President Trump went after the media and his Democratic opponents while speaking at his rally in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, earlier this week. The president bashed The New York Times for their recent report on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, calling for resignations at the outlet. He went on to repeatedly compare his political opposition to “snakes.”
Much of the president’s attention at was spent addressing The New York Times and their revised reporting concerning accusations against Justice Kavanaugh. The Times accused Kavanaugh of an additional sexual assault allegation, though the outlet failed to mention that the alleged victim has no recollection of the incident. The timing of the story corresponds with multiple reports questioning the credibility of Christine Blasey Ford’s past accusations against Kavanaugh.
“The left tries to threaten, bully, [and] intimidate Americans into submission,” President Trump told the crowd. “They try to blacklist, coerce, cancel, or destroy anyone who gets in their way. Look at what they’re doing today to Justice Kavanaugh. Do you see — the Democrats are calling for his resignation.”
“They’re calling for his impeachment, and the woman involved said she doesn’t know anything,” the president continued. “So the New York Times had to put out a major apology, and they had to change their story — and they still want him to be impeached!”
“I call for the resignation of everybody at The New York Times involved in the Kavanaugh smear story, and while you’re at it, the Russian witch hunt hoax, which is just as phony a story. They’ve taken the old Grey Lady, so prestigious, and broken her down, destroyed her virtue, and ruined her reputation. She can never recover, and will never return to greatness under current management. The Times is dead,” the president said.
The president went on to compare his political rivals to snakes. “I don’t like snakes too much — we have plenty of them in New York and Washington — a different variety,” Trump told the crowd.
“We’ve got a lot of snakes in Washington, DC, we’ve got a lot of snakes in New York,” the president continued. “I don’t like either kind of snake. I think I like the kind on the ground better than the ones we have in Washington.”
President Trump also reached out to Hispanic voters during the event. Nearly 40 percent of New Mexico voters are Hispanic. “Yesterday marked the beginning of the Hispanic Heritage month,” President Trump said during the rally. “Who is Hispanic here? Latinos for Trump, right? Incredible people.”
“The unemployment for Hispanic Americans is right now at the lowest level in the history of our country,” Trump continued. “Hispanic American poverty reached a brand-new all-time low in history. And after years of stagnation that you know very well, wages for Hispanic Americans are rising really fast, up nearly 8 percent since my election. Those are unheard-of numbers. And median income for Hispanic Americans surpassed $50,000 for the first time ever. That’s not bad.”
New Mexico hasn’t elected a Republican presidential candidate since George W Bush in 2004. However, President Trump is hoping to end that streak in 2020. He lost in 2016 with 40 percent of the vote compared to Hillary Clinton’s 48 percent.