With umbrella in hand President Trump arrived at rain soaked Eppley Airfield around 5:20 Tuesday evening and was escorted to the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs where he was greeted with loud cheers from thousands of supporters.
It was the latest in the series of rallies ahead of of the midterm elections. President Trump took note of the crowd saying, "Look at this place. Do you believe it?"
He began his address with another victory lap over his win that put Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Supreme Court. President Trump offered a salute to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley who led the nomination through the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Then he turned his attention to the midterm election urging the crowd to cast early votes or get to the polls in November. "The Democrats have become too extreme," and said, "If you want to drain the swamp, you have to defeat the Democrats."
He also attacked potential rivals in the 2020 presidential election, including senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Corey Booker of New Jersey and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. He also mocked California Senator Dianne Feinstein over denying leaking a letter from a sexual assault survivor.
None of them have announced they are candidates for president. Warren has said she is considering it. Trump said he probably shouldn't attack weak candidates for fear of knocking them off early. But he criticized them anyway.
The boisterous crowd yelled "Build That Wall," in response to his pledge to tighten immigration policies. He played to home town spirit on both sides of the river saying, "I love Nebraska. I love Iowa," to the delight of the crowd from both states.
As anticipated, the president said, "Today we are unleashing the power of E15," in reference to expanding the use of the fuel and thereby bolstering the market for the corn used to make it.