Trump Revs Up Base, Boosts Gov. Henry McMaster Ahead Of S.C. Runoff Election

President Trump revved up his base Monday in South Carolina, urging them to get behind Gov. Henry McMaster just hours before a GOP runoff election, saying he needed help to keep the winning streak going.

He also joked that his own reputation was on the line, although the jest had more than a trace of truth in it.

If Mr. McMaster lost, he said, the news media would call it a “humiliation” and “major setback” for the president.

The rally had all the trappings of Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign events, including the crowd chanting “lock her up,” about Hillary Clinton, and “build the wall.”

Mr. Trump said they should start chanting “continue building the wall” because it is under construction.

The rally was a payback for Mr. McMaster, who was the first statewide elected official to endorse Mr. Trump in 2016.

The president’s approval rating hit a high of 45 percent last week in a Gallup poll, putting him on par with presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan at the same point in their presidencies.

His approval rating among Republicans hit 90 percent in the same poll.

Republican strategist Ford O’Connell said the president’s trip to South Carolina showed he rewards loyalty, but that message cuts both ways.

“If his power is this strong, he might as well use it to keep Republicans in line as well,” said Mr. O’Connell. “Hey, it is a good time to go around and show he can deliver.”

Read more from S.A. Miller at The Washington Times

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