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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul calls Trump supporters ‘clowns’ as he holds NYC rally in Bronx

New York Gov. Kathy Hawkle appeared to call Trump supporters “clowns” during a media appearance Thursday ahead of the former president’s rally in the Bronx, New York City.

“Jake, I’ll tell you what’s not going to make any difference is for Donald Trump to take the reins and invite all his clowns to a place like the Bronx,” Hawkle told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

She continued, “New York will never support Donald Trump for president. We know him better than anybody and we know what he’s thinking. He’s only looking out for his own interests. So this state will, as always, fully support Joe Biden for president. So if he wants to spend his time holding these fake rallies and pretending he has our support, feel free to do so. Because while you’re doing that, Donald Trump, Joe Biden is over there working for all the American people.”

In response to Hokel’s comments, the Trump campaign told Fox News Digital, “Kathy Hokel is upset that President Trump is drawing crowds they could only dream of in her state. The Democrats are in disarray as Americans, including Hispanics and Blacks, are waking up to the fact that Joe Biden and the Democrats have been using and deceiving them to get their votes for decades.”

Trump vows to ‘save’ heavily Democratic New York City at massive, historic rally in the Bronx

New York Gov. Kathy Hochle appeared to call Trump supporters “clowns” during a media appearance Thursday ahead of the former president’s rally in the Bronx, New York City. (Adam Gray/Getty Images)

Trump, who recently visited the state for the hush money trial, has said he believes he has a good chance of winning in November’s election, even though the state has not voted Republican since 1984.

A recent Siena College poll shows President Biden leading President Trump in the state by just nine points (47% to 38%), after Biden handily won the state in 2020 with 60.8% of the vote.

Two years ago, Hawkle angered Republicans by telling Republican candidates in the state to “get out of town” and “go to Florida” where they belong.

In response to her comments, the Trump campaign told Fox News Digital, “Kathy Hockle is upset that President Trump is drawing crowds in her state she could only dream of. And the Democratic Party is in disarray as Americans, including Hispanics and Blacks, are waking up to the fact that Joe Biden and the Democrats have been using and scamming them to get their votes for decades.”

“I want to say the era of Trump, Zeldin and Molinaro is over. Get on the bus and head to Florida where you belong. Get out of town,” Hokele said in 2022. “You do not represent our values.”

Trump in the Bronx

Former President Donald Trump spoke at a campaign event in Crotona Park in the Bronx borough of New York City on Thursday. (Bing Guang/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The comments were reminiscent of former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s infamous “bullshit load of deplorables” comment, made at a New York fundraiser in 2016.

“You see, very generally speaking, half of Trump’s supporters could be classified as what I call deplorables, right?,” Clinton said at the time. “Racists, sexists, homophobes, xenophobes, Islamophobes, you name it. Unfortunately, those people exist. And Trump has elevated them.”

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Haukl’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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