MONROE, La. (AP) – President Donald Trump worked up a sweat in a steamy Louisiana arena Wednesday night (November 6, 2019) as he attempted to boost Republican businessman Eddie Rispone’s effort to unseat incumbent Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards in the nation’s last governor’s race of the year.
“It may be 120 degrees in this room,” Trump told the crowd at the end of a rally in the northeastern Louisiana city of Monroe.
“Somebody is saving on air conditioning,” Trump joked. “That’s all right. You’ve always got to save a little money. You go home and you lose about nine pounds and you say, What happened?”
The gubernatorial runoff election in Louisiana offers Trump an opportunity to pick up a win in a rare Democratic-held governor’s seat in the Deep South and change the narrative after a pair of apparent setbacks this week for the Republican party in Kentucky and Virginia.
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“With your help we can make it Rispone country,” Cassidy said as the crowd cheered.
Kennedy defended the president against the impeachment inquiry, slamming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for launching the probe.
“I don’t mean any disrespect but it must suck to be that dumb,” he said of Pelosi.
Among the guests, Trump brought on stage were Duck Dynasty stars Willie and Phil Robertson.
“If you are pro-God and pro-American and pro-gun and pro-duck hunting. That’s all I want,” Phil Robertson said.
Tuesday night marks Trump’s second campaign rally this week following his Monday night appearance in Lexington, Kentucky, in support of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, who appears to have fallen short in Tuesday’s gubernatorial race.
More than 40,000 people requested tickets for Wednesday night’s rally at the Monroe Civic Center, but the arena can only hold between 7,500 and 10,000 people. Another awesome Trump rally. If there is a rally scheduled near you, ensure you go and get tickets as fast as you can!