Trump rallies in West Virginia

By Christina Kline, CNN
8:23 a.m. ET, October 1, 2018
9:10 p.m. ET, September 29, 2018

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

Trumps continues to hit Dems throughout his speech

Betsy Klein

President Donald Trump spent a large portion of his West Virginia rally casting the Republican party as a party of security and prosperity and the Democratic party as a party at odds with law and order.

“The Democratic party will stop at nothing to run your lives, run down your values, and ransack our nation’s wealth. They will turn it around, make it bad so fast,” he warned.

Trump also said the Democrats want to abolish ICE and support sanctuary cities and open borders.

He mimicked the Democrats: “We want open borders, we want high taxes, we want crime, because basically they’re saying – they have crime, they have high taxes, they have open borders oh, and by the way, we don’t want to fund the military.”

He repeated what he’s said before: He doesn’t want to call it the “Democratic” party anymore.

“I hate the way it sounds,” he said, calling it the “Democrat party” for the rest of his remarks. 

He continued, “If you want to protect American communities, then you need to vote Republican,” naming Senate candidate Patrick Morrissey.

“This election is about security and it’s about prosperity,” he said.

9:07 p.m. ET, September 29, 2018

Trump appears to mock 'thousand points of light'

Betsy Klein

President Donald Trump appeared to mock phrase “thousand points of light,” which is also the name of an organization started by former President George H. W. Bush to support volunteerism. (Trump has done this in the past.)

He was deadpanning presidential behavior in a monotone voice.

“It’s so easy to be presidential. All I have to do is: ‘Thank you very much… it’s great to see you, you are great Americans. Thousand Points of Light, which nobody has really figured out. And thank you, ladies and gentlemen.’”

8:59 p.m. ET, September 29, 2018

Trump says 'I didn't give up anything' on North Korea

Betsy Klein

The President talked about his meeting with Kim Jong Un, saying the US is “doing great with North Korea” and he “fell in love” with the North Korean leader.

“I was being tough and so was he, and we were back and forth, then we fell in love. He wrote me beautiful letters and they were great letters. We fell in love,” he said, immediately noting that the media would say he was being “unpresidential.”

“Trump said they fell in love, how horrible,” he mocked. He dismissed criticism that he gave anything up to North Korea, touting the return of the remains of “our great heroes” and getting the hostages back.

“I didn’t give up anything,” he said.

8:50 p.m. ET, September 29, 2018

Trump suggests Dems have moved so far left, Warren is 'considered a conservative'

Betsy Klein

Hours after Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she was open to exploring a presidential bid, President Donald Trump referenced her at his West Virginia rally, suggesting that Democrats have gone so far left that she is a conservative in comparison.

The party, he said, is “so far left, Pocahontas is considered a conservative.” (The President has used the slur "Pocahontas" since the 2016 presidential campaign to skewer Warren's claims -- passed down through family stories, Warren says -- of Cherokee and Delaware ancestry.)

Warren is “considered like a conservative person,” he said, adding that Democrats have “gone crazy.”

“They’ve gone loco,” he said.

8:30 p.m. ET, September 29, 2018

Morrisey briefly references Kavanaugh

Betsy Klein

West Virginia Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey briefly mentioned Judge Brett Kavanaugh when he spoke from the podium.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we must confirm Judge Kavanaugh,” he said.

He also hit his opponent Joe Manchin, and sought to tie him to the DC establishment, calling him “Washington liberal Joe Manchin,” noting his vote against tax cuts.

8:29 p.m. ET, September 29, 2018

Candidate Patrick Morrisey joins Trump on stage

West Virginia Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey spoke from the stage, telling attendees to "stand with someone who puts you first, America first and West Virginia first."

"Joe's gotta go" Morissey said, referring to his opponent, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin. 

8:50 p.m. ET, September 29, 2018

Trump hits Democrats: They're on a mission to 'resist and obstruct'

Betsy Klein

The President obliquely referred to the situation surrounding his Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh while talking about the importance of Republican turnout in the midterm elections.

“All of what we’ve done is at stake in November. Five weeks away from one of the most important elections in our lifetimes. This is one of the big, big --  I’m not running but I’m really running that’s why I’m all over the place fighting for great candidates,” he said.

Trump continued, “You see this horrible, horrible radical group of Democrats, you see it happening right now. And they’re determined to take back power by using any means necessary, you see the meanness, the nastiness. They don’t care who they hurt, who they have to run over in order to get power and control, that’s what they want is power and control, we’re not going to give it to them.”

Democrats, he said, are on a mission to “resist and obstruct.”

“And you see that over the last four days,” he said, calling the Democrats “angry and mean and nasty and untruthful.”

He referenced Senate Judiciary Committee ranking Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein by name, which received loud boos from the audience.

“Remember her answer? Did you leak the document? Uh, uh, what. No, uh no, I wait one – that was really bad body language – the worst body language I’ve ever seen.”

8:50 p.m. ET, September 29, 2018

Trump says Brett Kavanaugh 'suffered the meanness, the anger' of the Democratic party

Betsy Klein

President Donald Trump praised his Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, tying a vote for the nominee to combatting the Democratic party’s tactics.

“On Thursday the American people saw the brilliant and quality and courage of our nominee for the United States Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” he said to applause.

“A vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh is a vote to confirm one of the most accomplished legal minds of our time, a jurist with a sterling record of public service,” he said.

Trump said that Kavanaugh has “suffered the meanness, the anger” of the Democratic party, adding, “A vote for Judge Kavanaugh is a vote to reject the ruthless and outrageous tactics of the Democratic party.”