Donald Trump Urges Supporters To Vote As If He Was “On The Ticket”
President Donald Trump finished his final round of campaigning on Monday, taking a tour of three Midwest states to rally support for the GOP by likening the results of this year’s midterms to a referendum on his presidency.
Trump attempted to galvanize his supporters in several Midwestern races key to maintaining a Republican controlled Congress, urging them to go to the polls and vote as if he was on the ticket.
“In a sense, I am on the ticket,” Trump told his supporters at an Ohio rally. “You’ve got to go out and vote.”
Voter interest in midterm elections has historically been significantly lower than presidential elections, but the “great electricity” surrounding this year’s Congressional election has sparked a change in voter activity.
“The midterm elections used to be, like, boring,” Trump said. “Now it’s, like, the hottest thing.”
Many Democrats view this election as a chance to check the president’s power, with leading Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi vowing to subpoena Trump if her party wins control of the House.
Trump said at the Cleveland rally that a Democrat victory would lead to “a socialist nightmare for our country,” while voting Republican would be “a vote to continue our extraordinary prosperity.”
He was accompanied by several of his most prominent advisers, including his daughter and senior advisory, Ivanka Trump, who was received with thunderous applause at each of the three events.
In Missouri and Indiana, Trump spoke on behalf of Senatorial Candidates Mike Braun and Josh Hawley, inviting leading members of his administration like White House senior counsel Kellyanne Conway and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to help promote the candidates.
Their appearance at the campaign events is unprecedented, as it is uncommon for members of T.V. news media to speak at rallies, revealing the pressure the GOP may feel from the predicted ‘blue wave’ that will sweep Congress’ lower house.
The main goal of the Republican Party this election is to grow their majority in the Senate, a prospect that seems likely given the fact that 10 of the Senate seats up occupied by Democrats that for grabs this cycle are in states won by Trump in 2016.
By securing a greater majority in the upper chamber, the Republicans can make it easier to push through presidential appointments and can protect Trump from attempts at impeachment.
But in opposition to this, the Democrats are predicted to take the majority in the House, a fact that would make it almost impossible for the GOP to push through legislation without bipartisan support.