Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver is calling out former president Donald Trump for using the word “bloodbath” during a rally in Ohio over the weekend. The Democrat who represents Kansas City in the U.S. House calls the former president’s choice of words “unfortunate.”

“I don’t think the (former) President understands the power of words, and words precede just about any kind of act, whether it’s good or ruthless,” Cleaver told Missourinet. “It scares many of us because those words are followed by deeds. There are people who hang on to every word the (former) President says.”

Trump’s comments were made during a rally in support of Bernie Moreno, a candidate in Ohio’s GOP Senate primary contest. Trump warned China against attempting to open up factories in Mexico to sell cars to the United States.

“No, we’re going to put a 100% tariff on every single car that comes across the line, and you’re not going to be able to sell those cars if I get elected,” Trump said. “Now, if I don’t get elected, it’s going to be a blood bath for the country. That’ll be the least of it. But they’re not going to sell those cars, they’re building massive factories.”

Some of Trump’s supporters say his comments are being taken out of context because he was talking about the automotive industry when he said “bloodbath.” Cleaver disagrees.

“I know he’s tried to say he didn’t mean to say that, he was talking about the automobile industry,” he said. “But if you look at the quote – listen to it – there’s no connection to the automobile industry. In fact, he talks about around the United States.”

Among those defending Trump is Republican Congressman Jason Smith, who represents Missouri’s Eighth U.S. House District.

“This is nothing more than fake news,” Smith said in an email to Missourinet. “Donald Trump was clearly describing the major job loss and economic hardship that would occur if our nation continues the same, failed trade policies that benefit China at the expense of American workers.”

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