By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
In a visit to Corinth on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly, R-Miss., said he will support Republican Donald Trump for president of the United States.
“I like Trump,” Kelly said, after being asked for his opinion on the presidential candidate.
However, Kelly said he wishes Trump would tone down some of the rhetoric.
Kelly met with community leaders at Vicari restaurant in downtown Corinth and took a tour of the community.
This presidential election is “the most important election we’ve had in my lifetime,” Kelly said, pointing out of the Supreme Court appointments that will be at stake.
“That’s going to set the tone, and it’s going to set the direction of this nation for the next 40 to 60 years,” he said.
Overall, Kelly stressed the importance of voting, saying he was present for the first free election in Iraq. People risked their lives to vote in that election, and there was an extremely high turnout, he said.
“Please go vote regardless of who you vote for,” Kelly said.
Trump will not answer to special interests, said Kelly, adding, “He’s going to do what is in his heart that he thinks is right.”
John F. Kennedy and Teddy Roosevelt were other presidents who did not answer to special interests, Kelly said.
A person can be measured by their children, said Kelly, who met Donald Trump Jr. at the Neshoba County Fair.
Whether Trump is the person to serve as president is up to the people of the nation to decide, Kelly noted.
He said he will support whoever is elected, “but I hope it’s Trump.” Regardless of who is elected he said he will keep working for the district.
It is also important for the country to get good trade deals and to invest in infrastructure such as roads and bridges, Kelly said.
During his visit to Alcorn County, Kelly was going to take a tour of the area. Gary Chandler, president and chief operating officer of The Alliance, said Kelly would see a vibrant downtown, manufacturing, a terrific school system and a growing hospital.
Economic developers and community colleges are very important to communities, said Kelly, who attended community college.
Community colleges can help develop a qualified workforce, which is vital to recruiting business, he said.
Small businesses and agriculture are also extremely important to Mississippi, Kelly said. Administrative agencies made up of unelected government officials in Wash., D.C. are hurting the country, Kelly asserted.
“They are making the rules and the laws that are running this nation, and they’re running our businesses into the ground,” he said.
Executive orders issued by presidents have been on a steady increase since around 1974 and need to be brought under control, Kelly added.
“We’ve got to cut those out,” he said. “There’s a reason why we’ve got a legislative process.”