More than 100 supporters braved the cold wind and threat of rain to attend an outdoor “Stop Schumer, Fire Claire” rally held by Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, the Republican challenger to U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. The rally was Friday afternoon at Kevin Fennewald Farms & Grain Storage Facility on Nash Road in Cape Girardeau.
Hawley’s wife, Erin, who is also an attorney, praised her husband’s work on the lawsuit to protect Hobby Lobby employees from having to pay for abortions as part of Obamacare, when abortion was against their religious beliefs.
“Under Obama, if you started a business in America, you had to leave your faith at the door,” Erin said. “Thanks to Josh, this is not the law of the land.”
Josh has fought for other Heartland values as well. The Waters of the U.S. Rule is gone. He has taken on big pharmaceutical companies to help fight the opioid crisis.
Hawley accused his opponent of being out of touch with Missouri values, stating that she votes with Senate Minority Leader New York Sen. Chuck Schumer “almost 90 percent of the time.”
McCaskill opposed the recent tax cuts, President Trump’s plan to secure the border, and the president’s conservative nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
“The Kavanaugh debacle was the worst smear campaign I’ve ever seen,” Hawley said. “It was a deliberate coordinated smear campaign.”
Hawley said McCaskill did nothing while Kavanaugh was being smeared. “She has a vote,” he said. “She voted No [on his confirmation]. She has a voice. She didn’t raise it [to oppose the tactics being used against Kavanaugh].”
Hawley told his supporters that if McCaskill is elected, things will continue as is.
“If you like what you saw there, you will see a lot more of it,” he warned. “This seat will determine the control of the U.S. Senate [between Democrats and Republicans].”
Hawley decried the mob violence that has been directed at Republicans and the recent bomb mailings that was made to Democrats. “This kind of mob violence is not the way of the U.S.,” he said.
He blamed much of the violence on Democrat party leadership.
“They have not accepted the [election] result of 2016,” he said. They think Democrats should still be running the country. ‘They don’t believe that ‘we the people’ are really in charge,” he said. “That’s what this election is all about.”
Although the Midwest is negatively referred to as “fly-over country” by the liberal elitists on the East and West Coasts, Hawley said he is proud to represent Midwestern values.
“We don’t represent the past. we represent the best of America. Our way of life is going to be the future of America, if you go out and vote.”