Trump says rival Beto O’Rourke ‘quit like a dog’

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New York, Nov 2 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has ridiculed his electoral rival Beto O’Rourke just hours after the Democratic presidential hopeful ended his campaign.

The president used a profanity to describe his rival and said he “quit like a dog”, the BBC reported.

O’Rourke, a former Texas Congressman, was highly critical of Trump after a mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso in August. He called the bloodshed a “consequence” of Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric.

On Friday O’Rourke said he was quitting the race for the White House as his campaign did not have “the means to move forward successfully”.

Trump’s response came days after he said Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had “died like a dog” during a US military operation in north-western Syria.

Speaking at a rally in Tupelo, Mississippi, the president branded O’Rourke a “poor, pathetic guy”.

“He came out of Texas a very hot political property, and he went back as cold as you can be,” Trump said.

He had earlier mocked O’Rourke on Twitter.

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