President Trump holds a rally in Nashville

By Veronica Rocha and Brian Ries, CNN
updated 10:27 p.m. ET, May 29, 2018
10:05 p.m. ET, May 29, 2018

5 key quotes from Trump's rally in Tennessee

US President Donald Trump addresses a rally at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 29, 2018.

President Trump took aim at Democrats and praised his administration's work at a campaign rally tonight in Tennessee.

Trump was in Nashville to campaign for Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who's looking to replace the retiring Sen. Bob Corker.

If you missed it, here are Trump's key quotes:

  • On Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer: "They don't want the wall, they want open borders, they're more interested in taking care of criminals than they are of taking care of you."
  • On rapper Jay-Z: “The only way (Hillary Clinton) filled up the arena was to get Jay-Z. And his language was so filthy that it made me, like, the most clean-cut human being on earth. It’s true.”
  • On John McCain's Obamacare vote: "That cost our country a lot. That was a very, very terrible thing that happened that night." 
  • On national security adviser John Bolton: “Where is John Bolton? Great John Bolton. They think he’s so nasty and so tough that I have to hold him back, okay?"
  • On the claim that spies were planted in his campaign: "So how do you like the fact they had people infiltrating our campaign? Can you imagine? Can you imagine? People infiltrating our campaign."
10:27 p.m. ET, May 29, 2018

President Trump promises to rebuild country with his "big beautiful hands"

From CNN's Betsy Klein

President Donald Trump is still talking about his hands.

During a portion of his speech on infrastructure, he said, “We will build new strength into our country, we will breathe new hope into our communities, and we will do it all with these big beautiful hands, look at these hands.”

Trump flexed his hands to applause.

9:26 p.m. ET, May 29, 2018

Trump doubles down on calling MS-13 gang members "animals"

From CNN's Betsy Klein

President Trump is not only doubling down on calling MS-13 members “animals,” he’s making it a campaign rallying cry.

Describing the gang members as “not human beings” and “bloodthirsty,” Trump did a call and repeat.

“What was the name?” he said, pointing to his ear.

“Animals!” the Nashville crowd responded.

 

9:26 p.m. ET, May 29, 2018

President Trump praises the "Great John Bolton"

From CNN's Betsy Klein

President Trump called out his national security adviser during a portion of his speech on opening up the US Embassy in Jerusalem.

“Where is John Bolton? Great John Bolton," he said. "They think he’s so nasty and so tough that I have to hold him back, okay?"

"Pretty great — and he’s doing a great job, and you better get some rest because we have some pretty big negotiations," he added.

9:18 p.m. ET, May 29, 2018

Trump says Jay-Z's campaign language was "so filthy" that it made him look "clean cut"

From CNN's Betsy Klein

Again recalling his 2016 campaign victory, President Trump hit Hillary Clinton and one of her campaign surrogates, the rapper Jay-Z, who Trump said used “filthy” language that made the President look “clean-cut” by comparison.

“The only way she filled up the arena was to get Jay-Z,” he said to boos.

“And his language was so filthy that it made me, like, the most clean-cut human being on earth. It’s true.”

Trump continued, “He’d stand up there before those crowds, and by the way, without any musical instruments, I had much bigger crowds than he was drawing. But he’d stand up before those crowds, and he’d use the F-word and Hillary would sit back — oh I’m in trouble, oy, please don’t have him use that kind of language anymore, and then he’d finish, and everybody would leave, and she’d be standing up making a speech to 400 people.”

He again noted that Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen “supported her.”

Trump, of course, was caught in a leaked 2005 Access Hollywood video saying of women that he felt entitled to "grab them by the pussy," and also called Sen. Ted Cruz a "pussy," repeated words of an audience member.

9:08 p.m. ET, May 29, 2018

Trump says McCain's vote against Obamacare repeal "cost our country a lot"

President Trump, speaking tonight in Tennessee, criticized Sen. John McCain's famous thumb-down vote against the Obamacare repeal.

Without naming McCain, Trump said his administration thought they had enough votes to repeal Obamacare in a story recounting that historic night.

"We had it done, folks. It was done," the President said. "And then early in the morning, somebody turned their hand in the wrong direction."

The remark drew a round of boos from the crowd.

"That cost our country a lot," he said. "That was a very, very terrible thing that happened that night." 

Trump continued: "And nobody knew that was going to happen because we had it done. Repeal and replace. And the person that voted that way only talked repeal and replace. He campaigned on it."

McCain is currently home in Arizona undergoing treatment for brain cancer.

Watch McCain's historic vote:

9:02 p.m. ET, May 29, 2018

Trump goes after "Chuck and Nancy" at Nashville rally

From CNN's Eric Bradner

President Donald Trump lambasted "Chuck and Nancy" and told supporters in Tennessee at a rally on Tuesday that Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen would do the bidding of Democratic congressional leaders. 

Trump was in Nashville to campaign for Bredesen's Republican opponent, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, in the race to replace the retiring Sen. Bob Corker.

"I never heard of this guy, who is he? Who is he?" Trump said of Bredesen. "He's an absolute, total tool of Chuck -- of Chuck Schumer. He's a tool of Chuck Schumer and of course the MS-13 lover Nancy Pelosi."

Bredesen is, in fact, a popular former Nashville mayor and Tennessee governor, but he last ran for public office in 2006. He has led Blackburn in recent polls.

Trump latched Bredesen to Schumer, the Senate minority leader, and Pelosi, the House minority leader, as well as former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

"If Bredesen were ever to get elected," Trump said, "he would do whatever Chuck and Nancy -- remember the term, 'Chuck and Nancy?' They don't want the wall, they want open borders, they're more interested in taking care of criminals than they are of taking care of you -- Bredesen donated a lot of money to the campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton."

"Crooked Hillary," Trump added, as the crowd chanted "lock her up."

Trump also claimed that Pelosi "loves MS-13," the gang whose members Trump claimed are being deported "by the thousands."

8:55 p.m. ET, May 29, 2018

Trump repeats "spy" allegations, says people were infiltrating his campaign

President Trump has escalated his attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation in recent weeks.

Last week, he demanded the Justice Department look into whether the Obama administration planted a "spy" in his campaign, although US officials have told CNN that the confidential source was not planted inside the campaign.

Tonight, Trump repeated the claim to his supporters at a campaign rally in Tennessee.

"So how do you like the fact they had people infiltrating our campaign?" he asked the crowd. "Can you imagine? Can you imagine? People infiltrating our campaign."

"Is there anybody in this big, beautiful arena right now that's infiltrating our campaign? Will you please raise your hand? That would take courage, huh? No, look, you take a look what's going on. Never in the history of our country has something taken place like took place during this election."

8:46 p.m. ET, May 29, 2018

Trump: Nancy Pelosi "loves MS-13"

President Trump blasted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tonight at the campaign rally and said she loved the dangerous street gang MS-13.

"She loves MS-13," he said.

Trump slammed Rep. Marsh Blackburn's opponent, former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen, and called him a "tool of Chuck Schumer."

"I never heard of this guy," the President said. "Who is he? He is an absolute total tool of Chuck Schumer."

"He's a tool of Chuck Schumer and, of course, the MS-13 lover Nancy Pelosi."