Trump boasts about wealth and makes series of false claims in hate-filled rally speech disrupted by flies and protesters

Zamira Rahim
Donald Trump arrives for a rally in Rio Rancho: AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump was twice interrupted by protesters at a rally during which he criticised his opponents, discussed his plans to build a border wall and reiterated his support for Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court justice who has been accused of sexual harassment.

The president went on to describe Brett Kavanaugh as a “great talent, a great brilliant man.”

The 73-year-old has not said why he believes the judge is innocent. Fresh accusations about Mr Kavanaugh’s conduct while a student at Yale University emerged only last week.

Mr Trump then used the rally to attack The New York Times, also known as the Grey Lady, which published the allegations.

“They’ve taken the Old Grey Lady and broken her down, destroyed her virtue and ruined her reputation,” Mr Trump said.

“She can never recover and will never return to greatness under current management.”

The president was heckled twice during the speech. The first interruption came shortly after the rally began.

Mr Trump’s supporters booed the protester and the president used the disruption to attack the media.

“Good night to that person,” he said as the protester was escorted out. “Tomorrow [the media] will say ‘massive protests!’

“One person just going home to Mommy a little bit sooner.”

During his speech the president also claimed human traffickers were bringing women across the southern border and that his wall would stop them.

“They traffic, really, for the most part – in women. They capture women and they bring them across the open borders,” he said.

“And they don’t go through ports of entry.”

However, nearly 80 per cent of trafficking victims cross into countries through legal ports of entry, according to the International Organisation for Migration.

Mr Trump also became irritated as he swatted away a fly and then turned the interruption into an attack on lawmakers.

“That’s a nasty fly,” he joked.

“I don’t like those suckers! I don’t know about you in New Mexico but I’m not into flies or mosquitos. I don’t like snakes too much – we have plenty of them in New York and Washington, a different variety.”

“We got a lot of snakes in Washington DC, we got a lot of snakes in New York!”

He went on to repeat false claims about Democrats supporting “extreme late term abortion” before promising to “find new cures for childhood cancer” and “end the AIDS epidemic.”

But only 1.3 per cent of abortions occur after 21 weeks of pregnancy in the US, according to the CDC, and Democrats have only supported such cases where it is a medical emergency.

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Mr Trump also claimed he had “made much more money” and “lived better” than his opponents before becoming a politician.

“If you go by the old standards – better houses, better schools, [I] made much more money. [I] lived better and then I decided to run for president.”

The second protester heckled the 73-year-old at the end of the rally, leading him to complain about being interrupted during the “crescendo” of his speech.

“Gee, it’s too bad – right in the crescendo. I just readied the big beautiful crescendo and this character’s going back home,” Mr Trump said.

“It’s two people tonight – remember when they say “Massive protests at the Trump rally” – two people.”

The crowd chanted “USA!’ as the second heckler was removed.

New Mexico is a Democratic leaning state though Republicans are hoping to flip it in 2020.

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