Trump attacks Blackburn opponent, ties him to Schumer and 'MS-13 lover Nancy Pelosi'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE went after former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) at a campaign rally Tuesday night, calling him a “total tool” of Democratic leaders while attempting to boost his Republican challenger Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnGraham, Van Hollen introduce Turkey sanctions bill Lawmakers toast Greta Van Susteren's new show GOP senators say Erdoğan White House invitation should be revoked MORE (Tenn.).

"So Marsha’s very liberal Democrat opponent, Phil Bredesen, I never heard of this guy, who is he?" Trump said at a rally in Nashville, Tenn. "He’s an absolute total tool of [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' Mattis responds to Trump criticism: 'I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals' Democrats vow to push for repeal of other Trump rules after loss on power plant rollback MORE [D-N.Y.] ... and of course the MS-13 lover [House Minority Leader] Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCummings to lie in state at the Capitol House Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union —Dem wants more changes to Pelosi drug pricing bill | Ebola outbreak wanes, but funding lags | Johnson & Johnson recalls batch of baby powder after asbestos traces found MORE [D-Calif.]."

"She loves MS-13, can you imagine?" the president continued. "Remember, I said they’re 'animals' and she said, 'how dare you say that.' "

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“Have you seen what they’ve done? Have you seen what they’re doing to us?” he said.

Trump continued to defend his characterization of MS-13 gang members as "animals," saying Tuesday, "They're not human beings."

Trump first used the term during a roundtable on so-called sanctuary cities earlier this month where he tried to paint Pelosi as being soft on the international gang, accusing her of "trying to defend" the group.

In an email to The Hill, a spokesperson for Pelosi noted a Politifact fact-check on Trump's claims.

Politifact found Trump's past statement that Pelosi "came out in favor of MS-13" was false. 

Trump argued Tuesday that if Bredesen wins the Tennessee Senate race, the Democrat would "do whatever Chuck and Nancy [want]."

Bredesen and Blackburn are locked in a tight race to replace retiring Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTrump's GOP impeachment firewall holds strong George Conway hits Republicans for not saying Trump's name while criticizing policy Trump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid MORE (R).