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Trump demands New York Times staffers involved in ‘Kavanaugh smear’ story resign at New Mexico rally

President Donald Trump took his fury over a botched New York Times story that accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of a new allegation of sexual misconduct to a New Mexico campaign rally, where he demanded resignations from everyone who worked on the piece.

Trump on Monday was on his first trip back to the Democratic-leaning state since losing New Mexico in the 2016 presidential election and used the rally to spew venom at the Times for its handling of the story.

‘I call for the resignation of everybody at The New York Times involved in the Kavanaugh smear story,’ he told the crowd in Rio Rancho. 

‘And while you’re at it, the Russian witch hunt hoax, which is just as phony a story,’ said the president, in a reference to investigations into whether Trump was involved in Russia’s meddling in the presidential contest that he won.

‘They’ve taken the old Grey Lady, so prestigious, and broken her down, destroyed her virtue, and ruined her reputation. She can never recover, and will never return to greatness under current management,’ he continued.

President Donald Trump took his fury over a botched New York Times story that accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of a new allegation of sexual misconduct to a New Mexico rally, where he demanded resignations from everyone who worked on the piece

'They've taken the old Grey Lady, so prestigious, and broken her down, destroyed her virtue, and ruined her reputation. She can never recover, and will never return to greatness under current management,' Trump told the crowd (above)

‘They’ve taken the old Grey Lady, so prestigious, and broken her down, destroyed her virtue, and ruined her reputation. She can never recover, and will never return to greatness under current management,’ Trump told the crowd (above)

‘The Times is dead, long live the New York Times.’

The Times came under fire for not initially reporting that the victim in its Sunday story mentioning the new allegation had declined to be interviewed. The piece also did not include that friends of the victim say she doesn’t remember the incident.

The omissions were later reversed after a Times staffer discovered the missing details in a book on which the story is based. 

Despite the embarrassing update to the story, Senate Democrats and presidential candidates still demanded Kavanaugh’s impeachment, bringing on a heated response from the president in New Mexico.

‘Look at what they’re doing today to Justice Kavanaugh today. Do you see? The Democrats are calling for his resignation. They’re calling for his impeachment, and the woman involved said she doesn’t know anything,’ Trump bellowed to a crowd of adoring supporters.

He continued that the ‘the New York Times had to put out a major apology, and they had to change their story … and they still want him to be impeached!’

Trump also took aim at the New Green Deal, warning that if the proposed, mostly Democratic-supported policy were to become a reality it would spell an end to energy production Albuquerque. 

Speaking directly to his New Mexican audience, which included supporters holding signs handed out by the campaign saying 'Latinos for Trump,' the president made mention of Hispanic Heritage month, for which he made a presidential proclamation

Speaking directly to his New Mexican audience, which included supporters holding signs handed out by the campaign saying ‘Latinos for Trump,’ the president made mention of Hispanic Heritage month, for which he made a presidential proclamation

‘Under the Green New Deal that all goes away,’ he said, saying Americans would not be able to enjoy airplane trips and would find themselves limited to one car apiece, and it would be electric. 

‘You’re not allowed to drive more than 162 miles,’ Trump said.’They’ll call us the hermit nation. We’ll never leave our house,’ he added.

He offered no evidence to support his claims against the energy policy, but said the ‘cruel war on American energy’ started under his predecessor President Barack Obama must end. 

Speaking directly to his New Mexican audience, which included supporters holding signs handed out by the campaign saying ‘Latinos for Trump,’ the president made mention of Hispanic Heritage month, for which he made a presidential proclamation.

 ‘Yesterday marked the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. Who is Hispanic?’ he asked to a loud round of applause that made him pause. 

Trump, as he has in other public speeches touted Hispanic employment and poverty figures. 

Addressing a broader audience, Trump did make reference to losing New Mexico in the election by 8 points. He insisted later in a tweet (above) that he did not intend to lose again

Addressing a broader audience, Trump did make reference to losing New Mexico in the election by 8 points. He insisted later in a tweet (above) that he did not intend to lose again

Despite a track record that suggests he hasn’t been so supportive of Hispanic Americans, the crowd’s reactions remained positive toward the president and his policies. 

At one point, people began chanting, ‘build that wall,’ as the president said he would have another 500 miles completed by the end of next year. 

Addressing a broader audience, Trump did make reference to losing New Mexico in the election by 8 points. He insisted later in a tweet that he did not intend to lose again.

‘We are all united by the same love of Country, the same devotion to family, and the same profound faith that America is blessed by the eternal grace of ALMIGHTY GOD!’ he wrote. ‘Bound by these convictions, we will campaign for every vote & we will WIN the Great State of NEW MEXICO in 2020!

The only moment of distraction for the president during the rally came when he was distracted by a flying insect.  

‘Every major…’ he was starting to say when he suddenly stopped to thwart away the bug.

The only moment of distraction for the president during the rally came when he was annoyed by a flying insect. Journalist Aaron Rupar caught the moment in a tweet (above)

The only moment of distraction for the president during the rally came when he was annoyed by a flying insect. Journalist Aaron Rupar caught the moment in a tweet (above)

‘That’s a nasty fly,’ he said, waving his hands.

‘I don’t like those suckers. I don’t know about you in New Mexico, but I’m not into flies or mosquitoes,’ he told the crowd, segwaying into an attack on New York and Washington politicians, whom he suggested were ‘snakes.’

‘I don’t like snakes too much. We have plenty of them in New York and Washington, a different variety,’ he said. 

‘We got a lot of snakes in Washington DC. We got a lot snakes in New York,’ he repeated. ‘I don’t like either kind of snake. I think I like the kind on the ground better than the ones we have in Washington.’ 

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