"A Democratic takeover of
It was a dire picture painted by a president eager to convince his raucous supporters of what's at stake in November as he headlined a high-dollar, closed-door fundraiser and appeared at a packed rally in
Trump praised Blackburn as a "true fighter" for the state, telling the crowd, "She's all about
"A vote for Marsha is really a vote for me," he said.
Bredesen, like other Democratic candidates across Trump country, has painted himself as a pragmatist willing to work with the president on certain issues. The
And the stakes couldn't be clearer. The rally came as the FBI investigated sexual misconduct allegations against Trump's
But Trump was far less sympathetic in front of his enthusiastic rally crowd, accusing
"If we took 10 years, they'd want more time," he complained, charging that Democratic senators are "willing to do anything or hurt anyone" to subvert his agenda, including taking down his nominee.
"They're trying to destroy a very fine person, and we can't let it happen," Trump said.
Kavanaugh has staunchly denied allegations now leveled by multiple women, including one who testified that he pinned her against a bed, groped her, tried to take her clothes off and covered her mouth to silence her when they were in high school.
The rally was the first of a busy week of campaign travel for the president that will take him to states including
Previewing his own re-election playbook, Trump criticized a number of rumored 2020 presidential opponents, including Sen.
"We call him 1 percent Biden," said Trump, claiming that his political career was finished until former President
Trump, who railed against the North American Free Trade Agreement during his 2016 campaign, also hailed the revamped trade agreement with
"It's fair, it's modern and it's balanced," Trump said. "America's winning again."
But Trump spent far more time railing against "radical
"They've gone crazy," he said. "Trying to burn our future down."
Blackburn's contest, in a state that Trump won by 26 points, has drawn heavy interest from the
Bredesen has tried to distance himself from the national Democratic Party, presenting himself as an independent thinker who will support Trump's policies when they're beneficial to the state.
The former two-term governor, who would be the first Democrat to win a
"Presidential visits are good for fundraising, but I've found that Tennesseans are independent thinkers who can make up their own minds," Bredesen said in a statement after Trump's visit.
Trump, as he has in other states, argued that Bredesen is not the centrist he says he is and will wind up voting with Democratic leaders including
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