President Donald Trump held a Make America Great Again rally in Topeka to endorse two Republican candidates in the 2018 midterm elections. The Independence Daily Reporter was on scene to bring readers full coverage of the event. Trump said he was thrilled to be joined by the Republican candidates running for various positions in this year’s midterms, Secretary of State and GOP gubernatorial candidate, Kris Kobach and GOP 2nd district congressional candidate Steve Watkins. The rally was held in the Expo Center in Topeka and the arena was at capacity with hundreds of spectators and protesters gathered outside. Trump opened the rally with remarks against the Democratic party, stressing the importance of Kansas continuing to maintain its Republican center. “You don’t hand matches to an arsonist and you don’t give power to an angry left-wing mob,” Trump said as the crowd jeered. “If the democrats take control they will try to punch our county into gridlock, poverty and chaos and that’s whats going to happen,” Trump stated, adding the Democrats would dismantle law enforcement, eliminate the U.S.’s borders and ultimately advocate for a socialist country. “The Democrats have become the party of crime. They have become the party of crime, think about it. Republicans are the party of law and order and justice.” He later added the Republican Party is also the party of opportunity and wealth. Trump told the audience his administration told him to cancel the Kansas rally as they had approved Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh earlier that day. Trump later called Kavanaugh a “perfect person” with “a perfect record.” The vote to approve Kavanaugh was delayed for a week due to an FBI investigation surrounding sexual assault claims about Kavanaugh made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. “It took a week but that extra week was a good thing because it showed no corroboration,” said Trump. In response to his administrations request to cancel the rally Trump responded with “I don’t have the courage to,” he told the spectators. Before introducing Kobach or Watkins, Trump spoke more on his accomplishments in office, citing low unemployment rates among minorities, his trade agreements and lowered taxes. Trump said he refused to call NAFTA by its name as it was “such a horrible deal,” and instead inserted the acronym USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement). “Everyone is really happy,” Trump reported. Trump introduced Kris Kobach as the next governor of Kansas and voiced his disappointment that Kobach was running for governor and therefore unable to be a part of Trump’s administration in Washington. “I hope he loses because I want him so badly,” Trump said to the audience before recalling a conversation he had with Kobach where Kobach asserted he loved his state and people too much to leave. “It is such an honor and a blessing to have President Trump here in the city where I grew up to support my campaign in a state we all love,” Kobach said. Kobach praised the common ground he held with Trump on their immigration policies. To cheers and chants of “build that wall” Kobach said, “I’m so glad that America has a president that gets it and knows that illegal means illegal.” Kobach called for an end to sanctuary cities and illegal aliens benefitng from the American welfare system, stating neither he nor Trump would allow the U.S.’s immigration system to be used as a weapon to harm Americans. “It’s time to put Kansans first, not illegal aliens,” said Kobach to the crowd chanting “USA!” Kobach went on to address voter fraud, stating that for every illegal alien’s vote a U.S. citizen’s vote is cancelled out. Kobach accused the Democratic Party of being unconcerned with the U.S. citizen’s vote while claiming to care about voter suppression and voter cancellation. Kobach thanked Trump for lowering the federal tax burden. Kobach stated that the first bill he wanted to sign as governor would pass along the Trump tax windfall to the people of Kansas. “I want to do for Kansas what President Trump has done for America,” Kobach began his conclusion with. “The time is now that we must reject the political correctness that the progressives and the left have constantly put on us and stand up for the time tested values of hard work, faith in God and the United States Constitution.” He then thanked Trump for making America great again and announced it was time to make Kansas great again. When he took back the podium Trump called Kobach a “tireless champion” and told Kansans Kobach would fight for them unlike his opponent, Democratic Senator Laura Kelly, who he called the “far-left opponent.” Kelly has come under fire from other Democrats for being “too moderate” in her stances. “Everyone get out and vote for my friend Kris Kobach on election day,” said Trump before introducing Watkins. “Get out and vote, I need him in Washington,” was the first thing Trump said regarding Watkins. In his remarks, Watkins called Trump a fighter for the American people and said he was honored to have Trump’s presence in Topeka and his endorsement. He thanked Trump for all that he has done “for Kansans, for America and for this World,” listing the appointing of “pro-constitution Supreme Court Justices,” instating a U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and for being tough on countries such as China, Iran, and North Korea. “Think of how much more he could have accomplished if he were a Kansan,” Watkins joked. “A vote for Steve is a vote for me,” Trump added as Watkins returned the podium back to Trump. When Trump returned to the podium he began to ask the attendees if they were aware of a border bill proposed by the Democrats. “Every single Democrat in the U.S. Senate has signed up for the open borders-and it’s a bill. And it’s called The Open Borders Bill. What’s going on? And it’s written by - guess who - Dianne Feinstein.” After doing some fact-checking the reporter who attended the event found there is no “open borders bill.” Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California introduced a bill in June called the Keep Families Together Act. This bill was created to prevent the separation of immigrant families at the U.S. border. Trump went on to praise ICE for apprehending and deporting MS13 out of the U.S., “liberating” American cities from their rule. “If you want America to remain a sovereign, great country then you must organize, mobilize, register and vote Republican,” calling this midterm election a matter of safety and prosperity. Turning back to the Democrats, Trump stated that he was “hitting [the Democrats] so hard they’re disappearing,” specifically Democratic Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren, whom he called Pocahontas, and former Vice President Joe Biden. “I may get someone that’s actually good to run against and that would not be good,” said Trump before adding “but I don’t see any good ones on that side.” Trump reinforced the many things the Republican Party has accomplished in the past couple of years, citing the passing of the Veteran’s Choice program and the Veteran’s Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, a program allowing Veterans to choose their own doctors and an act holding anyone who mistreats veterans accountable for their actions. Trump also brought up the development at the Pentagon of the Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. “It’s happening quickly, it’s very serious. That’s where it’s at. Doesn’t sound right but it’s right, that’s where it’s at.” He concluded with the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Iran Nuclear Deal, calling the deal “one-sided.” “The only reason to vote Democrat is if you’re tired of winning,” said Trump. Trump stated that the U.S. has the greatest power it has ever had, and because the U.S. had that power we would not be bothered or “messed with” by other countries. “You know why I have that [power]? Because I don’t want to use it,” he said. Trump ended the rally by calling upon the attendees to go out and tell their friends, families and coworkers to vote Republican. “The state of Kansas was settled by tough pioneer men and strong women who defied danger and braved the wilderness to build their beautiful life on the plains,” Trump said. “These courageous patriots did not shed their blood, sweat and tears so we could sit at home while others tried to erase their legacy and destroy our proud and great American heritage. We are going to vote, we are going to fight, and we are going to win, win, win.” The Kansas Democratic Party hosted a day of action in Topeka on Saturday as well. Kansas Democratic Party staff, volunteers and candidates met and spoke with voters. Democratic Party Spokesperson Zach Helder and Watkins’ Democratic opponent Paul Davis were present. “Kansans of all political stripes are energized and ready to elect new leadership who will fight for lower healthcare costs and strong public schools,” said Helder in an email to IDR. The midterm elections will be held Nov. 6.