Inside, Mr. Trump offered muted praise for Representative Marsha Blackburn, a Republican locked in a close contest with Phil Bredesen, a Democrat and former Tennessee governor, for the Senate seat held by the retiring Bob Corker, a Republican who has often been critical of Mr. Trump.
“A vote for Marsha is really a vote for me, and everything we stand for,” Mr. Trump said.
“Your vote in this election will decide which party controls the Senate,” he said at another point, adding that Democrats are “going to flood your streets with criminal aliens.”
Mr. Trump unleashed anti-immigrant invective over and over, repeatedly referring to immigrants as “aliens,” whom he portrayed as taking public benefits from “truly needy Americans.” The president’s administration recently put into place a new plan to deny green cards to immigrants who took public benefits.
Mr. Trump also touched on several other issues, including insisting that he favors health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions, despite his Justice Department backing a lawsuit that could eliminate such protections — a point he never mentioned. He also returned to two of his favorite topics: his 2016 election victory and the news media.
The president recalled in extravagant detail how different states were called for him the night he won in 2016. It was, he said, “one of the greatest evenings in the history of television, all because of you.”
And he employed a favorite tactic twice, egging on the crowd to turn and boo the members of the news media standing behind them.
“Fighting the media is tougher than fighting the Democrats,” he said. “But they’re equal partners.”
Polling reported in the news media, Mr. Trump insisted, should not be trusted, even though he has often cited polls he likes. “It’s called repression!” he said, insisting the news media was deliberately trying to keep people from voting. “They’re phony polls.”
As much as he excoriated the news media, the president also reveled in how much attention he gets.
“You know what it’s called? Earned media,” he said. “And I earned it.”