Trump mocks #MeToo movement in Montana rally

WASHINGTON DC- MAY 18 U.S. Sen. Jon Tester listens to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at a Senate Banking Committee and International Policy hearing on Capital Hill

Sen. Jon Tester Dismisses Impeachment Talk ‘Silly,’ ‘Not Appropriate’ Tasos Katopodis Getty Images 5 Jul 2018

President Donald Trump is opening a Montana campaign rally with an attack on Jon Tester, the state's Democratic U.S. senator. Trump's message will influence his decision, he said.

He again referred to Warren of MA as "Pocahontas" to ridicule her claims of Native American ancestry. "We will gently take the kit and slowly toss it hoping it didn't injury her arm. Maybe you should focus on fixing the lives you're destroying", she tweeted Thursday. Tester's campaign later noted that his opponent, Republican Matt Rosendale, is originally from the East Coast.

He praised the courage of law enforcement officials and others who had to apprehend Therese Patricia Okoumou, the woman who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty in New York City on July 4, and called her a "clown".

Trump's rally on Thursday was a classic display of virtuoso demagoguery and hardball populism that has already been aimed at red-state Democrats like Sens.

Tester tried to counter that narrative before Trump got to the state by taking out a full-page ad in more than a dozen newspapers across the state thanking him for signing 16 bills the Democrat sponsored or co-sponsored.

"You deserve a senator", the president said to loud cheers, "who doesn't just talk like he's from Montana".

Tester earned the president's ire for helping lead the fight against his onetime nominee for Veterans Affairs secretary, Dr. Ronny Jackson. Trump singled out Tester in April, saying the farmer from Big Sandy "will have a big price to pay" for releasing allegations against Jackson that included drunkenness, overprescribing medication and fostering a hostile work environment. "They really do. And they don't know who they're playing with, folks", Trump said. The Pentagon is investigating.

Hegle said he voted for Tester in past elections but was undecided this time. "And that's probably why I'm here".

"Was that a man or a woman because he needs a haircut more than I do?" "After Donald Trump mocks the #MeToo movement and makes up a Low IQ score for Maxine Waters to make a crowd cheer... would once again like to thank Melania Trump on her awesome job with her anti-bullying and "Be Best" initiatives". Trumps message will influence his decision, he said. Organizers encouraged those there to register to vote and, "grab him by the midterms", and then dispersed to chant at those leaving, who couldn't get into the arena.

Trump also commented on his upcoming trip to Europe where, among other stops, he will meet directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

He went after Germany for not spending more of its budget on defence and claimed to have delivered an ultimatum to Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Trump mentioned his previous attacks on Waters as a "low IQ individual" and added what appeared to be his own personal assessment, telling the crowd, "I mean, honestly, she's somewhere in the mid-60s, I believe".

He criticized Tester for voting against the Republican tax cut bill, repealing Obamacare and opposing Trump's travel ban on some people from predominantly Muslim countries, recently upheld by the Supreme Court. "Totally prepared", the president said. Putin denies interfering, and Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the intelligence assessment. In the process, Trump again became the scourge of liberal, inclusive values and the potential champion of millions of Americans who see such coverage as exactly the kind of fretting political correctness by coastal elites that drew them to the ultimate outsider candidate in the first place.

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