Trump begins speaking at about the 2 hour and 44 minute mark.
The story of the rally as published in the local press seems reasonably fair to me. It has to be better than you’d get from Huffinton Post, CNN, etc.
Resurrecting coal jobs, replacing Obamacare and making America great again. President Donald Trump descended upon Louisville Monday night, where he regaled thousands of wildly enthusiastic supporters with familiar promises from the 2016 campaign trail as Kentuckians still infuriated by his election protested outside.
Here are the highlights from The Donald’s brief-but-boisterous visit to the Derby City.
Trump willing to work with Rand Paul
Many expected Trump to use Monday’s rally to promote his administration’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.
Trump promised the result of the ongoing negotiations over Republicans’ repeal-and-replace plan for the ACA would be wonderful and indicated that he is willing to work with Paul on that front. “I happen to like – a lot – Sen. Rand Paul,” Trump said. “He’s a good guy.”
But the president didn’t focus solely on health care during his speech. He whipped through a series of talking points that felt like a reprise of his campaign’s greatest hits. Trump promised the Second Amendment is safe – insinuating that it wouldn’t have been if Hillary Clinton had won – and told a cheering crowd, “We believe in two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.”
Rand Paul peaced out before Trump arrived
Sen. Rand Paul paid Louisville a quick visit Monday too but jetted back to Washington, D.C., instead of sticking around for Trump’s rally.
Paul once again swore to oppose the Trump-backed “Obamacare Lite” plan for replacing the ACA Monday during a local, invite-only chamber of commerce event.
He said he welcomed Trump to Kentucky but had to head back to D.C. to work on the coalition that’s trying to defeat the current repeal-and-replace bill.
Protesters passionate but dwarfed by supporters
As thousands lined up to see Trump speak, several hundred protesters gathered outside Freedom Hall with eye-popping signs to demonstrate that not all Kentuckians support the president despite how handily he won the state’s electoral votes last November.
After the rally ended, Louisville police officers worked to keep the people who came to cheer Trump and those who came to jeer him apart. That didn’t stop both sides from swapping insults, though.
Trump pledges support for coal miners
Trump promised his administration will transform the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency “from a job-killer into a job-creator.”
“We are going to put our coal miners back to work,” he said. “They have not been treated well, but they’re going to be treated well now.”
Trump talks of unity
Although Trump reiterated his promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border Monday night, the president emphasized unity as he wrapped up his speech.
Everyone bleeds the same red blood, he told the crowd. “We are Americans and the future belongs to us. The future belongs to you,” he said.
In the face of unprecedented abuse, President Trump seems to draw strength from his deplorables. May we keep the faith with him as he hits bumps in the road while trying his best to Make America Great Again.