President Donald Trump urges SC to 'get off their' seats to vote for 'fighter' Henry McMaster Tuesday
WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - President Trump had a delayed landing in West Columbia on Tuesday due to storms in the area.
But once he got to Airport High School he wasted no time not only giving his expected full support to South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster but launching into his typical campaign-style speech departing from the nearby Teleprompter.
South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford, one of President Trump's most vocal critics who was defeated earlier this month by Katie Arrington, was the subject of the president's ire. However, Trump started his rally with prayers for Arrington, the GOP Congressional candidate who was severely injured in an accident over the weekend in Charleston County.
"Katie is a very special person. She was out there from the very beginning," Trump said."And here's the good news, she's going to be one hundred percent. That's the good news. She's going to be one hundred percent."
"Never liked him [Sanford] too much. I wasn't a big fan. The Tallahassee Trail must be a beautiful place. Unfortunately, he didn't go there," Trump said in reference to the 2009 scandal regarding Sanford's extramarital affair while he was the governor.
He also touted his economic achievements with tax cuts while also spending time talking about trade policies in the measures that he's taking to create what he says is a fair trade.
"Companies are pouring in, your jobs are way up, your numbers are through the roof," Trump said. "You're a real leader all over the country. They're looking at South Carolina. Your governor is a man named Henry McMaster. You're doing unbelievable numbers."
More than 1,000 people attended the rally, according to the Associated Press.
President Trump also spent a good deal type of time talking about illegal immigration - in which the crowd chanted "build the wall," saying all Democrats want is open borders.
The last-minute rally is designed to get Gov. Henry McMaster over the top in his gubernatorial primary. McMaster clearly appreciated the gesture as many of the president's supporters brandished McMaster signs at the rally. The hope from his campaign is many of them will turn out to the polls Tuesday.
The president explaining why he's invested in this race:
"But Henry was there at the beginning: he's a fighter, he's tough, he's strong but he's a gentleman. The thing with Henry [is] because I really got to know him, he was up early in the morning, and up late at night I said 'you really are a fighter' the beautiful thing with Henry is you don't even know he does it in a very elegant manner, but he is a fighter," the president said. "And you know that if a horrible thing happened and we weren't lucky enough to have Henry win, you know they won't talk about that. They'll say Donald Trump suffered a major major defeat in the great state of South Carolina, it was a humiliating defeat for Donald Trump. So please, get your [expletive] out tomorrow and vote!"
In addition to trade and immigration, President Trump attacked the "fake news media" and a number of late-night talk show hosts, including South Carolina native and "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert, calling him a lowlife. He also mocked "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon in his takedown of the media.
Finally, he was critical of Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, saying the Korean War hero and longtime politician who is currently battling brain cancer is "grandstanding."
The crowd was there for the president, beginning hours before his delayed arrival. A number of rally-goers, including a number of young Trump supporters, spoke about their experience.
"Wow. that's really all I got to say is wow."
"Everything that he said he seems to know everything about the statistics at the numbers and the policies."
"It was an exciting rally and it was exciting to see the energy."
"I'll never forget this moment in my life."
The president spoke for nearly an hour before returning back to Washington, DC on Air Force One.
Gov. Henry McMaster faces GOP competitor John Warren in a primary election runoff on Tuesday for a shot at the November gubernatorial general election against Democrat candidate James Smith.
Warren spoke Saturday before Vice President Mike Pence held a rally at Coastal Carolina University. He used the opportunity to offer a contrast between himself and McMaster, who he referred to as a "pay-to-play politician."
"Henry would like this election to be about anything other than his record of failed leadership and lost elections," Warren said.
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