President Trump on Thursday mocked Beto O’Rourke’s “crazy” hand movements hours after the former Texas congressman released a video announcing his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
“I think he’s got a lot of hand movement,” Trump told reporters when asked in the Oval Office about O’Rourke entering the 2020 race.
Trump, who is known to be expressive with his hands during campaign rallies and other events, said: “I’ve never seen so much hand movement. I said, ‘Is he crazy or is that just the way he acts?'”
Trump was referencing a video of O’Rourke campaigning in Iowa where the candidate waved and shook his hands as he spoke.
“I’ve actually never seen anything quite like it,” Trump said. “Study it. I’m sure you’ll agree.”
President Trump on Beto O'Rourke: "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?'" pic.twitter.com/e8jTXBqlXm
— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) March 14, 2019
“This is a defining moment of truth for this country and every single one of us,” O’Rourke said in a video published Thursday morning announcing his candidacy for president.
I am running to serve you as the next president. The challenges we face are the greatest in living memory. No one person can meet them on their own. Only this country can do that, and only if we build a movement that includes all of us. Say you're in: https://t.co/EKLdkVET2u pic.twitter.com/lainXyvG2n
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 14, 2019
O’Rourke served three terms in Congress before an unsuccessful bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in 2018.
Republican attorney and husband to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, George Conway, called for a “serious inquiry” into President Trump’s mental state in a lengthy tweetstorm Wednesday night.
“Whether or not impeachment is in order, a serious inquiry needs to be made about this man’s condition of mind,” Conway wrote, labeling Trump as a “Summa Cum Liar.”
“Have we ever seen this degree of brazen, pathological mendacity in American public life?” Conway asked.
Read the full Twitter thread, here.