aside The President Was Acting Out His Last Hurrah At The Phoenix Rally

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I did not watch the republican President Donald Trump deliver his diatribe to his followers at last night’s rally in Phoenix, AZ. But I hear it was quite a performance to where his competence to serve as president comes more into question.

Here’s the rest of the story….

On Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post penned the following report, “As Trump ranted and rambled in Phoenix, his crowd slowly thinned.”

Excerpts:

“Just before President Trump strolled onto the rally stage on (August 22, 2017), four speakers took turns carefully denouncing hate, calling for unity and ever so subtly assuring the audience that the president is not racist.”

“Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson proclaimed that “our lives are too short to let our differences divide us.” Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., led everyone in singing a few lines of “How Great Thou Art.” Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed for the politically and racially divided nation and asked the Lord to shut the mouths of “those in this country who want to divide, who want to preach hate.” And Vice President Pence declared that “President Trump believes with all his heart … that love for America requires love for all its people.” Meanwhile, a supporter seated directly behind stage even wore a T-shirt that stated: “Trump & Republicans are not racist.”

“Then Trump took the stage.”

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“He didn’t attempt to continue the carefully choreographed messaging of the night or to narrow the ever-deepening divide between the thousands of supporters gathered in the convention center hall before him and the thousands of protesters waiting outside. Instead, Trump spent the first three minutes of his speech — which would drag on for 75 minutes — marveling at his crowd size, claiming that “there aren’t too many people outside protesting,” predicting that the media would not broadcast shots of his “rather incredible” crowd.”

“Over the next 72 minutes, the president launched into one angry rant after another, repeatedly attacking the media and providing a lengthy defense of his response to the violent clashes in Charlottesville, between white supremacists and neo-Nazis and the counter-protesters who challenged them. He threatened to shut down the government if he doesn’t receive funding for a wall along the southern border, announced that he will “probably” get rid of the North American Free Trade Agreement, attacked the state’s two Republican senators, repeatedly referred to protesters as “thugs” and coyly hinted that he will pardon Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County who was convicted in July of criminal contempt in Arizona for ignoring a judge’s order to stop detaining people because he merely suspected them of being undocumented immigrants.”

“Hundreds left early, while others plopped down on the ground, scrolled through their social media feeds or started up a conversation with their neighbors. After waiting for hours in 107-degree heat to get into the rally hall — where their water bottles were confiscated by security — people were tired and dehydrated and the president just wasn’t keeping their attention. Although Trump has long been the master of reading the mood of a room and quickly adjusting his message to satisfy as many of his fans as possible, his rage seemed to cloud his senses.”

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“Early in his speech, when Trump still had the attention of his followers, he recited his definition of what it means to be a Trump supporter.”

“This evening, joined together with friends, we reaffirm our shared customs, traditions and values,” Trump began. “We love our country. We celebrate our troops. We embrace our freedom. We respect our flag. We are proud of our history. We cherish our Constitution — including, by the way, the Second Amendment. We fully protect religious liberty. We believe in law and order. And we support the incredible men and women of law enforcement. And we pledge our allegiance to one nation under God.”Minutes later, Trump transitioned to a topic that he would return to again and again.

“What happened in Charlottesville strikes at the core of America,” Trump said, appearing to read from the teleprompters placed on stage. “And tonight, this entire arena stands united in forceful condemnation of the thugs who perpetrate hatred and violence.”

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“Many in the crowd lit up at the use of the word “thugs” and applauded. Later in the evening, Trump would repeatedly use the same word to describe the protesters who showed up to his campaign rallies.”

“But the very dishonest media,” Trump continued, “those people right up there, with all the cameras.”

“He was cut off by loud booing. He smirked and nodded in agreement. A few people shouted, “Fake news!” I mean truly dishonest people in the media and the fake media, they make up stories,” Trump said. “ … They don’t report the facts. Just like they don’t want to report that I spoke out forcefully against hatred, bigotry and violence and strongly condemned the neo-Nazis, the white supremacists and the KKK.”

