President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE took shots at members of the Democratic presidential field as he rallied supporters during a campaign stop in Phoenix on Wednesday evening, an appearance that coincided with the ninth Democratic primary debate.
Trump claimed that former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned MORE was getting “pounded” by the other candidates in the debate, poking fun at his height.
“Now they have a new member of the crew, mini Mike,” Trump told the crowd of supporters. “We call him ‘no boxes.’”
“I hear he’s getting pounded tonight,” Trump continued. “I hear they’re pounding him.”
Trump also mocked former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE as “sleepy” and repeated his claimed that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was trying to rob Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), the current Democratic front-runner, of the nomination.
“The DNC is going to take it away from Bernie again. And that’s OK, because we don’t care who the hell it is, we’re going to win,” Trump said. “We have to.”
Trump sought to contrast himself with the Democratic field during the rally, decrying his prospective opponents collectively as “radical socialist Democrats” and predicting he would win the state of Arizona “in a landslide” come November.
The president also mocked the debacle of the Democratic caucuses in Iowa, and raised questions about problems arising in the Nevada caucuses slated for Saturday.
“How did they do with their vote count in Iowa?” Trump told the crowd. “But you know, I hear that in Nevada, I’m hearing bad things about their vote count … like they don’t know what the hell they’re doing.”
Trump positioned himself as a champion of rural communities and those living in inner cities, taking credit for the strong jobs numbers and stock market gains. Trump specifically mentioned low unemployment rates for minority communities, women and veterans.
He also focused on the U.S. military’s erosion ISIS’s territorial control, touting the successful operation against ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his administration’s controversial strike against Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
And he promoted his administration’s policies on immigration, trade and healthcare, seeking to draw a stark contrast with Democrats.
“At stake in our present battle is the survival of our nation,” Trump said. “This election is so important.”
The president also fleetingly criticized House Democrats over his impeachment, decrying it as a “hoax” and an attempt to “nullify your ballots.” At one point, the president labeled Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE (D-Calif.) a “wacko.”
Trump’s Phoenix stop marks the first of three campaign rallies he will headline over the next three days as part of a broader trip west that includes both official and political business. Arizona, which Trump won by a few percentage points in 2016, has emerged as a battleground state in the 2020 election.
Trump voiced his support for Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyGOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police No evidence of unauthorized data transfers by top Chinese drone manufacturer: study Senate Democratic campaign arm launches online hub ahead of November MORE (R-Ariz.), who is facing a reelection battle against Democrat Mark Kelly this year, and invited her onstage to make brief remarks.
“This one is tough as hell, and that’s what we need,” Trump said of McSally.
Trump began his remarks about a half an hour after the Democratic presidential debate got underway in Nevada. The candidates began the debate by piling on Bloomberg, who made his debut on the debate stage Wednesday night after surging in the polls.
At the outset of his remarks, Trump cheered rally attendees for helping to carry a World War II veteran into the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, calling the man “hottest celebrity in the world.”
Trump quickly pivoted to the November election, seeking to project optimism about his prospects for a second term in the White House.
“We are going to win that election,” Trump said. “With your help this November, we are going to defeat the radical socialist Democrats and we are going to win Arizona in a landslide.”
Updated at 11:02 p.m.
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