Trump tells NH rallygoers ‘we have a bunch of socialists or communists to beat’ — as Dem rivals gather nearby

With several of his Democratic rivals hosting competing events down the street, President Trump confidently told raucous rallygoers Thursday evening in New Hampshire, the state that gave him his first presidential primary win, that they have “no choice” but to vote for him again in 2020 — if they want their 401(k)s to remain intact.

“Are we sure we’re in New Hampshire?” Trump asked at one point, as the crowd roared and he discussed the state’s soaring economy. “You have a reputation as a very staid, very elegant people, and you’re not acting it tonight, and that’s a good thing.”

Responding to recent mass shootings, Trump emphasized the importance of mental health treatment and vowed, to sustained applause, “We will always uphold the Second Amendment.”

The president also promised to work more on the opioid epidemic, which, according to The Washington Post, has claimed more lives in 2017 alone than mass shootings have in the past five decades.

“Now we have a bunch of socialists or communists to beat.”President Trump

“We have reduced the total amount of opioids prescribed by 34 percent,” Trump said, noting that thousands of defendants have been prosecuted federally in opioid-related cases.

A fiery stage was set hours before Thursday’s rally, when the president told reporters at a New Jersey airport that Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., were “very anti-Jewish and anti-Israel” — and said he supported Israel’s decision to bar them from entering the country.

“Now we have a bunch of socialists or communists to beat,” Trump said, as the Manchester crowd jeered. “They’re not far away. Does anybody want to pay a 95-percent tax?”

After a protester briefly interrupted the rally, Trump remarked, “That guy has a serious weight problem. Go home, start exercising. Get him outta here.”

Supporters cheering at President Trump's campaign rally on Thursday.
Supporters cheering at President Trump’s campaign rally on Thursday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Trump went on to say that recent episodes in which people threw water on New York City police officers were indicative of a larger trend among progressives.

“They view everybody as fascists and Nazis … They accuse our heroic border agents of running concentration camps,” Trump said, in an apparent reference to New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “And, they look down upon the hardworking citizens who truly make our country run.”

Less than a month ago, Trump supporters in North Carolina erupted in a chant of “send her back” directed at Omar as Trump spoke, prompting the president to urge future rallygoers not to use that language. At a later rally, Trump avoided mentioning Omar by name — but, on Thursday, he directly named her and other members of the so-called progressive congressional “Squad.”

The president was making the quick trip to Southern New Hampshire University as he spends the week at his New Jersey golf club. The event gave Trump a chance to address the heightened fears about the economy, fueled by a development in the bond market that had predicted previous recessions.

Avoiding an economic slump would be critical to Trump’s reelection hopes.

“I think that we’re going to have a tremendous time,” Trump said in a call-in interview on the “New Hampshire Today” radio show earlier Thursday. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

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