Wednesday 18th September 2019

Trump Focuses On Immigration At Indiana Rally, Calls Out “Barack H. Obama”

- November 3, 2018

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence joined forces at a rally in Indianapolis, Indiana, Friday evening, the first of two rallies Mr. Trump will attend in the battleground state before Election Day. Mr. Trump’s Indianapolis rally was similar to his rally earlier in West Virginia, although he did not bring up his earlier theory that Republicans might lose the House of Representatives.

The campaign appearance supporting Indiana Republican candidates, particularly Senate candidate Mike Braun. Pence, the former governor of Indiana, has also been making a series of campaign appearances in recent days on behalf of Republican candidates around the country.

The president has largely focused on illegal immigration in the days before the election, a topic which could motivate Mr. Trump’s base to turn out and vote in the midterms even though he is not on the ballot. This rally included familiar rhetoric about immigration, and particularly a migrant caravan en route to the U.S. from Central America that is weeks away from arriving at the border.

“A blue wave will equal a crime wave, and a red wave will equal law and safety,” Mr. Trump said. Addressing a perceived weak spot of his — Mr. Trump’s approval among women — he said that border security was a women’s issue, because “they want security.” He also repeated the untrue claim that he won women in 2016. In fact, he won white women, but women overall voted for Hillary Clinton.

At one point, Mr. Trump brought famed and beloved former head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers. He briefly led the crowd in a chant of “Go get ’em, Donald!”

Pence spoke before Mr. Trump, as sort of a warm-up act for the president, amping up the crowd by discussing administration accomplishments.

“I’m here today because I stand with President Trump,” Pence said. “We’re here because President Trump and I stand shoulder to shoulder with the next great senator of Indiana, Mike Braun.” He added that “the time has come to vote ‘no’ on Joe,” referring to Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly.

Mr. Trump also attacked Donnelly, resurrecting a moniker he had given the senator in earlier rallies: “Sleepin’ Joe.” “It’s no surprise Joe Donnelly is holding a rally this weekend with Barack H. Obama,” Mr. Trump said, writing out with his fingers Mr. Obama’s middle initial, which stands for “Hussein.” Mr. Trump was the chief promoter of the birther conspiracy theory, which posited that Mr. Obama was not born in the United States.

Mr. Trump has escalated his campaign appearances and his incendiary rhetoric in the days leading to the midterms, rallying in states which he won in 2016. At a rally in Missouri on Thursday, Mr. Trump said that the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre suspect and the man accused of sending bombs in the mail to prominent Democratic figures managed to slow the political momentum of Republicans before the midterm elections.

“We did have two maniacs stop a momentum that was incredible, because for seven days nobody talked about the elections,” he said. “It stopped a tremendous momentum.” He added, “More importantly, we have to take care of our people, and we don’t care about momentum when it comes to a disgrace like just happened to our country.”

Mr. Trump also pushed his proposal to end birthright citizenship, which is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. Mr. Trump called birthright citizenship a “crazy, lunatic policy” and vowed to end it, although it’s unclear if that’s possible.

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