President Trump used a revved-up rally Thursday in Cincinnati to tear into the Democrats he has been elevating as his new political foils, attacking four liberal congresswomen and their party's urban leaders, while also training fire on those he could be facing in 2020. But the president mostly avoided the racial controversy that has dominated recent weeks as he basked in front of the raucous crowd for nearly 90 minutes, unleashing broadside after broadside on his political foes. Trump, who had faced widespread criticism for not doing more to stop the chants of "Send her back" about Somali-born Rep. Ilhan Omar at a rally last month, seemed to want to avoid further furor, urging his supporters ahead of the rally to avoid the chant and largely sticking to a greatest hits performance, the AP reports.
But while he did not mention Omar or her three colleagues by name in the opening moments of his Ohio gathering, the target of his attacks was unmistakable. "The Democrat party is now being led by four left-wing extremists who reject everything that we hold dear," Trump said of Omar and her fellow House Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley. But the fleeting mention did not lead to further chants. The crowd did, however, chant "Lock her up" after Trump spoke about Hillary Clinton, the Hill reports. "Do you remember when Hillary used the word 'deplorable'?" he said. "Deplorable was not a good day for Hillary. Crooked Hillary. She is a crooked one."
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