any Democrat in 2020, and a vote for any Democrat tomorrow is a vote for the rise of radical socialism and the destruction of the American dream," Mr. Trump told the crowd. "Our first task is a giant victory tomorrow right here in the great state of North Carolina."
Trying to prove his political clout by pushing a Republican to victory in a special election, President Donald Trump used a North Carolina rally to paint a bleak picture of a nation he claimed would be overrun with crime, poverty and immigrants if Democrats seize power in Washington.
Trump, appearing Monday at his first campaign rally in nearly a month, went on the offensive in an effort to change a series of late-summer negative headlines over his slipping poll numbers, warning signs of an economic slowdown and a running battle over hurricane forecasts. He urged the Fayetteville crowd to vote for Republican Dan Bishop on Tuesday, brandishing his usual incendiary rhetoric to declare from the stage that “tomorrow is a chance to send a clear message to the America-hating left.”
Should Bishop defeat Democrat Dan McCready, it could give Trump room to assert that he pulled Bishop over the top. If McCready prevails or Bishop wins by a whisker, it will suggest GOP erosion and raise questions about Trump’s and his party’s viability for 2020.
Shortly after Trump’s rally, McCready launched a late fund-raising appeal, saying Trump and his allies “scheduled this rally to rile up support for my opponent and increase Republican turnout....The GOP is terrified of losing this race.”
US President Donald Trump made an ambitious pitch to Hispanic voters on Monday night in New Mexico, a state he lost to Democrats by 8 points in the 2016 presidential election.
"We're here, because we really think we're going to turn this state and make it a Republican state," Trump told supporters at the rally in Rio Rancho.
He went on to boast of low levels of Hispanic unemployment under his administration, praised Hispanic Heritage Month, and claimed that Hispanic Americans supported his pledge to build a wall on the southern US border as a way of stemming illegal immigration.
"They don't want criminals coming across the border," he said. "They don't want people taking their jobs. They want to have that security. And they want the wall. They want the wall."
Throughout the speech Trump launched into an ad-libbed dialogue with Steve Cortes, a CNN commentator and longtime supporter who is a member of Trump's Hispanic advisory committee and was in the crowd.
"He happens to be Hispanic, but I've never quite figured it out because he looks more like a WASP than I do," Trump said.