Trump says he wants to unite the country 'eventually'

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE said he "eventually" wants to unite the country during a raucous Monday campaign rally where he repeatedly attacked Democrats and the news media. 

"I do eventually want to unite, but the fact is, we're driving them crazy," Trump said inside a packed Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. "They're going loco."

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Trump's rhetoric during his nearly two years as president has featured a constant, pointed onslaught against his opponents. 

His approach has come under scrutiny in the aftermath of a string of bombing attempts against prominent Democrats and a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue by suspects who have echoed some of his rhetoric. 

But Trump has refused to back down, saying his style fires up his core supporters. 

That was on display during his final day of campaigning before the midterm elections, when he went after Democrats on immigration and the confirmation battle for Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMcConnell has 17-point lead over Democratic challenger McGrath: poll Davis: My recommendation for vice president on Biden ticket Kavanaugh urged Supreme Court to avoid decisions on Trump finances, abortion: report MORE

Trump accused Democrats, without evidence, of wooing migrant caravans to the U.S. "to overwhelm your schools, your hospitals and your communities."

He also mocked Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersBill from Warren, Gillibrand and Waters would make Fed fight economic racial inequalities Waters rips Trump, GOP over mail-in ballots: 'They'll lie, cheat and steal to stay in power' CDC director says he wasn't involved in decision to reroute COVID-19 hospitalization data MORE (D-Calf.) as a "real genius" and dubbed Indiana Sen. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyEx-Sen. Joe Donnelly endorses Biden Lobbying world 70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents MORE (D) "Sleepin' Joe."

Trump repeatedly lambasted the "fake news media" for turning the cameras toward demonstrators in the crowds instead of Trump supporters.

"The cameras turned like a pretzel, did you see that? But they won't show these huge crowds," he said. "They don't turn because they're fake news. They're fake news." 

The president appeared to revel in the energetic crowd, which booed the interruptions of protesters and tried to drown them out with chants of "USA." 

"And by the way, is there anything like a Trump rally?” Trump asked.