President Donald Trump opened a rally Thursday in Cincinnati by blaming four liberal congresswomen and their party’s leadership of cities for crime in the largest American cities.

“The Democrat party is now being led by four left-wing extremists who reject everything that we hold dear,” President Trump said of Omar and her fellow House Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.

The president continued to criticize Democratic leaders for crime in the nation’s largest cities, as he has complained in recent days about Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.).

“No one has paid a higher price for the far-left destructive agenda than Americans living in our nation’s inner cities,” the president said, drawing cheers from the crowd on the banks of the Ohio River. “We send billions and billions and billions for years and years and it’s stolen money, and it’s wasted money.”

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, on Aug. 1, 2019, in Cincinnati. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)

President Trump said that Democrats want to help migrants more than their own struggling communities. He also blamed California for the number of homeless people living on the streets.

the president announced that he would impose a 10% tariff on the remaining $300 billion in Chinese imports he hasn’t already taxed. President Trump said that for the last two decades, China has taken hundreds of billions of dollars out of the United States. He said, “We’re stopping the theft of American jobs.”

The president said, “They would like to see a new president in a year and a half so they could continue to rip off the United States like they’ve been doing for the last 25 years.”

Thousands of people lined up hours ahead of President Donald Trump’s evening rally in Cincinnati. A 63-year-old woman was attending her third Trump rally, saying she likes the “energy.”

Supporters of President Donald Trump wait in line to enter a rally, on Aug. 1, 2019, in Cincinnati. (Gary Landers/AP Photo)

No “send her back” chant

At Thursday’s rally, Trump declared, “I don’t want to be controversial.” He suggested to his supporters hours earlier that he did not want to hear the chant about Omar.

Speaking to reporters before leaving the White House for Cincinnati, Trump said he didn’t know whether they would chant anyway.

“I don’t know that you can stop people,” Trump told reporters. “If they do the chant, we’ll have to see what happens.”

A variety of opinions about the chant before the rally

Robyn McGrail, 64, and her husband were celebrating their 44th wedding anniversary by attending their third Trump rally. She said that if the crowd did begin the chant, “I’ll probably be cheering. If they don’t like America, they should leave. We love our country.”

Cynthia Wells, 63, a Cincinnati nurse, said she would follow Trump’s lead.

“We listen to him and we won’t do it,” Wells said. “I don’t think it will happen. If it does, we won’t participate because he’s against that. That’s not what his message is.”

President Trump tweeted on Thursday, “Beautiful evening in Cincinnati, Ohio tonight — with GREAT American Patriots!”

Includes reporting from The Associated Press

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