Politics & Government

Donald Trump will be in Kentucky next week with Matt Bevin. Here’s why.

President Donald Trump is coming to Louisville Aug. 21 to headline a fundraiser for Gov. Matt Bevin’s re-election campaign, the Bevin campaign said Monday.

“Gov. Bevin is thankful for President Trump’s friendship and strong support,” Bevin campaign manager Davis Paine said in a statement.

“The Trump-Bevin economy has created over 55,000 jobs, leading to the lowest unemployment in Kentucky history,” Paine said. “The governor looks forward to furthering that partnership as they continue to work together to move Kentucky forward.”

The Republican campaign did not release any other details about the president’s visit.

The White House also says Trump will address the American Veterans (AMVETS) 75th national convention in Louisville on Aug. 21.

Vice President Mike Pence was in Clay County last week to tout Bevin’s re-election as he announced a $9 million federal grant to help fight the opioid abuse crisis in Kentucky.

Bevin faces Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear in the Nov. 5 general election.

Trump remains popular in Kentucky, even as Bevin has alienated many voters with marginalizing comments about teachers.

Beshear’s campaign did not directly address Trump, who won the state by about 30 percentage points in 2016, when asked for a comment about the president’s upcoming visit.

Instead, Beshear campaign spokesman Sam Newton referred to a Kentucky Democratic Party statement released earlier Monday that said Bevin is “facing a backlash from Republican officials and voters.”

It contained comments about Bevin from people ranging from U.S. Rep. James Comer of Tompkinsville to Trump supporters at the Pence visit last week.