The president has a way of getting under Democrats’ skin.
The businessman-outsider who has upended Washington and thrown light on the dark shadows of the swamp has done it ever since his election in November 2016 — and he’s still doing it today.
Speaking at another campaign rally of his — this one on Friday night in Louisiana, just a day after his lively rally in Minnesota — President Donald Trump went after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), declaring that she “hates the country, because she wouldn’t be doing this [otherwise] … [She] hates the United States of America.”
See the tweet and video below for a look at his exact remarks about “Nervous Nancy,” one of the leaders of the current House impeachment push against him.
President Donald Trump doesn't hold back against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. pic.twitter.com/l0WA4EQI8I
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) October 12, 2019
During his remarks, Trump blasted the latest activity headed by House Democrats, whom he referred to as “scammers and con artists.”
“They know they can’t win an election,” he told the cheering crowd in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
“So they’re pursuing an illegal, unconstitutional, bulls*** impeachment.”
Trump was in Louisiana on the eve of the governor’s election there to campaign for the Republican candidates — each of whom is seeking to boot out incumbent Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards.
See Trump’s tweet below shortly after the rally ended.
Louisiana REPUBLICANS, thank you for a great evening. Get out TOMORROW and VOTE REPUBLICAN! Send the Radical Democrat establishment a loud and clear message that you are going to FIRE your Democrat Governor, John Bel Edwards and send a Great Republican to the Governor’s Mansion! pic.twitter.com/4GHVNz8lda
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2019
Trump urged voters to choose either Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.) or GOP Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone to keep Edwards below 50 percent in Saturday’s primary election — and thus force a November 16 runoff election.
Ahead of Saturday, polls were indicating Edward had a big lead, but “the dynamics of a runoff election will likely change if Republicans have a single candidate to unite behind,” as a USA Today publication noted.
“Tomorrow you’ve got to vote John Bel Edwards out,” Trump said on Friday night. “Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone are both great …You’re going to fire your Democratic governor who’s done a lousy job,” the president added, reminding the crowd that Edwards broke a campaign promise not to raise taxes.
Meanwhile, behind closed doors on Friday on Capitol Hill, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch appeared before impeachment investigators.
She denied she ever tried to get in the way of a corruption probe — and claimed her dismissal from office in May was part of “a concerted campaign” by Trump, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and a Soviet-born businessman who was just indicted.
She said in a prepared statement that she never “directed, suggested or in any other way asked for any government or government official in Ukraine … to refrain from investigating or prosecuting actual corruption,” as The New York Post and other outlets reported.
She was there on Capitol Hill because Democrats have questioned Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — in which, as part of a longer conversation, Trump asked the leader to have a look at allegations about former Vice President Joe Biden’s conduct in the country. The White House released a full transcript of that conversation and Trump has steadfastly maintained he did nothing wrong — and that, as president, it’s his duty to make sure there is no corruption activity against the United States.
One of those who has been outspoken about impeachment is Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), a progressive squad member and controversial Democrat. So it’s no surprise that during Trump’s raucous campaign rally in Minneapolis on Thursday night, he punched out a few jabs against her, even in her home state.
Omar won election last fall during the 2018 midterms. Trump has long been feuding with the congresswoman.
“You know, I know you people,” the president said to his audience at the Target Center at one point, after the rally was well underway on Thursday night.
“I know you people. I know the people of Minnesota. I want to tell you — and I, also, at the same time — it’s both a question and a statement. How the hell did that ever happen? How did it happen? How did it happen?” Trump said, clearly referring to Omar’s election in the first place.
“Congresswoman Omar is an America-hating socialist,” he said. “She minimized the September 11th attack on our homeland,” he added, as the crowd loudly booed, “where far more than 3,000 people did, saying, ‘Some people did something.'”
He also said she has a history of issuing “virulent, anti-Semitic screeds” and referred to the controversial comments she’s made about Israel in the past.
“How do you have such a person representing you in Minnesota? I’m very angry at you people right now,” Trump stated — then dramatically turned away from the podium during one of his liveliest rallies ever.
“She is a disgrace to our country, and she is one of the big reasons that I’m going to win and the Republican Party is going to win Minnesota in 13 months,” he also said.
Never one to miss out on a moment in the spotlight — Omar fired back at Trump almost immediately on Twitter.
“At his rally just now, Trump called me an ‘America-hating socialist’ and a ‘disgrace,'” she wrote.
“He shouted xenophobic conspiracy theories about me. He scolded my district for voting for me.”
Omar then tried to use Trump to garner cash for her own political campaign, writing, “His hate is no match for our movement. Stand with me by donating now” — and posted a link to her campaign donations page.
At his rally just now, Trump called me an “America-hating socialist” and a “disgrace.” He shouted xenophobic conspiracy theories about me. He scolded my district for voting for me.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) October 11, 2019
If Omar was hoping Trump’s rally in her own backyard would be a massive failure, she was greatly disappointed. Over 20,000 people attended the rally, with thousands more outside the venue as Trump spoke on Thursday night.
And while anti-Trump protesters gathered outside the venue — with some getting violent and challenging the police — the fact that so many people in Minneapolis showed up to support Trump hardly bodes well for Omar’s chances in the next election.
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