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Trump threatens to meddle with the Justice Department, makes odd Medicare argument, at Indiana rally

President Trump flew to Evansville, Indiana, on Thursday for an evening campaign rally, and he hit his favorite themes while endorsing Republican businessman Mike Braun in his race against Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.). He criticized Democrats for trying to thwart his agenda, falsely called the U.S. economy the best in the "history of our country," plugged his tariffs on foreign goods, and criticized the news media and the Justice Department. If the Justice Department and FBI don't take the actions he is demanding, he said, he "will get involved and I'll get in there if I have to." The leaders of the FBI and DOJ "have to start doing their job and doing it right," he said, because "people are angry."

When a protester interrupted, Trump paced the stage while she was escorted out, and a volunteer with the Trump team reached out his hand and blocked a photojournalist from taking a photo of the protest, as Associated Press photographer Evan Vucci captures:

A volunteer member of the advance team for #president #donaldtrump blocks the lens of a photographer trying to take a photo of a demonstrator during a #campaign rally in #evansville #indiana

A post shared by Evan Vucci (@evanvucci) on Aug 30, 2018 at 6:02pm PDT

Trump also accused Democrats of wanting to "raid Medicare to pay for socialism," adding that he didn't think Indiana wants to end up like Venezuela.

Trump and fellow Republicans have proposed cutting Medicare to help lower the federal budget deficit, which is ballooning due to Trump's tax cuts and spending increases. Some Democrats and allied progressives, notably Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), are proposing to expand Medicare into a national program that provides health insurance for everyone.