President Trump is holding a campaign rally outside of Pittsburgh on Saturday night to boost Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone, who has been struggling to lock up a special election in a district Trump won by almost 20 points in the 2016 election. But the Democrats have generally gone along with the pretense of action, praising Trump's declaration of a 90-day "national emergency" even though it was backed by little new funding. While acknowledging that working-class voters supported Trump in 2016, he said this race was not about the president. I don't want to meet him.
Democrats must flip 24 GOP-held seats to claim a House majority.
Saccone, 60, is a state lawmaker with four decades in the public and private sector, including an Air Force career. He also avoids criticizing Trump.
But Saccone has been struggling to gain enthusiasm in Trump country. And if Pelosi were in charge of the House, Trump said, Lamb would simply "vote the party line".
At the rally, Trump also revealed what he said will be the replacement for "Make America Great Again" during a rally for a Republican congressional candidate in Pennsylvania where he lambasted several potential Democratic rivals, including Vermont Sen. Vice President Mike Pence, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Ivanka Trump campaigned in February.
The president criticized Democrats for blocking his long-promised border wall and attacked so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
"Words matter", he said on NBC's "Meet the Press", whose host, Chuck Todd, had been the subject of some of Trump's most virulent tongue-lashing, including being called a "sleeping son of a bitch".More news: Tomb Raider Original Trilogy Remasters Coming to Steam
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Voters like Yorke, who are registered Democrats and have supported Democrats in the past, gave Trump a victory by 20 points in the 18th District.
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This is not the first time Trump has made an appearance at Atlantic Aviation. "And if Lamb is able to win this race, it's partly gonna be because labor unions organized and turned their members out who voted overwhelmingly for him". "The scary thing for vulnerable House Republicans this year is that neither the National Republican Congressional Committee nor [aligned super PAC] seem to have any clue what to do about it", Tyler Law, spokesperson for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee told ABC News in an email.
Saccone told reporters Wednesday that the 18th District was "Trump country" and he hoped the president's visit Saturday would also help sway undecided special election voters who backed Trump in 2016. Murphy, an eight-term congressman, never had a close election and didn't even have a Democratic challenger in his last two elections.
"Democrats fielded a candidate who's willing to run as a watered-down version of a typical Republican", said one GOP operative familiar with the race, pointing to Lamb's support for gun rights.
Trump acknowledged Saturday that his idea might have dissenters. Trump added: "Rick will help me a lot".
Previewing a pitch he is likely to make for other Republican congressional candidates in the fall elections, Trump also touted tax cuts, good jobs numbers and the stock market, hailing what he called a "great American comeback". Trump said he got 52 percent of the women's vote, which is mostly true if you count only white women, which are apparently the only kind of women the president was focused on.