socastcmsRssStartBy Cole Lauterbach | Illinois News NetworksocastcmsRssEnd
President Donald Trump filled an airplane hangar Saturday in Southern Illinois.
The president is touring the country to support other Republicans looking to maintain majorities in the U.S. House and Senate in the face of Democrats looking to flip the chambers next month.
At his stop in Murphysboro, Trump told the thousands of supporters in attendance that Republican Rep. Mike Bost, who is facing Democrat Brendan Kelly for the 12th Congressional district seat, is a pivotal member of Congress.
“Mike fights every day for the hardworking people of Illinois,” Trump said. “He voted to cut your taxes, reduce your regulations, protect your Medicare, protect your pre-existing conditions.”
Trump won Bost’s district in 2016 and recent polling showed Bost with a lead over Kelly.
“If you want our president to continue to succeed you cannot allow Nancy Pelosi to take that House back,” Bost told the crowd, who booed at the mention of Pelosi.
Trump had considered calling the event off after news broke of a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, but ultimately decided to go ahead with the event. He called the shooting a tragedy.
“This evil, anti-semitic attack is an assault on all of us,” he said.
Trump spoke about the national economy and jobs created by his tariffs on foreign imports.
“Our steel and aluminum industries are roaring back to life like nothing you’ve ever seen,” he said.
The U.S. Steel factory that re-opened as a result of the tariffs sits about 100 miles from where Trump was speaking.
Critics of Trump’s tariffs say trade wars are a hindrance on the economy, raising prices on imported consumer goods.
Gov. Bruce Rauner attended the event, but did not speak. Trump didn’t acknowledge Rauner, as is the president’s custom at his rallies.
Rep. Randy Hultgren and Rep. Rodney Davis, both in tight re-election races, stood with Trump and spoke to the crowd.