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Donald Trump knocks 2020 rivals during White House visit to La. plant

Tom Howell Jr. The Washington TimesMay 14, 2019

President Trump used an official visit to Louisiana to take a few swings at potential 2020 rivals in the Democratic primary field, saying they’re all “crazy” or flawed.

He took particular aim at the front-runners, saying he doesn’t recognize former Vice President Joseph R. Biden.

“Doesn’t look like the guy I knew,” he said.

“And Bernie. Bernie’s crazy,” he said of Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent who lost to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primary and is running again.

Mr. Trump knocked the Democratic candidates at a liquefied natural gas terminal in Hackberry, Louisiana.

He’s touting the opening of the Cameron LNG facility as part of his “America First” energy policy, saying it will create jobs and reduce reliance on foreign energy.

At times, the event sounded like one of his “Make America Great Again” campaign rallies.

He singled out Pete Buttigieg for his name, slowly pronouncing it as “Boot-edge-edge.”

And he dubbed Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, as “Pocahontas” a recurring, if controversial, nickname he uses to refer to her claims of Native American heritage.

Mr. Trump also jeered Beto O’Rourke, saying he’s falling “like a rock” after a big splash at his launch.

“Beto’s falling fast, what the hell happened?” Mr. Trump said of the former congressman from Texas.

“Three hundred fifty million people,” he added, “and that’s the best they can do?”

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