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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE on Friday tore into “poor bastard” Beto O’RourkeBeto O’RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats’ virtual convention: report O’Rourke on Texas reopening: ‘Dangerous, dumb and weak’ Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE hours after the former Texas congressman announced he was dropping out of the Democratic presidential race.
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“Oh did you hear? Beto,” Trump riffed to supporters during a campaign rally in Mississippi. “Oh, that poor bastard. Poor pathetic guy. He was pathetic.”
The president mocked O’Rourke for his failed Senate run against Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police MORE (R-Texas) and his emphatic arm gestures.
“Does he ever stand on the floor and speak?” Trump said. “He’s waving his arms and going crazy, and I said, ‘What the hell is [he] doing? What is he on?'”
“Beto. Ah, that poor bastard. Poor pathetic guy. He was pathetic. Remember, the arms are flailing, remember that?” pic.twitter.com/s9zZfFHOgt
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Trump also chided O’Rourke over a quote he gave to Vanity Fair at the outset of his campaign, in which he said, “Man, I’m just born to be in it.”
“Anybody who says they were born for this, they’re in trouble,” Trump said.
The former El Paso congressman announced earlier Friday evening that it had become clear he did not have the means to keep his campaign afloat, an acknowledgement of the financial struggles he has faced in recent months.
O’Rourke was unable to muster the same enthusiasm he garnered during his Senate campaign last year.
O’Rourke sparked unease among Republicans and even some Democrats with his unapologetic views on gun control, declaring in a debate that “hell yes” he would take back assault rifles as part of a sweeping agenda to curb gun violence.