Trump holds New Hampshire campaign rally on the eve of primary

MANCHESTER, N.H. — President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate 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, Cuellar press Biden to name border czar Trump takes two punches from GOP The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands MORE (R-S.C.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulUp next in the culture wars: Adding women to the draft The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators Only two people cited by TSA for mask violations have agreed to pay fine 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 SandersSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Bipartisan infrastructure win shows Democrats must continue working across the aisle 'The land is us' — Tribal activist turns from Keystone XL to Line 3 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 PelosiManchin on reported boos at Democratic luncheon: 'I heard a lot of nos' Kinzinger supports Jan. 6 panel subpoenas for Republicans, including McCarthy Ocasio-Cortez: Democrats can't blame GOP for end of eviction moratorium 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 ClintonClintons, Stacey Abrams meeting Texas Democrats Biden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote 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.”