Trump makes final pitch for GOP in 3 red states

Cleveland was the first stop Monday in his last flurry of rallying for Republicans. He also was scheduled to go got Fort Wayne, Ind., and Cape Giradeau, Mo. As he left the White House, he told reporters that there is a “great electricity in the air” that he says bodes well for his party. (Donald J. Trump/Twitter)

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is holding campaign rallies in three competitive states Monday, marking the final stops in his push to shore up Republican candidates ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Prior to leaving for his first stop in Cleveland, Trump expressed optimism, claiming that there is a “great electricity in the air” that he says bodes well for his party.

“The energy that this whole party has now, it’s really incredible,” Trump said. “Whether it’s the great economy, or the immigration and the strong stand and the very weak stand where they have open borders, which to me means nothing but crime, I don’t know.”

The president also predicted that Republicans will do “very well” in both the House and Senate, despite widespread polling that favors Democrats taking back control of the lower chamber.

Monday marked Trump’s fifth straight day on the campaign trail.

In addition to Cleveland, Trump is also scheduled to appear in Fort Wayne, Indiana as well as Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where he will be joined by conservative media personalities Rush Limbaugh, the famed talk show host, and Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

During his first rally, the president kept to the script that he has been operating under in the campaign’s waning days: striking a hardline on immigration, touting the strong economy and dipping into the culture wars, including references to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s troubled confirmation fight and what the president described as demands for political correctness.

The president’s divisive nature, both on the trail and in the White House, has been the source of controversy in recent days, particularly in light of a bomb scare linked to a Trump supporter and a synagogue shooting allegedly by a white nationalist.

Trump has repeatedly refused to tone down his rhetoric and on Monday took credit for making the midterms exciting.

“The midterm elections used to be, like, boring,” Trump told the crowd in Cleveland. “Now, it’s like the hottest thing.”

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