President Trump holds a rally in Wisconsin

9:01 p.m. ET, April 27, 2019

Trump: Jussie Smollett case is a "disgrace to our nation"

President Trump called Jussie Smollett — the "Empire" actor who had been accused of staging a hate crime and filing a false police report, but later had all charges dropped against him — a "third-rate actor."

"That case in Chicago is a disgrace to our nation," Trump said. "He said he was beat up by 'MAGA country.' Turned out to be a total lie."

What Smollett alleged happened: Police said that the actor told detectives he was attacked earlier this year by two men near the lower entrance of a Loews hotel in Chicago. Police were told the two men yelled "'Empire' fa***t" and "'Empire' n***er'" while striking him.

In a supplemental interview with authorities, Smollett claimed one of the attackers also shouted, "This is MAGA country," a reference to President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan.

8:50 p.m. ET, April 27, 2019

Trump: Russia probe was "greatest political hoax in American history"

President Trump brought up special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian inference in the 2016 election, calling it the "greatest political hoax in American history" and a "witch hunt."

"This witch hunt was never really just about me. It was always about stopping you — the millions and millions of freedom-loving citizens who rose up on that incredible November day, remember that day?” Trump said as the audience cheered.

Some background: The Department of Justice released a redacted copy of Mueller's report last week. Those close to him say Trump is furious at the people whose extensive interviews with the special counsel's office created the epic depiction of a chaotic White House. 

8:45 p.m. ET, April 27, 2019

Trump praises border patrol agent who officials say fired at alleged synagogue shooter

President Trump addressed the synagogue shooting in San Diego at the top of his rally tonight. He singled out an off-duty border patrol agent who officials say fired at the alleged shooter.

The President said the agent “bravely returned fire and helped disrupt the attack.”

Earlier on Twitter, Trump credited the agent for stopping the attack:

He also said he spoke with Mayor Steve Vaus of Poway and Gov. Gavin Newsom of California. He said he told the two that “we stand together and will all get to the bottom of it."

"We’ll got to the bottom of a lot of things happening in our country," Trump said.

At least one person was killed and three more were injured in a shooting at a San Diego-area synagogue earlier today, the last day of Passover.

8:43 p.m. ET, April 27, 2019

Trump mocks "Sleepy Joe," "Crazy Bernie" and "Pocahontas"

President Trump took shots at at least three of the Democratic candidates running for president in 2020: "Sleepy Joe," "Crazy Bernie" and "Pocahontas."

"I think Pocahontas, she's finished, she's out," Trump said, using his long-running nickname for Sen. Elizabeth Warren. He again criticized her claim to some sliver of Native American heritage.

"When it was found that I had more Indian blood in me than she did. And then it was determined that I had none, but I still had more," Trump said.

The President also mentioned "Sleepy Joe" Biden and "Crazy Bernie" Sanders and suggested they could not hold the kind of rallies he hosts.

"Can you imagine any of these people up here doing what I'm doing?" he asked the crowd.

8:32 p.m. ET, April 27, 2019

Trump: "America's heart is with the victims of the horrific synagogue shooting"

President Trump addressed the deadly shooting at a California synagogue at the start of his rally, offering prayers for the victims and condemning anti-Semitism.

“Tonight, America’s heart is with the victims of the horrific synagogue shooting,” he said, adding that the entire nation “stands in solidarity with the Jewish community."

Trump said anti-Semitism and hate “must be defeated."

At least one person was killed and three more were injured in a shooting at a San Diego-area synagogue earlier today, the last day of Passover.

8:10 p.m. ET, April 27, 2019

Here's what happened at Trump's rally last year

Last year, President Trump also held a campaign rally instead of attending the White House Correspondents' dinner. Speaking in Michigan, the President criticized Democrats and the media, and touted what he described as his accomplishments in office.

Here's a look back at last year's rally:

  • Trump was optimistic about the midterm elections: "I think we're going to do great in the Senate, and I think we're going to do great in the House," he said.
  • He attacked James Comey: Trump said he did the US "a great favor" by firing the former FBI director. "Comey's a liar and a leaker," Trump said.
  • Trump threatened a government shutdown over the wall: "If we don't get border security, we'll have no choice. We'll close down the country because we need border security," he said.
  • He talked up his time in office: The President reflected on his work on trade, border security, tax cuts, and counterterrorism efforts, boasting that "nobody has done what we've done."