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Trump visits Ohio for his third rally this week

Last Updated Oct 12, 2018 9:35 PM EDT

President Trump called Democrats the "rule of the mob" at a "Make America Great Again" rally in  Lebanon, Ohio, on Friday. Mr. Trump also met with supporters in the state. 

Mr. Trump stumped for Rep. Steve Chabot, a Republican congressman who is facing a tough re-election challenge from Democrat Aftab Pureval. CBS News rates this race as "Edge Republican." Mr. Trump brought Chabot to the stage during the rally. Mr. Trump also brought Republican Jim Renacci, who is running against Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, to the stage. The CBS News Battleground Tracker rates that race as "Lean Democrat."

Mr. Trump touted the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Monday. Kavanaugh has become a favorite rally topic for Mr. Trump, as he explains how Democrats are "bad people" because of their opposition to his confirmation. The president also motivates voters by discussing how important his role is in choosing conservative judicial nominees.

"He's done us a great service because we are more energized, as Republicans, than never before," Mr. Trump said about Kavanaugh.

Mr. Trump also noted how his insults against Democrats are often unchallenged.

"I go around saying Democrats are the party of crime, and no one even challenges me," he said. The president also ruminated on one of his guests at the White House this week, rapper Kanye West.

"Kanye West -- what happened yesterday was pretty amazing," Mr. Trump said about his meeting with West.

At one point, Mr. Trump told an extended anecdote about Ulysses Grant, who was born in Ohio. "Robert E. Lee was a great general. And Abraham Lincoln developed a phobia. He couldn't beat Robert E. Lee. He was going crazy," Mr. Trump said, explaining that Lincoln then hired Grant, even though he was an alcoholic. "He's finally being recognized as a great general," Trump said about Grant.

Mr. Trump primarily echoed talking points from previous rallies. The president did not discuss the return of Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was released from a two-year imprisonment in Turkey. Mr. Trump told reporters before heading to Ohio that he was "very honored" to have Brunson returned to the United States. He also said that Brunson was likely to visit the Oval Office on Saturday. 

Mr. Trump rallied in Erie, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, hours after Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida Panhandle. He considered postponing his trip due to the hurricane, but told reporters that thousands were probably already lined up for the event in Pennsylvania, so he would go. 

At the rally on Wednesday, Mr. Trump said that "all of Pennsylvania, all of America, sends its unwavering love and support" to states under siege from Hurricane Michael. "We just want to wish them all the best, and godspeed, and God bless you all -- it's a bad one," Mr. Trump said, adding that the government would "spare no resources" in the aftermath of the storm.

The president hit familiar beats in his rally Wednesday, encouraging voters to turn out by primarily focusing on his administration's victories and warning about potential rule by Democrats. He also tailored some of his common themes to Pennsylvania voters, saying that "we're putting our coal miners back to work, we're putting our steelworkers back to work." He also criticized Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, who is up for re-election this year.

The president also held a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Tuesday. At this rally he touted his administration's decision to allow fuel containing 15 percent ethanol to be produced year round, a boon to corn-producing states such as Iowa. Mr. Trump also criticized Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, for holding up Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, prompting cheers of "Lock her up!" from the rally audience.

  • Grace Segers

    Grace Segers is a politics reporter for CBS News Digital.