Event Site: JQH Arena
Seating Capacity: 11,000
Event Time: 6:30 pm CT (7:30 pm ET)
PICTURES: Crowds line up around JQH Arena for presidential visit: https://t.co/plOKn4vdvm— KY3 News (@kytv) September 21, 2018
Trump will campaign for State Attorney General Josh Hawley, who is running for a Senate seat. His Democrat opponent is Claire McCaskill, the incumbent. Recent polls show a close race that could go either way, depending on turnout. The latest poll from the Trafalgar Group has Hawley with a 3 point lead. McCaskill is one of only 2 Democrats serving statewide in heavily Republican Missouri.
|RCP Average||8/8 - 9/14||--||--||46.2||45.6||Hawley +0.6|
|Trafalgar Group (R)||9/11 - 9/13||1724 LV||2.4||47||44||Hawley +3|
|CBS News/YouGov||9/10 - 9/14||917 LV||--||45||45||Tie|
|FOX News||9/8 - 9/11||675 LV||3.5||45||45||Tie|
|NBC News/Marist||8/25 - 8/28||568 LV||4.8||47||47||Tie|
|Missouri Scout*||8/8 - 8/9||1785 LV||2.3||47||47||Tie|
Recently, Hawley accused McCaskill of being "just another Washington liberal" for planning to vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh:
No surprise here. @clairecmc always comes home to the party line in the end. Now 0-6 on Supreme Court nominees. Hasn’t heard a thing voters told her. Just another Washington liberal. https://t.co/vbdrmAfYnY— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) September 19, 2018
McCaskill's reason for opposing Kavanaugh? Nothing to do with Christine Blasey Ford's alleged sexual assault charge. She claims that she'll vote no because of his opinion that anonymous "dark money" spending on issues ads in campaigns shouldn't be curbed. It's unclear if anyone believes that.
Trump is expected to continue voicing his support for his nominee Kavanaugh Friday night. And lately, the president has ramped up the rhetoric on the judge's accuser.
Today, he tweeted a request to see the police report filed by Blasey Ford, although apparently she never thought the incident, if it happened, was serious enough to call the cops:
Trump accused Dianne Feinstein and the Democrats of obstruction over the delayed release of Blasey Ford's letter:I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018
In June, Trump criticized McCaskill for flying in a private jet during her RV tour of Missouri:Senator Feinstein and the Democrats held the letter for months, only to release it with a bang after the hearings were OVER - done very purposefully to Obstruct & Resist & Delay. Let her testify, or not, and TAKE THE VOTE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018
Trump easily won Missouri in the 2016 presidential election. Several leftist groups plan to protest, which is nothing new for Trump's MAGA rallies, where several protesters are typically escorted out of the building after interrupting the proceedings by shouting loudly.Senator Claire McCaskill of the GREAT State of Missouri flew around in a luxurious private jet during her RV tour of the state. RV’s are not for her. People are really upset, so phony! Josh Hawley should win big, and has my full endorsement.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018
Supporters of Trump travel to his rally cities, selling Trump merchandise. In Springfield, sellers from places like Florida and South Carolina set up tents to sell t-shirts, hats, and flags.
A trip down Glenstone and you'll spot President Trump memorabilia a mile a way. The vendors have descended upon Springfield from around the country looking to make some quick money.
"You can't get any of this stuff at Walmart," says merchandiser, Angel Hill.
Outside the rally, Springfield police will be patrolling. They are prepared for protesters.
"It will be very high security protocols for everyone coming into the building," said JQH Arena Executive Director, Keith Boaz.
"On the map that's on the website, it also identifies the closed off zone that will be strictly for protesters both pro and con. Local law enforcement will be in charge of that area and monitoring that area so there is demonstration space available to anyone who chooses to participate in the rally in that function."
How to watch the rally online: the full replay from Right Side Broadcasting Network.