MONROE, La. (KALB / KNOE) - President Donald Trump and Louisiana’s GOP were in full force on Wednesday night to keep Gov. John Bel Edwards from getting a second term.
Louisiana Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone speaks at a campaign rally for President Donald Trump in Monroe, La., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. | Credit: AP Photo / Gerald Herbert
President Trump rallied at the Monroe Civic Center, campaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone. This was President Trump’s second visit to the Bayou State in a matter of weeks, urging Louisiana voters to vote early to keep the Deep South’s only Democratic governor from getting a second term.
“So, is there any place you would rather be than at a Trump Rally on a beautiful, wonderful evening in Louisiana?” the President asked the huge crowd of supporters who came out.
It didn’t take long for President Trump to take shots at Gov. Edwards, saying he's a radical liberal who supports Hillary Clinton, claiming he betrayed Louisianans’ trust by raising the sales tax in recent special sessions and will demolish the state’s economy.
Another big focus of the President was auto insurance, saying Rispone will cut auto insurance rates in half.
“Edwards was an ardent supporter of Crooked Hillary Clinton and she is crooked as hell,” the President said. “John Bel Edwards broke his solemn promise to the people of Louisiana when he rammed through the largest tax hike in Louisiana history.”
Congressman Ralph Abraham took the stage to endorse Rispone after a heated primary, with a lot of Republican infighting.
“We're going to win this race. Go vote Saturday for Eddie. Let's get this thing done, put the horse in the barn!” the Congressman said.
“Congressman Abraham, I would not be here, John Bel might be your governor today if it wouldn't be for Congressman Abraham working very hard, the two of us, traveling this state to make sure we got the vote out to let the state know that we can do better!” added Rispone.
The President will return to Louisiana for a third time in just over a week as he is expected to hold a rally in Bossier City on Nov. 14, just two days before the Nov.16 runoff.
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A small group of protesters from local NAACP chapters were protesting on the other side of the street in front of Monroe City Hall.
There were a few tense moments as some people wearing Trump support attire walked past and both sides exchanged arguing points.
As thousands of people waited to get into the Trump rally in Monroe on Wednesday, protestors made their presence known as well.
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