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Trump: Rallygoer Has 'Serious Weight Problem'

He apparently mistook man for protester
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2019 4:54 AM CDT
A Trump supporter, center, grabs a protester's sign as President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Manchester, NH.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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(Newser) – America has "the hottest economy in the world," but amid signs of a recession, voters face economic catastrophe if they choose somebody else next year, President Trump told a campaign rally in New Hampshire Thursday night. If he hadn't been elected in 2016, "these markets would have crashed. That will happen even more so in 2020. You have no choice but to vote for me, because your 401(k), everything is going to be down the tubes," he said, per Politico, adding: "Whether you love me or hate me, you have got to vote for me." The president, speaking at his first rally since the mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso, said his administration will "take mentally deranged and dangerous people off of the streets" but "will always uphold the Second Amendment," Fox reports.

A chant of "Send her back" failed to take hold after Trump mentioned Rep. Ilhan Omar, though "Lock her up" caught on after he mentioned Hillary Clinton's emails, Politico notes. The president also praised state Rep. Al Baldasaro, a former Trump adviser who said in 2016 that Clinton should be "shot for treason" over the Benghazi attacks. The AP reports that the rally was interrupted after about 30 minutes by a small group of protesters—and as they were being led out, the president apparently mistook a burly man in a "Trump 2020" shirt who shook his fist at them for one of the protesters. "That guy's got a serious weight problem. Go home. Start exercising. Get him out of here, please," the president said, adding: "Got a bigger problem than I do." (Read more Trump 2020 stories.)

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