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Trump holds campaign rally as Hurricane Michael rages

Hurricane Michael, the third-strongest storm in U.S. history, was not powerful enough to keep President Trump off the campaign trail.

Hours after the Category 4 storm made landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, wreaking havoc along the coastline before pushing north into Georgia, Trump traveled to Pennsylvania to tout his own accomplishments and bash his Democratic opponents.

“I’m thrilled to be here tonight in Erie, Pa., with thousands of loyal, hard-working and beautiful American patriots,” Trump said as he began his remarks, adding, “Before we begin, I want to send our thoughts and prayers of our entire nation to everyone in the path of Hurricane Michael, especially in the Florida Panhandle, where it’s hitting and hitting hard. It’s a big one.”

But after pledging that his administration’s hurricane relief effort “will be successful,” Trump lapsed back into full campaign mode, delivering a version of the same bombastic, combative speech he has used to hammer his political rivals in recent days.

Trump excoriated Democrats for what he sees as their poor treatment of his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, singling out Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. He aimed a passing blow at Hillary Clinton, accusing her, without evidence, of collusion with Russia in the 2016 presidential election. He recounted his election-night victory in states like Texas, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Of course, no Trump rally would be complete without the president bashing the media. Read more

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Trump holds campaign rally as Hurricane Michael rages

Hurricane Michael, the third-strongest storm in U.S. history, was not powerful enough to keep President Trump off the campaign trail.

Trump holds campaign rally as Hurricane Michael rages

Hurricane Michael, the third-strongest storm in U.S. history, was not powerful enough to keep President Trump off the campaign trail.