Trump says he wants to unite the country 'eventually'

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election 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 KavanaughElection 2020: Why I'm watching Amy and Andy Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation Protesters roll out a screen playing Blasey Ford's testimony ahead of Federalist Society dinner 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 WatersHouse passes Ex-Im Bank reboot bill opposed by White House, McConnell White House, McConnell come out against House bill on Ex-Im Bank Divides over China, fossil fuels threaten House deal to reboot Ex-Im Bank MORE (D-Calf.) as a "real genius" and dubbed Indiana Sen. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyWatchdog accuses pro-Kavanaugh group of sending illegal robotexts in 2018 Lobbying world Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand 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.