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‘You have no choice but to vote for me’

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MANCHESTER, N.H. — President Donald Trump made a rare move Thursday night — holding a rally in a state he didn’t win in 2016, with a stop in New Hampshire.

Trump has spent most of his time as president in the key swing states of Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania. But his advisers urged him to make a stop in New Hampshire, which he lost by less than 3,000 votes, despite having just four electoral votes.

In an election that could again turn on a razor’s edge, every vote will count. With New Hampshire at the center of the Democratic primaries, the rally gave Trump an opportunity to hit back at his Democratic rivals after months of being attacked by them as they campaign in the state. He took the opportunity to again accuse the party of being socialists who want to tear America apart.

“They look down upon the hardworking citizens who truly make our country run,” Trump said of Democrats, though he made only glancing references to 2020 rivals such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. and former Vice President Joe Biden, and to Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., whose planned trip to Israel was short-circuited on Thursday following presidential tweets urging the government there to deny her entry.

Trump suggested without evidence that the only reason he lost New Hampshire in 2016 was because the election here was stolen from him.

“New Hampshire should have been won last time, except we had a lot of people come in at the last moment, which was a rather strange situation,” Trump told reporters before departing his Bedminster, New Jersey summer retreat for the rally in Manchester. “Thousands and thousands of people coming in from locations unknown. But I knew where their location was.”

It was a claim he repeated during the rally. “New Hampshire was taken from us,” he said.

In an hour and a half speech, Trump hit on most of his usual themes — emphasizing the economy and saying New Hampshire had been hit worse than most other states by negative long-term trends.

“You look like central casting for the closing of factories,” Trump said.

New Hampshire, which had a 2.8 percent unemployment rate when Trump took office, has continued to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.

In a week when bond markets flashed what has historically been a major recession warning and the stock market had its worst day of the year to date, the president rolled out both his positive and negative economic pitches, again arguing that if he lost, the stock market would plummet.

“You have no choice but to vote for me, because [otherwise] your 401K is down the tubes. Everything’s going to be down the tubes,” Trump said. “So whether you love me or hate me, you’ve gotta vote for me.”

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El Paso’s GOP mayor says Trump insulted him after visiting mass shooting victims

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The Republican mayor of El Paso, Texas, said that President Donald Trump mocked him as a fake Republican last week during his visit to the border city following a deadly mass shooting there.

Dee Margo told PBS’ “Frontline” in an interview – excerpts of which were published Wednesday – that Trump called him a RINO, a derisive moniker meaning “Republican in Name Only,” when the two met after the president visited hospital staff and shooting survivors. The shooting, which targeted Latino immigrants, left 22 people dead and dozens injured earlier this month.

According to Margo, Trump was still steaming over a back-and-forth they had in February over his long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

“He said, ‘You’re a RINO,’ and I said, ‘No sir, I’m not a RINO, I simply corrected the misinformation you were given by our attorney general, and that’s all I did’,” Margo told “Frontline,” adding that the president grinned when the mayor pushed back against the nickname.

RINO is often used by Republicans to disparage others within the party who are not sufficiently conservative.

Trump sharply criticized the mayor in February during an El Paso campaign rally, saying Margo and others were “full of crap” for saying portions of the wall built nearby did not reduce crime in the city.

“And I don’t care if a mayor is a Republican or a Democrat, they’re full of crap when they say it hasn’t made a big difference,” Trump said at the time. Margo excoriated Trump when he made similar comments during his State of the Union address earlier this year.

“El Paso was NEVER one of the MOST dangerous cities in the US. We‘ve had a fence for 10 years and it has impacted illegal immigration and curbed criminal activity. It is NOT the sole deterrent. Law enforcement in our community continues to keep us safe,” Margo tweeted in February.

Margo quipped at the “full of crap” remark, telling “Frontline” that “I’ve been to a proctologist and I’m doing much better.” He added that he hoped after their conversation that Trump “wouldn’t say that now.”

A physical barrier would not have prevented the Aug. 3 attack in an El Paso Walmart, which authorities said was carried out by a 21-year-old American man who wanted to target people of Mexican descent. Trump, who has called immigrants rapists, criminals and an infestation, rejected that his rhetoric contributed to the violence, calling his critics “political people.”

Margo told Frontline that as the two discussed immigration and border security, he told Trump that a border wall is not a “panacea.”

“I said, ‘If you want to deal with immigration, the first thing you do is you have Homeland Security define what is a secure border and what they need in the way of resources to handle that,’” Margo told the network. He added that his comments refuting misinformation about crime in El Paso seemed to “resonate” with Trump.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment.



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The race for the 2020 Democratic nomination is on. Who’s in, and, increasingly, who’s out.

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First it was challengers “taking a look at,” “thinking about” and “not ruling out” a White House bid. Now the field of people who want President Donald Trump’s job isn’t growing like it once was, and may be at the start of its inevitable shrinkage.

Here’s a timeline of the Democratic presidential candidate field, with slash marks denoting those who took themselves out of the running.

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