Trump: If SC Gov. Loses, It's a 'Major Defeat' for Me

'So please, get your asses out tomorrow and vote'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 26, 2018 12:21 AM CDT
Trump: If SC Gov. Loses, It's a 'Major Defeat' for Me
President Trump speaks during a rally at Airport High School in West Columbia, SC., Monday, June 25, 2018, for Republican Gov. Henry McMaster, right.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Trump campaigned Monday for South Carolina's GOP governor, who is in a tense runoff election—but made the vote all about himself, too. Speaking of Gov. Henry McMaster, Trump told an overflow rally crowd in West Columbia: "If a horrible thing happened and we weren't lucky enough to have Henry win ... they will say Donald Trump suffered a major, major defeat in the great state of South Carolina. It was a humiliating defeat for Donald Trump." "So please, get your asses out tomorrow and vote," he said. Trump did allow that his reputation wasn't the only reason to back McMaster: "You've got to get out there and vote and, honestly, not for that reason." And while Trump suggested he was joking, he did put his own credibility on the line by going all-in for McMaster, the AP reports.

Trump, who opened the rally with prayers for injured state Rep. Katie Arrington, arrived an hour late after storms forced Air Force One to circle South Carolina's capital city. "I have never taken a longer trip ever to South Carolina," he joked later, before quickly imploring Republicans to back McMaster in Tuesday's contest against Greenville businessman John Warren, a political newcomer. The president also used the rally to revisit past battles by digging into his tough trade negotiations with US allies, his ongoing fight with Democrats over immigration, his 2016 election, and a long-running feud with television's late-night talk-show hosts. "Johnny Carson was talented. This guy on CBS has no talent," he said, referring to Stephen Colbert.

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