Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), who formally introduced his 2020 presidential bid Thursday, responded to President TrumpDonald John TrumpGary Cohn says Trump commerce adviser the one economist in world who believes in tariffs Home transportation committee chairman threatens to subpoena Boeing, FAA communication Pentagon units new limits on transgender service members MORE’s mocking of his hand actions by suggesting that voters are looking for “to rise above the pettiness” in political discourse.

“I’ve nothing to say to that,” O’Rourke mentioned in response to a query about Trump’s criticism earlier Thursday.

“I feel individuals need us to rise above the pettiness, the smallness — they need us to be huge, daring, formidable for this nation. That is what I am centered on and that is what I see right here in the present day in Burlington,” he mentioned throughout a marketing campaign cease in Burlington, Iowa.

Trump referenced O’Rourke’s hand actions in response to a query about O’Rourke coming into the race.

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“I’ve by no means seen a lot hand motion. I mentioned, ‘Is he loopy or is that simply the best way he acts?’” Trump requested within the Oval Workplace, referring to a video of O’Rourke campaigning in Iowa, the place he waved and shook his palms emphatically as he spoke.

O’Rourke joined a crowded area Thursday of over a dozen Democrats hoping to tackle Trump subsequent 12 months within the race for the White Home. He joins Sens. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSenate breaks with Trump on Saudi-led conflict in Yemen O’Rourke strongly indicators he is coming into Dem major in Vainness Honest interview Pollster says Dem major candidates have to painting themselves as automobiles for change MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenO’Rourke strongly indicators he is coming into Dem major in Vainness Honest interview Panel urges UK to determine competitors regulator for tech firms Pollster sees ‘potential upside’ for Harris in 2020 polling MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisO’Rourke strongly indicators he is coming into Dem major in Vainness Honest interview Pollster sees ‘potential upside’ for Harris in 2020 polling Feminine candidates scrutinized greater than males on likability, says pollster MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerO’Rourke strongly indicators he is coming into Dem major in Vainness Honest interview New Jersey Dems inform Pentagon to not use army funds for border wall Conservatives accuse Warren of hypocrisy over touch upon college admission scandal MORE (D-N.J.), amongst others, in looking for the Democratic Occasion’s 2020 presidential nomination.

The previous congressman served three phrases in the decrease chamber earlier than mounting an unsuccessful bid to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO’Rourke to announce White Home run Thursday morning: report O’Rourke strongly indicators he is coming into Dem major in Vainness Honest interview Texas Dems warn of ‘land seize’ if Trump’s emergency order survives MORE (R-Texas) in 2018. O’Rourke drew the eye of former Obama advisers, Oprah Winfrey and key Democratic donors together with his fundraising prowess and slender loss to Cruz in deep pink Texas.

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