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“Trump reached into his suit pocket and removed a different set of talking points.”

“I’m really doing this to show you how damned dishonest these people are,” Trump said, promising that this would take “just a second” and would be “really fast.”

“Trump then took more than 16 minutes to read the various statements that he made about Charlottesville over several days, noting the use of all-caps for one word and skipping over the part where he said that “many sides” were responsible for the violence. After reading each snippet, Trump would detail why that response was not good enough for the media.

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“Why did it take a day? He must be a racist,” Trump said.”

“Along the way, Trump defended his use of Twitter and bragged that he went to “better schools” and lives “in a bigger, more beautiful apartment” than those who are considered elites. He said the “failing New York Times … is like so bad,” mocked CNN for its ratings and accused The Washington Post of being “a lobbying tool for Amazon” because the newspaper is owned by Jeffrey P. Bezos, who founded Amazon. The crowd repeatedly booed the reporters in their midst and chanted: “CNN sucks! CNN sucks!”

“At one point, Trump was interrupted by two protesters, who were quickly led out of the arena by security, giving Trump’s supporters something to videotape and share on Facebook or Snapchat.”

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“He returned to reading aloud his own statements and recounting the resulting media coverage, which led to commenting on CNN’s panels of “real lightweights,” which led to him defending a surrogate who was fired by CNN earlier this month for tweeting the Nazi salute, “Sieg Heil!”

“And they fired Jeffrey Lord. Poor Jeffrey. Jeffrey Lord,” Trump said.”

“Without even taking a breath, Trump resumed reading a statement from Aug. 14 in which he condemned violence caused by “the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold true as Americans.” That statement came two days after the violence in Charlottesville.”

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“So they were having a hard time with that one, because I said everything,” Trump said, then flippantly launching into a laundry list of hate groups. “I hit ’em with neo-Nazi. I hit ’em with everything. I got the white supremacists, the neo-Nazi. I got them all in there. Let’s see: KKK? We have KKK. I got ’em all.”

Trump eventually wrapped up this defense by saying, in part: “The words were perfect.”

“The president then tried to connect this lengthy self-examination to his supporters. Meanwhile, a growing number of them were calling it a night and heading to the exits.”

“The media can attack me, but where I draw the line is when they attack you, which is what they do. When they attack the decency of our supporters,” Trump said, without explaining what he meant.”

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“Trump would return to tax reform later — but first, he had to blame the media for “fomenting divisions” in the country, “trying to take away our history and our heritage” and “giving a platform to these hate groups.”

“Trump took a brief detour into immigration, prompting him to ask the crowd: “By the way, I’m just curious. Do the people in this room like Sheriff Joe?”

The crowd burst into wild cheers, thinking that Trump was about to pardon Arpaio — something the press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had said just hours earlier would not happen that day.

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SHERIFF JOE

“So, was Sheriff Joe convicted of doing his job?” Trump continued. “You know what? I’ll make a prediction. I think he’s going to be just fine, okay? But I won’t do it tonight, because I don’t want to cause any controversy. Is that okay?”

“Back on his immigration talking points, Trump detailed a trip he made earlier that day to Yuma, Ariz., for a briefing on border security — and he casually threatened to “close down our government” to get funding for a wall along the southern border. He again called for getting rid of the filibuster rule requiring more than a simple majority — a change that congressional Republicans have said won’t magically lead to the president’s agenda passing. And he went after the state’s two Republican senators without naming them.”

“Trump listed what he sees as accomplishments during his first seven months, including nominating a new Supreme Court justice and 31 federal judges.”

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“We’ve ended the war on beautiful, clean coal, and it’s just been announced that a second, brand-new coal mine, where they’re going to take out clean coal — meaning, they’re taking out coal, they’re going to clean it — is opening in the state of Pennsylvania,” Trump said, completely misrepresenting what clean coal is.”

“They’re trying to take away our culture. They are trying to take away our history,” Trump said. “And our weak leaders, they do it overnight. These things have been there for 150 years, for 100 years. You go back to a university, and it’s gone. Weak, weak people.”

