Trump talks about the ‘best thing’ Democrats did after 2016 election loss

President Trump mocked Democrats on Friday, saying that even though they performed poorly in the 2016 presidential election, the “best thing” they did was to fuel the “Russian hoax.”

While talking about his victory during a campaign-style rally in Alabama, Trump noted, “In case your are curious, no, Russia did not help me, OK?”

As he has done before, the president then went on to dismiss investigations into Russia’s interference in the U.S. election as a “hoax” and claimed Democrats are behind it since they needed an “excuse” for the election loss. 

“They did a rotten job at running but to convince people about this hoax, that was probably the thing they did best,” Trump said. “It is one great hoax.”

He also shared his election strategy with the Alabama crowd, stating in part, “I decided, I think, very intelligently, to campaign in the states that you have to win for the Electoral College victory that you need.”

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally for Senator Luther Strange in Huntsville, Alabama, U.S. September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A handful of supporters of Judge Roy Moore look on as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally for Senator Luther Strange in Huntsville, Alabama, U.S. September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
U.S. President Donald Trump embraces Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) during a campaign rally in Huntsville, Alabama, U.S. September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally for Senator Luther Strange at the Von Braun Centre in Huntsville, Alabama, U.S. September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry
Supporters cheer as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally for Senator Luther Strange in Huntsville, Alabama, U.S. September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
A Trump supporter gestures prior to President Donald Trump's appearance at a rally in support of Senator Luther Strange at the Von Braun Centre in Huntsville, Alabama, U.S., September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry
U.S. President Donald Trump greets Senator Luther Strange (R-AL) during a campaign rally in Huntsville, Alabama, U.S. September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally for Senator Luther Strange at the Von Braun Centre in Huntsville, Alabama, U.S. September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry
Senator Luther Strange (R-AL) wears a 'Make America Great Again' cap during his rally with US President Donald Trump at the Von Braun Civic Center on September 22, 2017 in Huntsville, Alabama. Trump is visiting the southern US state to endorse Luther Strange, a candidate for US Senate in the state's Republican primary. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump gestures while speaking during rally for Alabama state Republican Senator Luther Strange at the Von Braun Civic Center September 22, 2017 in Huntsville, Alabama. Trump is visiting the southern US state to endorse Luther Strange, a candidate for US Senate in the state's Republican primary. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
People listen while US President Donald Trump speaks during rally for Alabama state Republican Senator Luther Strange at the Von Braun Civic Center September 22, 2017 in Huntsville, Alabama. Trump is visiting the southern US state to endorse Luther Strange, a candidate for US Senate in the state's Republican primary. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump speaks during rally for Alabama state Republican Senator Luther Strange at the Von Braun Civic Center September 22, 2017 in Huntsville, Alabama. Trump is visiting the southern US state to endorse Luther Strange, a candidate for US Senate in the state's Republican primary. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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