Donald Trump suggests New Hampshire Republicans vote in Democratic primary - updates




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  • 2020-02-11 01:04:38Z
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Donald Trump suggests New Hampshire Republicans vote in Democratic primary - updates
Donald Trump suggests New Hampshire Republicans vote in Democratic primary - updates  

As Democrats make their final pitch to voters in New Hampshire Monday, President Donald Trump took stage at a campaign rally hours before polls open in the Granite State's first-in-the-nation primary.

Check back for updates as the rally unfolds.

Donald Trump brings back 'The Snake' at his New Hampshire rally

You know the election is getting close - Donald Trump brought back "The Snake" on Monday night.

A poem that Trump recited frequently during the 2016 campaign,"The Snake" is an anti-immigration parable about a charming viper who talks a woman into letting him into her home.

The snake then bites her.

"You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in," the snake says at the end of the poem.

Based on a 1960s song by Al Wilson, "The Snake" is likely to make a few more appearances on the campaign trail before Nov. 3.

- David Jackson

Trump says Coronavirus will be gone by April when the weather gets warmer

The president continued to suggest the Coronavirus outbreak, which has claimed 1,000 lives as of Monday, will be gone by April. He told the crowd that "in theory" once the weather warms up Coronavirus, which he referred to as "the virus," will "miraculously" go away. Trump did not offer any scientific explanation to back up his claim.

"I think it's all gonna work out fine," he said. "Rough stuff, rough stuff."

Trump echoed that claim during a speech to governors at the White House earlier on Monday, telling the group that China had given him the confidence that the outbreak would subside in Apri due to "the heat."

"The heat generally speaking kills this kind of virus," he said.

- Courtney Subramanian

Trump introduces 'warriors' to rally crowd

President Trump introduced members of Congress and his family as "warriors" Monday night, largely highlighting their support during the impeachment trials.

He thanked Senators Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Rand Paul, R-KY., to cheers of "USA" from the audience.

He continued to introduce Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-CA., as "Speaker of the House, hopefully, next year."

"Wouldn't that be nice?" the president continued.

Trump introduced Rep. Steve Scalise, R-LA., by retelling the story of when the congressman was shot during the 2017 Congressional baseball shooting.

Trump said he told Scalise his wife loved him because "she was devastated, I know many wives who don't get too upset."

The President continued to highlight multiple GOP politicians in the crowd, including Congressmen Mark Meadows, Matt Gaetz, Mike Johnson, and Greg Pence.

Trump brought Ivanka onto the stage, saying she is someone "not many people know" but continuing she is, "Very powerful, very smart, very beautiful, even though I'm not allowed to say that because she's my daughter, Ivanka."

He continued to thank her husband, Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, for making deals "that are so good for this country."

-Savannah Behrmann

Donald Trump stumps for minority votes

President Donald Trump is using the New Hampshire rally to promote a long-term Republican political project: Drawing minority voters away from Democrats.

As he has done in previous rallies, Trump talked about record employment statistics for African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asians, and said his administration is looking out for those groups.

"We are the party of equal opportunity for all Americans," Trump said, while Democrats are "betraying" them.

"They betrayed all of us," Trump said.

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton carried 89% of the African-American vote and 66% of the Latino vote against Trump in 2016.

- David Jackson

Trump hits Democrats on Iowa

Trump hit his Democratic opponents on the Iowa caucuses debacle, saying Monday, "They're all fighting each other, they're all going after each other. They can't even count their votes."

Last week's Democratic caucus fell into chaos after the Iowa Democratic Party delayed releasing official results because of widespread reporting problems amid new rules and a new app.

In doing so, multiple candidates claimed victory and many campaigns turned the fight towards one another leading into the New Hampshire primary Tuesday.

- Savannah Behrmann

Trump suggests New Hampshire Republicans vote in Democratic primary

Donald Trump suggested that his supporters play a little political gamesmanship in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary.

Trump said Republicans should get out and vote for the Democrats' "weakest" candidate, helping him or her win the nomination so that the president can presumably have an easier time in the fall.

"Does that make sense?" Trump asked.

Trump did not make specific suggestions as to who his backers should vote for, saying he can't figure out which one is the Democrats' weakest candidate.

"I think they're all weak," he said.

There is cross-over voting in New Hampshire, and parties have been known to mess with each other in the primary.

- David Jackson

Trump touts 'full and complete and absolute total acquittal' of impeachment

In his first campaign rally appearance since the Republican-led Senate voted to acquit him on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, Trump wasted little time in railing against Democrats for wasting the country's time with the "impeachment hoax."

Trump boasted of his "full and complete and absolute total acquittal" in the Senate. "And it wasn't even close," he said as the crowd cheered.

"Other than Romney, we got 52-0," he said of Senator Mitt Romney, R-Utah, the only Republican to vote against the president during the Senate trial. The crowd began to boo as Trump mentioned Romney's name.

- Courtney Subramanian

New target for 'Lock Her Up' chants: Nancy Pelosi

As at numerous other rallies, President Donald Trump's backers in New Hampshire are chanting "lock her up!" - but this time they have a different target.

Rather than Hillary Clinton, Trump partisans are yelling "lock her up" at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The chant surfaced when warm-up speakers criticized Pelosi over the impeachment investigation.

Indeed, the crowd followed suit when Trump attacked Pelosi.

- David Jackson

Donald Trump Junior ... For President?

Some people wonder if President Donald Trump's son will want to follow in his father's political footsteps someday.

Some Trump supporters apparently want him to.

As Donald Trump, Jr., warmed up the crowd at tonight's rally in Manchester, N.H., people began chanting: "46! 46! 46!"

Why 46?

Well, Donald Trump, senior, is the nation's 45th president.

His successor will be president number ... 46.

- David Jackson

Trump looks to provoke Democrats at New Hampshire rally

In an early Monday tweet Trump said he wanted to "shake up the Dems a little bit" ahead of the primary, which he referred to as a "really boring deal," while also calling out the "big crowds" that are expected to greet him in Manchester. Trump's rally is expected to begin at 7 p.m. EST.

The president's supporters began lining up for the "Keep America Great" rally Sunday, according to the Union-Leader and video shared online, braving the cold and rainy weather to attend Trump's first political rally since he was acquitted of impeachment last week in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The president will be joined by Vice President Mike Pence and several other campaign surrogates who are aiming to steal the spotlight from several Democrats vying to take on Trump in November. The campaign counter-programmed Democrats last week with a campaign rally the day before Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses, where the party is still having difficulty declaring a winner follow the malfunction of a cell phone app used to report results.

Democrats spent the weekend barnstorming New Hampshire in their final push to court voters ahead of the primary, which begins at midnight Monday in the township of Dixville Notch. A new Quinnipac University poll Monday showed Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., taking the lead with 25% over former Vice President Joe Biden, who trailed at 17%. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was close behind at 15%, after seeing a surge in support.

The Republican primary is also Tuesday and Trump is expected to handily win over challengers Bill Weld, a former governor of Massachusetts, and Joe Walsh, a former U.S. House member from Illinois, who dropped his presidential bid last week.

- Courtney Subramanian

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump rallies in New Hampshire on eve of Democratic primary

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