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

President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee 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 BlackburnGarland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks Judiciary Committee greenlights Garland's AG nomination Passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy 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 SchumerChuck SchumerSenate panel splits along party lines on Becerra House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade A Biden stumble on China? MORE [D-N.Y.] ... and of course the MS-13 lover [House Minority Leader] Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Democrats deals to bolster support for relief bill | Biden tries to keep Democrats together | Retailers fear a return of the mask wars Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief Biden urges Democrats to advocate for rescue package 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 CorkerIt's time for Biden's Cuba GOP lawmaker patience runs thin with Trump tactics Former GOP senator: Republicans cannot let Trump's 'reckless' post-election claims stand MORE (R).