President Donald Trump went to great lengths to encourage Mississippians to elect incumbent U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith by holding two campaign rallies in the state on Nov. 26. During the day’s second rally in Biloxi, Trump told the sea of Make America Great Again hat wearing supporters that Hyde-Smith will never let you down.
Those in attendance chanted Hyde-Smith’s name while Trump and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant praised the Senator.
“We are back for one reason and one reason only,” Vice President Mike Pence said. “Mississippi and America needs Cindy Hyde-Smith back in the Senate.”
When Hyde-Smith stepped on the stage, she talked about her conservative values and how she would defend them in Congress. She also encouraged voters to not only to vote themselves but also encouraged anyone and everyone they know to do the same.
“It’s not just my name [on the ballot], Cindy Hyde-Smith, it is your conservative values, that’s what’s on the ballot,” Hyde-Smith said.
Pence told voters that Espy was too liberal for Mississippi, a statement Hyde-Smith said multiple times in her debate with the former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Trump suggested that a look at Espy’s past voting record would show how far left he stands.
“A vote for Espy is a vote for the Democrat agenda of socialism and open borders,” Trump said.
Throughout the remainder of the rally, Trump spoke on topics such as immigration, jobs and expanding on the Republican majority in the Senate. At the mention of the construction of a wall on the border between the U.S. and Mexico, the nearly 13,000 people in attendance erupted in cheers, chanting “build the wall” on numerous occasions. Trump promised the wall is in the process of being built.
“Republicans are committed to holding and defending the sovereign borders of the United States,” said Trump. “We are sending a simple message to the lawless caravans and the illegal aliens who are marching toward our borders. It is very simple—turn back now, go back home, we will not let you in.”
Pence and Trump discussed the increase in jobs resulting in low unemployment rates including an all-time low in Mississippi. According to Trump, 4.5 million jobs have been created, including 600,000 manufacturing jobs nationwide since he took office.
Trump also reminded the audience of the trade deal that will be replacing NAFTA, the United States Mexico Canada Agreement, which will be known as the USMCA. The goal of the agreement is to remove incentives for companies to leave the United States.
“NAFTA was the worst trade deal we could have entered, and we entered it,” Trump said. “We had an annual trade deficit of almost $800 billion we are stopping that.”
The Republican Party will have a 53-47 advantage in the Senate if Hyde-Smith wins the run-off election.
“We need every Republican vote. We need to get to 53,” Trump said. “This is the greatest political movement in the history of our country.”