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Trump jokingly tells Kentucky to vote for Bevin even though 'he's such a pain in the ass'

President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE on Monday encouraged Kentucky rallygoers to back Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's reelection bid but also jokingly called Bevin "such a pain in the ass" over how much he lobbies the administration on his home state's behalf.

"He's such a pain in the ass, but that's what you want!" Trump said while praising Bevin as a defender of Second Amendment rights and pro-life policies. 

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Trump visited the Bluegrass State on Monday night for a rally in Lexington, where he encouraged voters to support incumbent candidate Bevin as he faces a tough reelection bid against state Attorney General Andy Beshear. Kentucky’s is one of three gubernatorial races in red states that appear neck and neck before the off-year Election Day on Tuesday.

Trump had previously encouraged his Twitter followers to support Bevin, tweeting on Sunday that Kentucky must "send a strong signal" to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: Democrats eye two-part infrastructure push; Michigan coronavirus cases surge Pence pleaded with military officials to 'clear the Capitol' on Jan. 6: AP Democrats see political winner in tax fight MORE (D-Calif.).

“Matt will never let you down, and we have to send a strong signal to Nancy Pelosi and the Radical Left Democrats,” he wrote on Twitter. “See you on Monday night, VOTE TUESDAY!!!” 

Earlier this year, Bevin was rated the most unpopular governor in the United States, with just a 33 percent approval rating in the state.

He has made controversial comments in the past that have earned widespread criticism, especially among Democrats. In March, he told a local talk radio station he had deliberately exposed his nine children to chickenpox rather than vaccinating them, and in January, he said schools that closed due to extreme cold were “getting soft.”