Trump takes stage at Missouri campaign rally


President Trump was met with crowds of supporters at a campaign rally in Missouri Friday.

It's his second rally in as many nights, and his second visit to Springfield this year.

Trump opened by telling the cheering crowd of thousands in Springfield that "our country is respected again."

He says that's because "we are finally putting America first."

The president is in Missouri to campaign for state attorney general Josh Hawley, who is challenging incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. Trump has been campaigning aggressively to help the Senate expand its narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate.

He urged his supporters in the Show-Me-State to get out and vote in the upcoming Midterm elections.

"Get out in 2018, because you're voting for me in 2018," Trump said. He went on to say that a vote for Democrats is a vote for massive regulations, taxes, and crime.

He also touched on the quickly escalating trade war, promising to continue upping tariffs in retaliation to other country's reactions to his trade policies, which included implementing those tariffs on imported goods and set off a chain reaction of tariff hikes across the global economy.

Trump also defended his pick for Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and raised doubts about sexual assault allegations leveled against Kavanaugh. Trump says Kavanaugh is tailor-made for the lifetime appointment.

"And I said, we have to fight for him. Not worry about the other side," Trump said. "And by the way, women are for that more than anyone would understand."

Right now, a Senate panel says it still plans on holding a hearing next week to look into those allegations.

Trump campaigned in Las Vegas on Thursday night to help Sen. Dean Heller, the only Republican seeking re-election in a state that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

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