Trump brings winners of Little League World Series back home to Louisiana on Air Force One as he holds rally to support the state’s Republican candidates for governor
- Trump held rally at Lake Charles Civic Center in Louisiana on Friday night
- Flew to the rally with winners of the 2019 Little League World Series
- Eastbank All-Stars, a team from suburban New Orleans, ‘hitched ride’ on AF1
President Donald Trump is holding his second rally in as many days, traveling to Louisiana to deliver remarks.
Trump’s spoke at a rally at the Lake Charles Civic Center on Friday to campaign for the Republican candidates for Louisiana governor, ahead of Saturday’s primary election.
He is expected to encourage his supporters to vote for either of the Republican candidates over Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards.
Candidates from both parties will appear together on Saturday’s ballot under Louisiana’s ‘jungle primary’ system.
Earlier on Friday, Trump met at the White House with the winners of the 2019 Little League World Series, who flew back to Louisiana with him aboard Air Force One.
Trump’s spoke in a rally at the Lake Charles Civic Center on Friday to campaign for the Republican candidates for Louisiana governor
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at Chennault International Airport ahead of a rally
Trump met with the Eastbank All-Stars, a team from suburban New Orleans, on Friday at the White House.
The players then met again with Trump at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, where they boarded the presidential plane together.
Trump’s message to voters in Lake Charles will be less precise than traditional get-out-the-vote events. He’ll seek to unite a squabbling Republican Party against the Deep South’s only Democratic governor, trying to keep John Bel Edwards from a primary win, while not telling voters which GOP contender to back in Saturday’s election.
‘I will be in Louisiana tonight (Love it!) to get Republicans to vote for either of our two great Republican Candidates and force a run off with John Bel Edwards,’ Trump said in one of several tweets about the Louisiana governor’s race.
Republican loyalties are split among two major candidates: Ralph Abraham, a third-term congressman and physician from rural northeast Louisiana, and Eddie Rispone, a businessman and longtime political donor from Baton Rouge who is making his first bid for office.
President Donald Trump boards Air Force One with the Little League World Series champions
Both Abraham and Rispone planned to attend Trump’s rally. Both claim long-term support from Trump, even as they quarrel over who backs the president more.
‘The president deeply cares about Louisiana. Louisiana loves President Trump. It is a match that is literally made in heaven,’ Abraham said.
The president is not endorsing either candidate to maximize chances that Edwards will fall below the 50 per cent vote threshold needed to avoid a runoff, according to a White House aide and a campaign aide, both of whom asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss strategy.
Trump plans to endorse whichever GOP candidate makes it to a runoff against Edwards, the aides said.
The president is coming off a fiery rally in Minneapolis on Thursday evening, where he unleashed attack after attack on his political enemies, including Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff. He also railed against the impeachment inquiry against him and insulted the hometown congresswoman, Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar.