O'Rourke responds to Trump mocking his hand movements

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), who officially announced his 2020 presidential bid Thursday, responded to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate GOP budget ignores Trump, cuts defense Trump says he'll nominate Stephen Moore to Fed White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated MORE’s mocking of his hand movements by suggesting that voters are seeking "to rise above the pettiness" in political discourse.

“I have nothing to say to that," O'Rourke said in response to a question about Trump's criticism earlier Thursday.

"I think people want us to rise above the pettiness, the smallness — they want us to be big, bold, ambitious for this country. That's what I'm focused on and that's what I see here today in Burlington,” he said during a campaign stop in Burlington, Iowa.

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Trump referenced O’Rourke’s hand movements in response to a question about O'Rourke entering the race.

“I've never seen so much hand movement. I said, ‘Is he crazy or is that just the way he acts?’” Trump asked in the Oval Office, referring to a video of O'Rourke campaigning in Iowa, where he waved and shook his hands emphatically as he spoke.

O'Rourke joined a crowded field Thursday of over a dozen Democrats hoping to take on Trump next year in the race for the White House. He joins Sens. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDemocratic Socialists of America endorses Sanders for president Trump on 2020 Dems skipping AIPAC: 'I think they're anti-Jewish' The Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump on 2020 Dems skipping AIPAC: 'I think they're anti-Jewish' The Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game 2020 Dems avoid this year's AIPAC conference MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCNN town halls put network at center of Dem primary Trump on 2020 Dems skipping AIPAC: 'I think they're anti-Jewish' The Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBooker gains first endorsement from state lawmaker in South Carolina CNN town halls put network at center of Dem primary Amy Poehler reveals which Dem candidates her 'Parks and Recreation' character might vote for MORE (D-N.J.), among others, in seeking the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination.

The former congressman served three terms in the lower chamber before mounting an unsuccessful bid to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCNN town halls put network at center of Dem primary The Memo: Trump can't let go of McCain grudge Michael Bennet 'encouraged' in possible presidential bid: report MORE (R-Texas) in 2018. O'Rourke drew the attention of former Obama advisers, Oprah Winfrey and key Democratic donors with his fundraising prowess and narrow loss to Cruz in deep-red Texas.