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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTariffs threaten 1.5m jobs: Study Trump says he'll meet with dictators if it helps the US Barr to launch anti-gun violence initiative during public impeachment hearing MORE on Friday tore into "poor bastard" Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke says he 'absolutely' plans to stay in politics Krystal Ball: Buttigieg is 'the boomer candidate' Language is a weapon in political warfare — if the media play along 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 CruzTrump circuit court nominee in jeopardy amid GOP opposition Trump has officially appointed one in four circuit court judges On The Money: Retirement savings bill blocked in Senate after fight over amendments | Stopgap bill may set up December spending fight | Hardwood industry pleads for relief from Trump trade war 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?'"  

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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.