A day after the first impeachment hearing, President Donald Trump returned Louisiana on Thursday, Nov. 14, to oust the state’s Democratic governor. Thousands of supporters lined up for his campaign rally in Shreveport.
— Dan Scavino (@DanScavino) November 15, 2019
When President Trump was at the Monroe Civic Center last week, up to 40,000 people tried to get tickets for the venue that held only 10,000. Some who couldn’t get inside were able to watch the rally live on a big screen outside, according to Texarkana Gazette.
With the second rally in Louisiana within a week, President Trump is looking to support Republican nominee Eddie Rispone in the state’s runoff election.
President Trump tweeted on Thursday night, “Getting ready to land in Louisiana to do Rally with Great Republican @EddieRispone for Governor. He will get your taxes and auto insurance (highest in Country!) way down. Loves our Military & Vets. Will protect your 2nd Amendment. VOTE SATURDAY!”
Getting ready to land in Louisiana to do Rally with Great Republican @EddieRispone for Governor. He will get your taxes and auto insurance (highest in Country!) way down. Loves our Military & Vets. Will protect your 2nd Amendment. VOTE SATURDAY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019
Rispone, who has made his dedication to the president the center of his campaign, is competing with incumbent Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards in the gubernatorial election to be held on Nov. 16.
“What Trump has done for our country has been phenomenal. … The economy is booming in the United States, but it’s not booming in Louisiana. We’re falling behind,” Rispone said at an event in Baton Rouge. “We want to do for Louisiana what Trump has done for the nation.”
Vance Gauthier, a 70-year-old contractor and Republican, cast his ballot for Rispone during the early voting period in Jefferson Parish, saying he was “looking for a change” and considered his vote in the state election a show of support for Trump.
“We need a Republican back in the position,” Gauthier said.
But race watchers said Trump’s influence can only stretch so far.
“I don’t think Trump’s bringing more to the table than has already been brought into the campaign,” said Michael Henderson, director of Louisiana State University’s Public Policy Research Center.
Under the Trump administration, hardworking Americans in Louisiana are winning. The White House data shows the state has seen over 21,000 jobs added since President Trump took office, unemployment rate down from 6% to 4.3%, wages up for blue collar workers and its energy industry is booming.
Here are the photos of Trump supporters at Louisiana rally Nov. 14.
Includes reporting from the Associated Press