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Raucous Trump rally filled with familiar attacks, false statements

In an hour-long campaign speech in Montana, President Trump ran through many of his favorite topics, exaggerations, attacks on political targets and now-regular falsehoods. William Brangham reports.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    Now, President Trump's raucous rally last night in Montana.

    As William Brangham reports, it was a campaign-style speech from the president filled with now familiar attacks on political targets and some notable false statements of note, all in an effort to rev up his base.

  • William Brangham:

    The president was in Great Falls, Montana, to support the Senate bid of Republican Matt Rosendale. Rosendale is trying to unseat incumbent Democratic Senator Jon Tester.

  • President Donald Trump:

    A vote for Jon Tester is a vote for Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi.

    (BOOING)

  • President Donald Trump:

    And the new leader of the Democrat Party, Maxine Waters.

  • William Brangham:

    In the hour-long speech, the president ran through many of his favorite topics, celebrating his moves on immigration, tax cuts and jobs, and continuing to attack Obamacare and Hillary Clinton.

    But there were also the president's now regular exaggerations and falsehoods. He misstated his electoral win, U.S. energy exports, how he'd been cleared of collusion with Russia by Congress.

    In attacking Democrats on immigration, he again falsely implied that immigrants commit high levels of crime and are an economic drain on America. Studies show immigrants commit less crimes compared to native-born Americans, but that's not how the president frames it.

  • President Donald Trump:

    The Democrats want open borders, which means lots of crime. We want tough, strong, powerful borders. And we want no crime. A vote for the Democrats in November is a vote to let MS-13 run wild in our communities.

    (BOOING)

  • President Donald Trump:

    To let drugs pour into our cities and to take jobs and benefits away from our hardworking Americans. And we are not letting it happen.

  • William Brangham:

    The president also mocked the slogan for George H.W. Bush's effort to boost volunteerism.

  • George H.W. Bush:

    Like 1,000 points of light.

  • President Donald Trump:

    A thousand points of light. What the hell was that, by the way?

  • William Brangham:

    And he again went after Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, a woman he repeatedly calls Pocahontas because she's said she has native American ancestry.

  • President Donald Trump:

    Let's say I'm debating Pocahontas, right? I promise you I will do this. I will take — you know those little kits they sell on television for $2? Learn your heritage? We will take that little kit and — but we have to do it gently, because we are in the MeToo generation. So, we have to be very gentle.

  • William Brangham:

    Rosendale's campaign hopes the president's visit will boost his chances in November. He's currently polling several points behind Tester.

    For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm William Brangham.

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