President Donald Trump criticized former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s use of hand gestures while speaking just hours after the El Paso Democrat announced his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination Thursday morning.
Fielding questions in the Oval Office, Trump, who frequently uses hand gestures while speaking in public, was asked about his reaction to O’Rourke’s announcement:
“I think he’s got a lot of hand movement. I’ve never seen so much hand movement. I said, ‘Is he crazy or is that just the way he acts? … I’ve actually never seen anything quite like it. Study it. I’m sure you’ll agree.”
Trump was then asked whether he’d rather face Beto or former Vice President Joe Biden, who has not announced his candidacy but is widely expected to run. Trump responded, “I just say whoever it is, I’ll take them on.”
O’Rourke kicked off his campaign with a three and a half minute video he tweeted early Thursday morning before heading to Iowa, where the country’s first nomination contest will take place next February. Sitting with his wife Amy, O’Rourke gestured frequently with both hands.
“Amy and I are happy to share with you that I’m running to serve you as the next president of the United States of America,” O’Rourke starts, moving his clasped hands up and down.
O’Rourke rose to national prominence last year in his unsuccessful campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
“Beto O’Rourke said he wants to tear down the wall. Texans want a secure border,” Cruz tweeted Thursday.
“We need to say NO to Beto’s radical agenda. #BeatBeto,” Cruz added, linking to his fundraising page.
Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign and 2018 re-election campaign strategist, Jeff Roe, also tweeted Thursday about O’Rourke’s announcement.
“Today the world will watch in amazement as @BetoORourke announces for POTUS and looks to shatter the glass ceiling for white millionaire male nannies everywhere.”
“His @VanityFair profile is just a peak (sic.) into what’s to come. Just watch as other self absorbed liberal flakes unite!” Roe added.
Polling aggregate RealClearPolitics found O’Rourke polling at 5.3 percent nationally as of Sunday, in sixth place among announced and likely Democratic presidential candidates.
This article provided by NewsEdge.