Speaking to supporters at a campaign rally in Montana on Thursday, President Trump went on the offensive against Democrats over what he described as "sick" attacks against his nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
"He’s doing really well," Trump said, acknowledging Kavanaugh's tense three days of confirmation hearings in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "But do you believe the anger and the meanness on the other side? Sick, it’s sick!"
Trump took the stage in Billings tonight and appeared to be in cheerful spirits as he launched into a montage of searing attacks against Democrats, the 'deep state,' Jon Tester, the media, and critics who have questioned his fitness for office.
During the rally, the president went on a more extended, scripted rift on the "deep state" following the New York Times’ op-ed by the anonymous senior administration official claiming to be part of an anti-Trump resistance.
"Nobody knows who the hell he is. Or she. But they said he. But probably that’s a little disguise," Trump said. "Unidentified deep state operatives who defy voters to push their own secret agendas are truly a threat to democracy itself. And I was so heartened when I looked, I think it’s backfired."
Speaking of Democratic lawmakers who have threatened him with impeachment if the party takes back the House, the president seemed to indicate that the subject had been on his mind lately as he warned his supporters what it could mean for the future of the country.
"If it does happen it's your fault, because you didn't go out to vote," Trump said, after warning it would turn America into a "third world country" where every following president would likely be impeached for political purposes.
"Today’s Democratic party is held hostage by haters, absolute haters, left wing haters. Angry mobs, deep state radicals and their fake news allies, those people are the best," Trump said.
A notable contrast though, was President Trump's willingness to blast his domestic political opponents as "sick," even as he lavished praise on two brutal dictators, Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
"[Kim Jong Un] likes me, I like him, who knows what is going to happen!" Trump said.
"One of my best meetings ever was with Vladimir Putin, and they said 'He was too nice,'" Trump told the crowd. "They wanted me to have a boxing match on this stage."
Even as the president ginned up the crowd to boo the media, he lavished praise on Rep. Greg Gianforte as a “fighter” despite his conviction last year for assaulting a journalist.
"He's fought in more ways than one for your state," Trump said. "He is a fighter and a winner." (9:18:27)
The president fumed as he recounted Sen. Jon Tester’s treatment of his former personal physician, Adm. Ronny Jackson, who withdrew himself from consideration as VA Secretary after allegations surfaced that he fostered a hostile work environment while serving as head of the White House medical unit.
"One of the saddest things I’ve seen is when Jon Tester -- and what he did to a great, great man Adm. Ronny Jackson," Trump said. "Adm. Jackson was subjected to horrible lies and smears, and I’m a victim of that too but I’m kind of getting used to it. At least it’s my job. I guess I’m a politician. Think of it!"