One man was wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat, everybody laughed when a joke was made about Democrats and boos erupted whenever Nancy Pelosi's name was spoken.

That was the scene today when about 200 Republicans lunched on mini tacos, shrimp, pasta salad, chicken tenders and banana pudding (with mini American flags stuck in the dessert, of course) during a meet and greet at The Balcony in Munford for Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican running for U.S. Senate. There were even red table cloths.

Eric Trump, the president's son, was the featured speaker. Just like Blackburn and Congressman David Kustoff, who spoke before him, he received a standing ovation.

"You are looking at your next senator," Trump said, motioning to Blackburn. "Let's go out and win this thing. Let's keep kicking butt."

When he was finished speaking a woman from the crowd yelled, "We love you, Eric."

"We love you, too," he said.

During a 10-minute speech, Blackburn talked glowingly about the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the president's victories against Isis and Syria, keeping illegal immigrants out of the country and "draining the swamp."

Blackburn and Trump talked about the low unemployment rate and the success of the stock market.

Trump said his dad has "taken the handcuffs off the military."

"We're no longer getting ripped off by the rest of the word," Trump said.

The Tipton-Rosemark Academy choir sang the national anthem, which was followed by a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Locals on hand included Sheriff Pancho Chumley, District Attorney Mark Davidson and Munford Mayor Dwayne Cole.

Several Memphis news outlets covered the event, as did a political reporter from the Washington Free Beacon, a website based in Washington D.C.

Jeff Ireland is The Leader's sports editor. To contact him, call 901-476-7116 or email jireland@covingtonleader.com.​

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