With a crowd just under the capacity of the CenturyLink Center, President Donald J. Trump hosted a raucous, enthusiastic political rally in support of a fellow Republican in a heated Louisiana governor’s race.
Trump supporters got just what they came to see: a blistering speech by the president, filled with biting attacks on liberals and a generous serving of humor.
The rally was held as a show of the president’s endorsement of Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone.
While the president mentioned Rispone and the Louisiana election early in his speech — urging the crowd to vote Governor John Bel Edwards out — most of his speech was about the current impeachment effort against him.
Trump thrilled the crowd with his rambling, often apparently off-the-cuff comments, railing against Democrats, ‘corrupt politicians,’ who have taken away due process in the impeachment process.
“According to the poll numbers, Americans aren’t buying it,” the president said. “It has been very hard on my family.” But Republicans are sticking together and surveys show broad support for the president, he said.
“Democrats are trying to overthrow the last election because they know they’re not going to win the next election,” Trump added. “Washington has declared war on your values. On Saturday, you need to fire your far-left governor. You have the chance to elect a true Louisiana champion, Eddie Rispone.”
The evening began with a prayer by First Church pastor Brad Jurkovich. Also taking the podium early in the evening were Jane Smith of the Republican Women of Bossier City; Robert Mills, Republican candidate for Louisiana Senate District 36; Louisiana Treasurer John Schroder and Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin.