U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) attended a New Hampshire Trump rally and found that everybody was friendly and concerned about the state of the country. “My party is completely delusional right now,” Phillips told CNN when discussing the rally.
“I’ve got to tell you guys, I went to a Donald Trump rally a couple of nights ago. Never been to one. I had an event across the street. I saw the line of people waiting in the cold for hours. And I thought, what the heck?” Phillips, who is currently challenging Biden in the Democratic primary, told CNN.
“You know, I’m going to be a leader who actually invites people, doesn’t condemn them,” he continued. “Met probably 50 Trump people waiting in line, every single one of them. Thoughtful, hospitable, friendly, all of them so frustrated that they feel nobody’s listening to them but Donald Trump. A diverse crowd, people who had never been to a Trump event before.”
“My party is completely delusional right now,” he added.
Phillips was a late entrant to the Democratic primary after he spent months lobbying for a Democratic governor to challenge President Biden. The Minnesota congressman, who will be retiring at the end of his term, has long pointed to President Biden’s age and consistent polling woes as reason for change.
“I’m only doing this to defeat Donald Trump. Nobody seems to want to do that in the Democratic Party right now, other than me, because Joe Biden can’t is my proposition because the data says he can’t,” Phillips said during a recent campaign event. “No one in the country right now cares. In fact, most of the people in the country are going to the Trump rally right now because he’s listening to them. No one’s asking about this stuff. I’m just frustrated. I hope you understand why I’m getting tired of it.”
“You’re doing your jobs, but you’re not asking the questions that Americans give a sh*t about,” Phillips told reporters.
While Phillips came up short against President Biden in Tuesday’s primary, he still managed to garner roughly 20 percent of the vote and has vowed to stay in the race.