RICHMOND, Ky. (KT) – President Donald Trump urged his supporters to re-elect U.S. Rep. Andy Barr in the November midterm elections on Saturday at a raucous campaign rally and underscored the reason why.
“The election of Andy is a really important thing,” Trump told the crowd of 6,100 in Alumni Coliseum on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. “It could make the difference between unbelievable continued success and, frankly, failure where we fight for two more years with these people, these obstructionists.”
Barr is locked in a hotly contested battle with Democrat Amy McGrath in the 6th Congressional District and Democrats are focused on the House seat as they strive to regain control of the House.
The president hammered on Barr’s opponent, who he said is “an extreme liberal chosen by Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters and the radical Democratic mob.”
Trump wasn’t finished with his attack on McGrath yet.
“Amy supports a social takeover of your healthcare, she supports open borders, she needs the tax hikes to cover the through-the-roof garbage you want no part of,” he said. “She wants to decimate your now thriving coal industry.”
Barr said everything changed when Trump took office in 2016 as opposed to the previous eight years under Barrack Obama. “Under the president, my opponent voted for twice, you were forgotten,” he said. “Under President Donald J. Trump, you are remembered. And with Donald Trump and this Congress, Kentuckians have found hope.”
The president told supporters that more Republicans, including Barr, need to be sent to Congress in the midterm elections. The campaign rally at EKU, the first for a sitting President in Richmond, was one of several stops Trump is making ahead of the November election.
Speaking to an energized audience, the president spoke for nearly 75 minutes to a crowd that applauded and cheered his every statement.
Trump heaped praise on Sen. Mitch McConnell for his role in helping get Justice Brett Kavanaugh onto the Supreme Court bench. He called McConnell “Kentucky tough” and added, "There's nobody tougher. There's nobody smarter. He refused to cave to the radical Democrats' shameful campaign of personal and political destruction."
Trump said McConnell “stared down the angry left-wing mob” in backing Kavanaugh.
McConnell returned the compliment and told the president to “continue nominating judges and we’ll keep confirming them.”
McConnell said a record 84 federal judges have been confirmed in the last two years.
Trump spoke about his economic success in the past two years, mentioning the end of the war on coal and also noted, by name, Braidy Industries, the fledgling aluminum plant being built in northeastern Kentucky.
Trump praised Kentuckian politicians, recognizing “good friend” Sen. Rand Paul – even inviting him to the stage for brief comments – while also thanking Congressman Hal Rogers, Thomas Massie and Jamie Comer for their work with him. Trump mentioned Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers in his comments.
Barr said he got what he wanted from the rally, but "more importantly my constituents got what they wanted."
"It was a very warm reception for the President," Barr said afterward "It is a unique moment, to say the least. The President of the United States is up there on the stage calling your name and urging my constituents to continue to support our work in Congress. I'm humbled by that, it means a lot to me and I appreciate that. At the end of the day, what matters to me more, even the President's endorsement is the endorsement of the people of this district. I know I have to earn it, it's not my seat, it's their seat."
It's one he hopes to retain in less than a month.