Trump campaigns for Hawley during Columbia rally

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By Jack Lee, 23News reporter

President Donald Trump made his first ever visit as president to Columbia on Thursday to campaign for Missouri Attorney General and Republican Senate Candidate Josh Hawley before the midterm election on Tuesday.

Trump arrived by airplane to the Columbia Regional Airport and began speaking just after 7 p.m. in an airplane hangar.

While talking about Hawley, Trump said he’s “a star in our country, he’s going to be something special, he’s going to represent you for a long time, and he’s going to represent you well.”

Trump also stressed the importance of the upcoming election, saying that these midterms are one of the most “important elections of our lifetime.”

“This election will decide whether we’ll build up on an extraordinary prosperity we’ve achieved… or whether we let Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and Claire McCaskill, and the radical Democrats wipe it all away,” Trump said.

During his speech, which lasted just over an hour, Trump spoke on policy that he has been advocating for recently, including revoking birthright citizenship. The statement came just one day after Trump announced he would use an executive order to end birthright citizenship, a right guaranteed in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

“The Democrats want to continue giving automatic birthright citizenship to every child born to an illegal immigrant, even if they have been on American soil a mere matter of seconds,” Trump said.

Trump also spoke on immigration, a topic that he has discussed extensively in the past few weeks.

“Democrats voted to cut Medicare to fund benefits for illegal aliens,” Trump said. “They want to sign them up for free healthcare, free welfare, free education, and of course, the right to vote.”

On immigration, Trump also said “Republicans want strong borders, no crime, no chaos, and no caravans,” referring to a caravan of approximately 4,000 migrants, originating in the Honduras, which is making its way to the U.S. border.

This statement was met with about 20 seconds of cheering and chants of “build that wall! Build that wall!”

Trump is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Columbia since George W. Bush visited to campaign for re-election in 2004. In 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama visited MU during his first presidential campaign.

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