GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – President Donald Trump used harsh words Thursday during a rally in Michigan to slam his Democratic critics, claiming his opponents are “defrauding” Americans with “ridiculous bullsh–t” when it comes to oversight.
Taking a victory lap in a battleground presidential state after special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation found “no collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia, the president drew applause by blaming Democrats for questioning his actions in the 2016 campaign.
“The Democrats now have to decide if they will continue to defraud the American public with this ridiculous bulls–t,” Trump said.
Trump’s Michigan rally marked his first campaign event since a summary of Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election found his campaign did not conspire with Russia to influence the outcome. The president has repeatedly touted that summary over the past several days, even as Democrats on Capitol Hill have pressed for more detail.
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Trump wasted no time turning to Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the Mueller report released on Sunday, starting the rally by framing the 22-month probe as “lies and smears and slander.”
“Robert Mueller was a god to the Democrats until he said there was no collusion,” Trump told his supporters. “This fraud is exposed. “
Trump has occasionally dropped swear words on stage before, including during the campaign. He referred to “political bullsh–t” during one campaign rally in 2016, and recently used the same word to describe Democratic oversight at a long winded address to the Conservative Political Action Conference.
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Barr’s summary of Mueller’s report said the special counsel found no evidence of collusion with Russia but it left open the question of whether the president’s actions constituted obstruction of justice. Mueller’s report, according to Barr, specifically noted it did not exonerate Trump over questions of obstruction.
Trump wrapped up his 2016 campaign in Grand Rapids, leading an early morning Election Day rally that some analysts say may have pushed him over the edge to victory in the state. Trump won the state by less than one percentage point, and Republican strategists say he faces a daunting path to reclaiming it in 2020.