Trump holds New Hampshire campaign rally on the eve of primary

MANCHESTER, N.H. — President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE held a campaign rally here on the eve of the nation's first 2020 presidential primary, offering counterprogramming to the Democrats barnstorming the Granite State in their efforts to replace him.

"Who is their weakest candidate? I think they’re all weak," Trump said Monday. "They're all fighting each other. They're all going after each other."

He also took multiple shots at the party’s handling of last week's muddled Iowa caucuses amid the ongoing fallout over the irregularities in the final delegate calculations. 


"The Democratic Party wants to run your health care, but they can’t even run the caucus in Iowa," Trump said. 

“Does anyone even know who won Iowa?” he continued to laughter, even directing the question to Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham says FBI chief 'committed to being helpful' after Trump criticism Democrat flips GOP-held state House seat in South Carolina Ron Johnson signals some GOP senators concerned about his Obama-era probes MORE (R-S.C.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulWatchdog calls for probe into Gohmert 'disregarding public health guidance' on COVID-19 Massie plans to donate plasma after testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies After trillions in tax cuts for the rich, Republicans refuse to help struggling Americans MORE (R-K.y.). 

Trump appeared to suggest, as he has in the past, that the Democratic Party is rigging the primary against progressive Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersChris Wallace: Trump struggling with attacks on 'shape-shifter' Harris Kamala Harris: The outreach Latinos need Biden and Harris seen as more moderate than Trump and Pence: poll MORE (I-Vt.). 

“I think they’re trying to take it away from Bernie,” Trump said. “They’re doing it to you Bernie. They’re doing it to you again.” 

The rally, which took place in downtown Manchester, went on largely interrupted, with no noticeable protesters in the venue. The arena was nearly filled, with lines of people left outside in case more space was made available. 


Trump also visited Iowa on the eve of the caucuses in hopes of stealing thunder from the Democratic candidates in that state. 

While Democrats were reeling last week over the chaos surrounding the caucuses, the president had a week of positive headlines, including delivering his third State of the Union address the day before being acquitted in his Senate impeachment trial. The week was topped off with the news that the economy added 225,000 jobs last month, exceeding expectations.  

Trump made mention on Monday of his State of the Union — and the evident tensions with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSusan Collins asks postmaster general to address delays of 'critically needed mail' Trump says he'd sign bill funding USPS but won't seek changes to help mail voting On The Money: Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief agreement | Weekly jobless claims fall below 1 million for first time since March | Trump says no Post Office funding means Democrats 'can't have universal mail-in voting' MORE (D-Calif.). Ahead of the annual speech, Trump snubbed Pelosi when she went to shake his hand, and the Speaker later went viral when she tore up her copy of the address once Trump was done. 

"I had somebody behind me who was mumbling terribly. Mumbling," Trump said. "Very distracting."

"No, it was very distracting," he added. "I’m speaking, and a woman is mumbling terribly behind me, angry."


In response, the crowd broke out into chants of "lock her up." 

While Trump will all but certainly win the Republican primary in New Hampshire tomorrow, the visit underscored his reelection campaign's interest in growing his support in the state, which he won in the crowded 2016 Republican primary but narrowly lost to Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal Gloria Steinem: Selection of Kamala Harris recognizes that 'black women ... are the heart and soul of the Democratic Party' MORE in the general election. 

“We firmly believe that New Hampshire is a state that we can put in the president’s column in 2020,” Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told The Hill. “This is all about getting the Trump ground army ready for November.”