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Pelosi slams Trump's 'despicable attacks' on Waters at rally

Pelosi slams Trump's 'despicable attacks' on Waters at rally
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiVaccinated lawmakers no longer required to wear masks on House floor Simmering Democratic tensions show signs of boiling over Pelosi signals no further action against Omar MORE (D-Calif.) slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE over his comments about Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersTulsa marks race massacre centennial as US grapples with racial injustice Fauci may have unwittingly made himself a key witness for Trump in 'China Flu' hate-speech case Of inmates and asylums: Today's House Republicans make the John Birchers look quaint MORE (D-Calif.) during a rally on Thursday night.

Trump at the campaign-style rally in Montana called Waters a “low-IQ individual,” a claim that he has repeated many times. He speculated her IQ is “somewhere in the mid-60s.”

The average IQ is 85-114, and a mid-60s IQ indicates mental challenges.

 .@realDonaldTrump, instead of making despicable attacks on @RepMaxineWaters, why don’t you focus on reuniting the children you put into cages back with their families?” Pelosi tweeted Thursday night. “It’s been 9 days since a federal judge ordered you to. #FamiliesBelongTogether.”

Trump also took shots at Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDOJ to probe Trump-era subpoenas of lawmaker records Democrats demand Barr, Sessions testify on Apple data subpoenas Out-of-touch Democrats running scared of progressives MORE (D-N.Y.) at his rally Thursday night, while calling Waters – a vocal Trump critic who has called for his impeachment – “the new leader of the Democrat Party.”

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The president included the jabs while attacking Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), who is running for reelection this year in a state Trump won in the 2016 election. Tester's GOP opponent, Matt Rosendale, joined Trump at Thursday’s rally.

"A vote for Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterAntsy Democrats warn of infrastructure time crunch Bipartisan Senate group announces infrastructure deal 'The era of bipartisanship is over': Senate hits rough patch MORE is a vote for Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerDOJ to probe Trump-era subpoenas of lawmaker records Democrats demand Barr, Sessions testify on Apple data subpoenas Out-of-touch Democrats running scared of progressives MORE, Nancy Pelosi and the new leader of the Democrat Party, Maxine Waters," Trump said. "Where have they gone?"

Waters, who has long called for Trump’s impeachment, faced significant backlash last week for her comments encouraging her supporters to confront Trump administration officials in public.

“I have no sympathy for these people that are in this administration who know it is wrong, what they're doing, on so many fronts but they tend to not want to confront this president," Waters said at a Los Angeles rally.

“For these members of his Cabinet who remain and try to defend him ... The people are going to turn on them; they're going to protest. They're going to absolutely harass them until they decide that they're going to tell the president 'no I can't hang with you, this is wrong, this is unconscionable and we can't keep doing this to children,'" she said.

Waters and Pelosi’s comments come as the Trump administration continues to face scrutiny over its zero tolerance immigration policy, which resulted in migrant children being separated from their parents at the border.

Trump signed an executive order ending the family separation practice last month, but federal agencies are scrambling to reunite families that were separated while the adults faced prosecution for illegally crossing the border.

A federal judge on June 26 ordered the Trump administration to immediately move to reunify immigrant families that were separated under the administration’s hard-line immigration policy.

While the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is working to reunite families, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said "under 3,000" migrant children remain in government custody.