O'Rourke responds to Trump mocking his hand movements

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), who officially announced his 2020 presidential bid Thursday, responded to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s mocking of his hand movements by suggesting that voters are seeking “to rise above the pettiness” in political discourse.

“I have nothing to say to that,” O’Rourke said in response to a question about Trump’s criticism earlier Thursday.

“I think people want us to rise above the pettiness, the smallness — they want us to be big, bold, ambitious for this country. That’s what I’m focused on and that’s what I see here today in Burlington,” he said during a campaign stop in Burlington, Iowa.

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Trump referenced O’Rourke’s hand movements in response to a question about O’Rourke entering the race.

“I’ve never seen so much hand movement. I said, ‘Is he crazy or is that just the way he acts?’” Trump asked in the Oval Office, referring to a video of O’Rourke campaigning in Iowa, where he waved and shook his hands emphatically as he spoke.

O’Rourke joined a crowded field Thursday of over a dozen Democrats hoping to take on Trump next year in the race for the White House. He joins Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.), among others, in seeking the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination.

The former congressman served three terms in the lower chamber before mounting an unsuccessful bid to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police MORE (R-Texas) in 2018. O’Rourke drew the attention of former Obama advisers, Oprah Winfrey and key Democratic donors with his fundraising prowess and narrow loss to Cruz in deep-red Texas.

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