The White House worked hard to paint President Donald Trump’s trips to meet with victims of shootings in Dayton and El Paso as being above partisan politics, but a video taken inside the hospital in El Paso shows a different story.
In a video obtained by CBS4, Trump can be seen boasting of the size of his crowd at a recent campaign rally in El Paso and taking a swipe at “crazy Beto” O’Rourke.
“What was the name of the arena?” Trump asks while telling medical staff in El Paso about his last trip to the city. “That place was packed.”
After one worker says he was in attendance, Trump shakes his hand and resumes bragging about his crowd size.
“And we had twice the number outside,” he added. “And then you had this crazy Beto — Beto had like 400 people in a parking lot. They said his crowd was wonderful.”
Watch the video below, via CBS 4:
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The candid video strikes a distinctly different tone than the one the White House pushed ahead of the president’s Wednesday trips.
“Tomorrow will be about honoring victims, comforting communities, and thanking first responders & medical professionals for their heroic actions,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham wrote on Twitter Tuesday evening. “President [Donald Trump] is a true leader doing what’s right for this nation.”
But Trump’s comments are in line with his Wednesday tweets. The president took aim at multiple political foes between visits with victims in both cities — including Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley after both visited a Dayton hospital with him.
“Watching Sleepy Joe Biden making a speech. Sooo Boring!” Trump wrote in a tweet responding to a speech from the former vice president. “The LameStream Media will die in the ratings and clicks with this guy.”
In another tweet, Trump took aim at Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) and his brother Julián Castro, a Democratic presidential candidate.
“Joaquin is not the man that his brother is, but his brother, according to most, is not much,” Trump wrote.