SPONSORED:

Trump jabs 'poor bastard' O'Rourke after he drops out of White House race

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE on Friday tore into "poor bastard" Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeTexas Dems highlight health care in fight to flip state House Union leader vows 'infrequent' minority voters will help deliver Biden victory Jimmy Carter says his son smoked pot with Willie Nelson on White House roof MORE hours after the former Texas congressman announced he was dropping out of the Democratic presidential race.

"Oh did you hear? Beto," Trump riffed to supporters during a campaign rally in Mississippi. "Oh, that poor bastard. Poor pathetic guy. He was pathetic."

The president mocked O'Rourke for his failed Senate run against Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate Republicans offer constitutional amendment to block Supreme Court packing 10 bellwether counties that could signal where the election is headed Conservatives seize on New York Post story to push Section 230 reform MORE (R-Texas) and his emphatic arm gestures.

"Does he ever stand on the floor and speak?" Trump said. "He’s waving his arms and going crazy, and I said, 'What the hell is [he] doing? What is he on?'"  

ADVERTISEMENT

Trump also chided O'Rourke over a quote he gave to Vanity Fair at the outset of his campaign, in which he said, "Man, I'm just born to be in it." 

"Anybody who says they were born for this, they’re in trouble," Trump said.

The former El Paso congressman announced earlier Friday evening that it had become clear he did not have the means to keep his campaign afloat, an acknowledgement of the financial struggles he has faced in recent months.

O'Rourke was unable to muster the same enthusiasm he garnered during his Senate campaign last year.

O'Rourke sparked unease among Republicans and even some Democrats with his unapologetic views on gun control, declaring in a debate that "hell yes" he would take back assault rifles as part of a sweeping agenda to curb gun violence.