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 TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest 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 SandersBernie SandersSanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest Krystal Ball tears into 'Never Trump' Republicans 2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest Pelosi wants to change law to allow a sitting president to be indicted MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTrump reignites court fight with Ninth Circuit pick MSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats 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 CruzState Department's top arms control official leaving Sanders NASA plan is definitely Earth first Trump judicial picks face rare GOP opposition 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.