President Donald Trump ripped incumbent Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. Bob Casey Jr. at a rally for 2018 challenger Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Hazleton).

Trump said he knew Casey's father, the late Gov. Robert Casey (D-Pa.) "a little bit," but said the son is "totally different" than the populist, more politically moderate father.

"He's not an obstructionist, he's worse," Trump said after an attendee at the Wilkes-Barre, Pa. rally shouted "obstructionist."

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"He will do whatever [Senate Minority Leader Charles] Schumer, [House Minority Leader Nancy] Pelosi, and the new star of the Democratic Party [Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)] tells him to do," Trump said of Casey, who is from neighboring Scranton.

Later in the rally, Trump coined the nickname "Sleepin' Bob" to describe Casey. The president has a history of nicknaming political foes, like former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) who he called "Low Energy Jeb."


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"I think Casey doesn't even want to meet with [Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh]. You know why? Because Schumer, Pelosi and Maxine Waters told him not to meet," Trump said. "His bosses are telling him what to do."

Trump called Barletta a "legend" and praised him for being one of the first politicians to endorse his 2016 candidacy.

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