President Donald Trump hit the road Saturday to rally support for a Congressional candidate in Pennsylvania.
Republicans privately agree, even as they look to pin the blame mostly on Saccone and downplay what it would mean to lose a deep red, culturally conservative district after a brutal loss in an Alabama Senate race late previous year, a beat-down in Virginia's gubernatorial race, dozens of losses of state legislative seats and a number of close calls in House special elections.
Polls, however, have Saccone's race with the Democrat Conor Lamb in a virtual dead heat, which is why the race has drawn Trump along with millions of dollars to keep the seat in Republican hands - and prevent Democrats from coming one seat closer to potentially reclaiming control of the House. "If the Democrats were to prevail in western Pennsylvania, that would be quite an natural disaster", Rep. Charlie Dent said last week.
Trump continued: "But we can only do that if we elect people who are going to back our agenda and fight for our values".
Republicans have, however, managed to hold onto five House seats in special elections a year ago. According to Rothman and other experts from the area, union, blue-collar workers who traditionally voted as conservative Democrats made all the difference in a securing the president's win in the area.
"We can't say Make America Great Again because I already did that". "You ever see her?. We have to have him". You can't help it.
In 2016, every day an average of 175 people died of drug overdoses in the US.
Trump said that allowing prosecutors to seek the death penalty for drug dealers - an idea he said he got from Chinese President Xi Jinping - is "a discussion we have to start thinking about".
Trump conceded Lamb might not back Pelosi but said most House Democrats will. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has struck down the map, and Lamb is likely to run next fall against Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA) in a much less conservative district than the gerrymandered one he's now trying to win.
"We're not talking El Chapo-level people", he said, referring to Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, the former leader of the Sinaloa cartel who was extradited to the United States past year. "If I came like a stiff, you guys wouldn't be here tonight". "Is going to be 'Keep America Great, ' exclamation point", said Trump.
Foreign enemies, too, occupied Trump's mind. Human rights groups and the United Nations have condemned Duterte's vigilante-style campaign that has left thousands of suspected drug dealers and users dead. "You know, we don't have a big margin". "But that's OK. Because that's what we do, we handle things".
The president mentioned his threat to start an all-out trade war with the European Union over his steel and aluminum tariffs, saying again that he meant to tax European cars if the EU sought to retaliate for his new tariffs. "We're gonna tax BMW".
Trump also spoke at length about stricter penalties for drug dealers, speaking positively of other countries, like China, which impose the death penalty on drug dealers. "The president's support is key to attaining victory", Saccone told rally attendees about 45 minutes before Trump took the stage. They are also confident about winning House and Senate majorities after the national elections in November. By comparison, almost half of the total votes cast in the district in 2016, came from precincts where president Trump won by over 30 percentage points. "And I would think it's certainly helpful that he's coming up this weekend".
Trump stumped for Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone, who faces a special election on Tuesday, but he also talked about his own 2020 re-election bid during a meandering speech that lasted more than an hour.
As for where that 52 percent came from, that figure was actually the percentage of white women who voted for him.
And, of course, no presidential public appearance would be complete without his usual attack on the "fake media".