Live: Trump holds rally in Murphysboro ahead of midterm elections


President Trump greets supporters at his rally in Murphysboro for U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (Murphysboro- R) on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Isabel Miller | IsabelMillerDE)

By Staff report, Daily Egyptian

This is a developing story that will be updated throughout the day.

President Donald Trump is expected to speak at a rally today in Murphysboro at 4:30 p.m.

6:35 p.m.:  “We’re going to make America wealthy again. We will make America strong again. We will make America safe again,” said Trump.


We’re going to win, win, win Trump said before he ended his speech.

6:30 p.m.: Trump said he signed a deal for $6 billion to attack severe Illinois opioid problem.

The CDC reported in August that overdoses involving opioids killed more than 42,000 people in 2016, and 40% of those deaths were from prescription opioids.

“Now you have a president who is standing up for America,” Trump said.

Trump said his administration is standing up for the United States’ values, steel workers, the great state of Illinois and for the national anthem.

6:25 p.m.:  Trump said that even though unemployment is up all-around, it  just fell to 3.1% with women, Trump said.

“Did you see the women vote?” Trump said. “I think I won the election because of the women, not the men!”


Trump continued with the topic of Medicare, saying the democrats want to obliterate it.

Trump said republicans will defend medicare for our great seniors who have earned it.

“We’re bringing down the price of prescription drugs massively,” he said.

6:10 p.m.: “This election is about borders, and this election is about jobs,” said Trump. 

Trump said republicans believe our country should be a sanctuary for law abiding citizens, but that not everyone could be taken in. 

5:55 p.m.: Trump addressed the caravan of people, known as La Bestia or “The Beast”, currently moving through Central America.

Fox News said that the mayor of Huixtla, Mexico estimated 6,000 people in the caravan on Wednesday.

“I want the people in the caravan to come into the country and come in legally,” Trump said.

Trump said the military would be going to the border next week and even though the caravan continues to grow, they will not be allowed to cross the border. 

“Caravan, turn around, you’re not coming in,” Trump said.

5:45 p.m.: President Trump introduces and invites Rep. Mike Bost on stage.

“Honestly, other people don’t care,” Trump said. “This guy cares.”

Bost said if you want our president to succeed you need to make sure Nancy Pelosi doesn’t get elected.

Brendan Kelly (D- Swansea) is running against Bost in the current election for Illinois’ 12th district U.S. congressional representative.

“Brendan Kelly is beholden to the Democrats that support him,” Trump said.

Trump said Republicans want to lower taxes.

“I’m not going make you fair trade deals,” Trump said. “I’m making you unfair trade deals in our favor.” 

Trump endorsed Bost again, saying, “A vote for Mike is really a continuation for Make America Great Again.” 

5:40 p.m.: Trump said we are rebuilding our country and we are doing it with American steel and American pride.

“After years of rebuilding other countries we are rebuilding our country,” Trump said.

5:35 p.m.: Trump said they’ve just passed a massive tax cut for working families.

“We’re putting our coal miners back to work,” said Trump.

“More than one-third of the steel jobs were vanquished,” Trump said.

He continued, saying more than 70,000 Americans saw their jobs and their way of life eliminated.

“I’m for a 25% tariff on steel,” Trump said. “And now our coal and steel industries are roaring back to life.”

5:22 p.m.: President Trump has taken the stage.

Trump addressed the shooting that happened early this morning in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, calling it an anti-Semitic attack at its worst.

“This evil anti-Semitic attack is an attack on all of us, on humanity,” said Trump.

Trump encouraged the crowd to stand with the Jewish community to help combat attacks like this.

“They can’t do this to our country,” Trump said. “We must draw a line in the sand and say ‘never again’.”

Trump said we can’t allow people like the shooter in this attack to be important.

4:44 p.m.: Air Force One was announced to be wheels down. The crowd awaited the president’s appearance on stage.

4:33 p.m.: President Trump had yet to take the stage at 4:33 p.m. He was traveling from Indianapolis, Indiana, where he held a rally today.

4:16 p.m.: At the Indiana rally earlier today President Donald Trump invited Rabbi Benjamin Sendrow to offer a prayer for the victims of the mass shooting that occurred at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

“Earlier today there was a horrific shooting targeting and killing Jewish Americans at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,” Trump said.

Trump said the actions of the shooter were pure evil and hard to believe.

“Our nation and the world are shocked and stunned by the grief. This was an anti-Semitic act,” Trump said.

Trump is expected to speak soon in Murphysboro.

3:45 p.m.: U.S. Representative Mike Bost (R- Murphysboro) took the stage at the rally to speak to the crowd.

U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (Murphysboro- R) takes the stage, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, before the president’s arrival. (Isabel Miller | IsabelMillerDE)

The crowd briefly chanted for Trump to “build the wall.”

Bost said he has voted in favor twice to fund the Mexico border wall and to reform the immigration process.

“We want [immigrants] to be here legally, and we want [them] to be a part of this process,” Bost said.

Bost encouraged the crowd to get riled up and began a “promises made, promises kept,” chant.

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