President Donald Trump declared it was time to retire U.S. Sen Jon Tester on Thursday as he campaigned in Montana against the lawmaker he blames for derailing his nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.
A local NBC affiliate reports that about 200 people gathered outside the rally in Great Falls. "He's gonna fight for you - Matt Rosendale".
Trump held nothing back. These included the repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate, the availability of late-term abortion, the travel ban, Justice Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the Supreme Court, sanctuary-city policies, and a change in the tax code that eliminated the estate tax for many family farms.
Trumps eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., received deafening applause as he opened his fathers rally, quickly going on the attack against Tester and welcoming Montana Republicans Sen. I tend to take a light-hearted approach to this exercise because Trump's word-salad tendencies when speaking extemporaneously are exacerbated when reading a transcript of his speeches. He said he would've gotten a net - and waited it out.
President Trump also teased his announcement next Monday for his Supreme Court nominee. "I'll see NATO and I'll tell NATO, 'You've got to start paying your bills'".
Doubling down on his goal of ginning up support for Rosendale, the president explained another reason the senator now holding the seat is unsuitable. "But Jon Tester said things about him that were frightful and weren't true".
After the rally, the spokesman for Tester's re-election campaign put out a statement that was critical of Rosendale but which did not mention the president. Facing a huge backlash, Jackson ultimately withdrew from the process. "Meantime, she's based her life on being a minority", Trump continued. But he decried much of the media's depiction of his successful negotiating strategy as "too nice". Rosendale said as he professed his loyalty to Trump.
During his speech, the president repeatedly called out the "crooked press", pointing at cameras and media assembled in the back of the arena.
The NBC affiliate noted that numerous protesters were supporters of Tester, who is expected to face a competitive battle while trying to retain his seat.
"We will take that little kit and say - but we have to do it gently". We're people. Will I be prepared?
He tweeted about immigration after the rally as he flew to New Jersey, claiming that "a vote for Democrats in November is a vote to let MS-13 run wild in our communities, to let drugs pour into our cities, and to take jobs and benefits away from hardworking Americans".
His barbs against the media came on a day when newsrooms across the USA held a moment of silence in remembrance of five Maryland newspaper staffers who were fatally shot last week by a man who authorities say held a grudge against the publication. And he insisted that Waters, an outspoken critic of the president, had a "low IQ". And I couldn't agree more. Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas" is insensitive.
As Breitbart News first reported in 2012, there is absolutely no credible evidence-either documentary or genetic-that supports Warren's claim, first made in the Pow Wow Chow Cookbook published in 1984, that she has Native American heritage.
He said that if the pair ever clashed in a presidential debate he would give her a DNA test to identify her ancestry. Because it does not matter that this is framed as a joke, he is advocating physical assault against a sitting senator. You deserve a senator who votes like hes from Montana, Trump said.