Trump: Crowley 'Got His Ass Kicked' in Dem Primary

'She had a lot of energy. I guess he didn't see it'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2018 4:39 AM CDT
President Trump arrives for a campaign rally Wednesday in Fargo, ND.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – Rep. Joe Crowley, the No. 4 Democrat in the Senate, was defeated in his Democratic primary Tuesday—and President Trump couldn't resist crowing about it at a rally in North Dakota Wednesday. "A slovenly man named Joe Crowley got his ass kicked by a young woman who had a lot of energy," Trump told the crowd in Fargo, referring to 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. "She had a lot of energy. I guess he didn't see it. They couldn't find him." Trump was in the state to support GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer, who hopes to defeat Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in November, CNN reports. In other coverage:

  • Ocasio-Cortez supports impeaching Trump. Trump may have overlooked the fact that Ocasio-Cortez doesn't like him any more than Crowley does. She said this week that while she thinks the Democrats should run on policy issues, not just opposition to Trump, she supports impeaching the president and believes there's enough evidence to do so, Politico reports.

  • A "perfect storm" in Queens. The New York Times looks at the "perfect storm" of circumstances that led to Crowley, a powerful local Democratic Party boss, being defeated in New York's 14th District by Ocasio-Cortez, an outspoken socialist who would become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress if she wins in November. In a poll conducted three weeks before the election, Crowley was 36 points ahead.
  • Major shake-up for Democrats. With Crowley on his way out, the race for leadership positions in the House caucus is now seen as wide open—and progressive policies are on the way up. "It's a clarion call for bold, progressive leadership and having an agenda of 'Medicare for all,' free public college, [being] against police brutality, having a clear vision and conviction-based politics," California Rep. Ro Khanna tells the Hill.
  • More from Fargo. At Wednesday night's rally, Trump also slammed Rep. Maxine Waters, bashed "the elite" as "stone-cold losers," and said the justice who replaces retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy could be on the court for 40 to 45 years, CBS News reports. "I'm very honored that he chose to do it during my term in office because he felt confident in me," Trump said of Kennedy's retirement.
(Read more Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stories.)

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