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Dem rep entertains campaign rally crowd with this joke about Trump drowning

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) made a joke about President Donald Trump drowning at a campaign rally. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

For all the hand-wringing that goes on about President Donald Trump's many insults, the anti-Trump crowd often has no problem dishing out some shots of their own, as Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) showed Sunday night, according to the Miami Herald.

Hastings, who has been in office since 1992, made a joke about Trump during a rally attended by Sen. Bill Nelson and several leading Democratic gubernatorial candidates.

"Do you know the difference between a crisis and a catastrophe?" Hastings asked the crowd. "A crisis is if Donald Trump falls into the Potomac River and can't swim...and a catastrophe is if anybody saves his ass."

The crowd laughed and applauded at the punchline. Hastings said he got the joke from former state Rep. Barry Silver's son.

The rally was titled "Stronger Together."

Not the first time

Hastings has made no secret about his disdain for Trump, and has a reputation for making incendiary comments about the president over the past few years -- dating back to the campaign, when he referred to the then-Republican nominee as a "sentient pile of excrement."

At the rally, Hastings also said that he expects that Omarosa Manigault Newman will bring Trump down -- that is, if Special Counsel Robert Mueller doesn't get the job done first.

"There is no question that something is tragically wrong with the president of the United States in his mind," Hastings told the crowd.

Hastings' controversial remarks aren't just reserved for Trump, either. Back in 2008, when speaking at a conference of the National Jewish Democratic Council, Hastings said of Sarah Palin: "Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don't care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through." He later apologized.

The Florida lawmaker is in a comfortable position heading into midterm elections; he is heavily favored in the Democratic primary, and there will be no Republican challenger awaiting him in November.

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