Trump hits O'Rourke: 'Boy has he fallen like a rock'

Trump hits O'Rourke: 'Boy has he fallen like a rock'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE mocked 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke at a campaign rally on Wednesday as the Texas Democrat continues to slip in national polling. 

“I went to Texas and I made a speech, and Beto, Beto, boy has he fallen like a rock," Trump said at a rally in Panama City Beach, Fla. "What the hell happened to Beto?” 

Trump then referred to a night in February when he and O’Rourke held dueling campaign events in El Paso, Texas.


“His crowd was not massive, he had like 502 people according to the people who count crowds,” the president added, recalling a crowd that he boasted reached into the thousands.

The El Paso County Coliseum where Trump held his rally seats about 11,000 people, NBC News reported at the time. Trump said earlier in the evening that about 10,000 people were inside and claimed thousands more were watching on screens outside.

Bloomberg News reported at the time that O'Rourke, who had not yet announced his candidacy, drew between 10,000 and 15,000 people to his rally.

O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman who electrified the Democratic base during his bid to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz Hickenlooper, Bennet bring deep ties to 2020 debate stage 2020 Democrat Bennet releases comprehensive government reform plan GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers MORE (R-Texas) in 2018, announced his widely anticipated White House bid in March. O'Rourke raked in $6.1 million in his campaign’s first 24 hours.

Despite a seemingly strong start to his campaign, O'Rourke has slipped in the polls amid a crowded primary field that includes political heavyweights like former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden, Eastland and rejecting the cult of civility Inslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution Biden lays out immigration priorities, rips Trump for 'assault on dignity' MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate Progressive group launches campaign to identify voters who switch to Warren MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Democrat: 'My DM's are open and I actually read & respond' Group of wealthy Americans write open letter asking to be taxed more Inslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution MORE (D-Mass.)

The Texas Democrat most recently made headlines by joining other presidential contenders’ calls to impeach the president.

Trump also went after O'Rourke's fellow 2020 contender, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.