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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPentagon update to missile defense doctrine will explore space-base technologies, lasers to counter threats Giuliani: 'I never said there was no collusion' between the Trump campaign and Russia Former congressmen, RNC members appointed to Trump administration roles 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 BlackburnBarr hearing marks first time Senate Judiciary has GOP women serving on panel Live coverage: Trump AG pick grilled on Mueller probe at confirmation hearing Overnight Defense: Appeals court sides with Trump on transgender military ban | Trump threatens years-long shutdown | Trump floats declaring national emergency to build wall with military 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 SchumerCardi B expresses solidarity with federal workers not getting paid Government shutdown impasse is a leveraging crisis Overnight Health Care: Dem chair meets Trump health chief on drug prices | Trump officials sued over new Kentucky Medicaid work rules | Democrats vow to lift ban on federal funds for abortions MORE [D-N.Y.] ... and of course the MS-13 lover [House Minority Leader] Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOvernight Health Care: Dem chair plans hearing on Medicare for all | Senate GOP talks drug prices with Trump health chief | PhRMA CEO hopeful Trump reverses course on controversial pricing proposal Centrist efforts to convince Trump to end shutdown falter On The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions 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 CorkerThe Memo: Romney moves stir worries in Trump World Senate GOP names first female members to Judiciary panel Former US special envoy to anti-ISIS coalition joins Stanford University as lecturer MORE (R).