MIAMI COUNTY —Donald Trump Jr. addressed a crowd of approximately 125 supporters in Troy on why the nation should elect his father, Donald Trump, as president on Nov. 8.
“We have an unique opportunity to put someone in the White House who is not part of the problem,” Trump Jr. said. “As conservative as I am, I’ll admit the problems are on both sides of the aisle. Our Founding Fathers, when they drafted the Constitution, they never envisioned a political class that would sit in one spot for 40 years doing nothing but giving contracts to their friends or their buddies telling you how to run your business from their commissioned office in the (D.C.) beltway — that’s what we are fighting against.”
Trump Jr. shared how his father is running for president as his service to the country, stating, “He’s doing this for you.”
“This is my father’s way of serving our country. This is his service. He loves this country and everything it stands for. He wants the American Dream. He wants to make sure all of you, every American of every ethnicity and background, has the same opportunity to actually live that American Dream. To be able to start a great family. To be able to operate a great business without government in every aspect of your lives. That’s what he’s doing this for.”
Trump Jr. addressed the issues of rising healthcare costs, job creation and education. He shared how his father helped promote people in the Trump corporation who may not have had “the fancy degrees,” but gave them opportunities because of their work ethic. Trump Jr. also called his father’s campaign “a movement” against the political insiders of Washington.
Trump Jr. also shared how he wants to leave the country better for his five children.
“Imagine what would happen if our country, again, had the ability to experience the dignity of work,” he said. “I mean real jobs. Imagine what that could do to the family structure which has been decimated, hurt. Those are the things we need to fight for.
“This is a wake-up call to the establishments in D.C. that we’ve had enough and that we aren’t going to take it anymore,” he said as the crowd cheered “Drain the Swamp!”
Trump Jr. closed his speech by thanking the crowd for their support throughout the campaign process.
“It’s our honor to be in the fight with all of you … Let’s do it Tuesday. If you haven’t voted yet, do so. Let’s send that message to D.C. that we mean business and we’re not going to take it anymore. We are going to make American great again, for all of us.”
Miami County Republican Party Chairman and County Commissioner John W. “Bud” O’Brien encouraged attendees to vote the Republican ticket, not only for president, but down the party line.
Steven Fought, Democratic candidate for U.S. Representative (Ohio, 8th District) running against Warren Davidson, and Miami County Democratic Party Chairman Dave Fisher stood outside of the rally to share their opposing views.
“America is great and Hillary Clinton is going to make it even greater when she gets elected as president of our country,” Fisher said. “This whole thing (Trump is doing is) trying to divide our country. Donald Trump is not what we need. Not what we need at all.”
Fought said he is bothered by reports of Donald Trump criticizing the U.S. military leaders. According to reports, Trump criticized the U.S. mission to attack the Iraqi city of Mosul on Saturday. Trump reportedly called U.S. military officials a “group of losers” for not launching a surprise attack on Saturday in Tampa, Fla.
“I can’t remember a presidential candidate ever calling our military leadership ‘losers’ during a battle,” Fought said. “That comment (Trump) made (Saturday) about the commander of the operation in Mosul, Gen. Steven Townsend, one of our best leaders, one of our best generals, that’s over the top. That shows me he’s not qualified to be Commander in Chief….for Donald Trump to call our general “losers,” that’s ridiculous. I don’t think people in this area, or Dayton, believe that.”
Fisher urged Republican voters in Miami County to vote for Clinton due to her qualifications as seasoned politician. Fisher noted top Republican Ohio officials like Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Rob Portman publicly announced that they didn’t vote for Trump.
“It’s not about a bad Republican or a bad Democrat. It’s about putting the country ahead of the party,” Fisher said.
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