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 in Texas and Ohio, Trump emphasized the importance of mental health treatment and vowed, to sustained applause, “We will always uphold the Second Amendment.”
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?”