“His next sentence: “We are going to protect American industry. We are going to protect the American worker.”

“Trump apologized that it is taking so long to renegotiate NAFTA and commented that “we’ll end up probably terminating NAFTA at some point.” He added for emphasis: “Probably.” Trump talked about climate change, adding jobs to the private sector, decreasing the unemployment rate and getting rid of regulations.”

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“He acknowledged that he has had to disband some of his business advisory board following protests of his reaction to Charlottesville — although he claimed that some of these business leaders will still meet with him privately.”

“These people just don’t get it. They are calling, and they’re saying, ‘How about getting together privately?’ They like it better. Why should they be on a council?” Trump said. “You know, that’s the way it is, folks. That’s the way it is.”

 “Trump finally got back to promising to pass tax reform, along with a major infrastructure package, and called for Congress to help him with both.”

“This is our moment. This is our chance,” Trump said. “This is our opportunity to recapture our dynasty like never before.”

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“He ended the rally by declaring: “Thank you, Arizona. God bless you. Thank you. Thank you.”

“Those who still remained filed out of the convention center, stepping outside and into what at times felt like a war zone. Hundreds of protesters shouted: “Racists go home!” Police wearing riot helmets formed a line between the two groups. Further down the street, small clumps of supporters and protesters started heated debates, with each side holding up their smartphones to record the interaction. Police released pepper balls and made three arrests. A helicopter circled overhead as police warned that those who stayed in the area risked arrest.”

16 comments

  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    In case you missed it!!
    ‘As Trump ranted and rambled in Phoenix, his crowd slowly thinned.’
    …. ‘quite a performance to where his competence to serve as president comes more into question.’
    How much more can the nation wait??

    • Dear Horty,

      I am predicting that his last days are near as he rages even against friends/ loyalists like Senator Mitch McConnell.

      Soon those who were for the most part protecting him will start digging the grave themselves for his demise as they become frustrated by not being able to pass a tax reform/ tax cut bill in 2017 and as it becomes less desirable to be dependent on the votes from White nationalists.

      There was a recent Senate judiciary committee hearing where the person who hired Christopher Steele to dig up information regarding Donald Trump, testified. I have a feeling that this meeting was an eye opener for some US republican senators.

      Thanks a million times over for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Most welcome, dear friend!! I heard about the dossier, the interview, etc. I’ve been keeping my up with the news.
        I’m so tired, disheartened, disgusted by DDT … the m getting impatient. I want him gone …. 🤢

  2. Gronda, I was not aware of the dwindling crowd at the end. I pretty much don’t pay attention to his uncontrolled rants at these things as they are long on lies and short on truth. Our blogging friend Persia (Blog of a Mad Black Woman) writes often of her escape from a narcissistic lover. Her posts define White House incumbent to a tee.

    What escapes his changing story lines (which is quite common for narcissists), are some underlying truths.

    – Republican leaders are saying he did not denounce the white supremacists as much as he should have, which is why they are doing so. It is not just the media.
    -The media is not standing in his way of picking fights with Republican leaders which damage his credibility as well as harm his agenda.
    -The biggest purveyor of fake news and lies is the man who looks back in the mirror when he shaves.

    I was reminded of two of his lies I had forgotten about this morning after his Afghanistan announcement. “I know more about ISIS than the generals, believe me” is one. “I have a plan to quickly defeat ISIS, but I am not going to let on what it is” is another. Apparently, those two statements were not true.

    It continues to surprise me how reasonable people can listen to these rants and not question the veracity of the speaker.

    This man needs to be censured by Congress and eventually impeached. The impeachment could be done on the basis of “lack of fitness to serve,” as I am not sure we can wait on the Russia investigation to run its course which will lead to his impeachment based on his collusion and financial inter dealings. The lack of fitness argument won’t occur because it takes political courage. On the latter, the GOP leaders are hopeful that something can be used.

    Thanks, Keith

  3. Gronda, courtesy of Persia’s Blog of a Mad Black Woman which speaks of her leaving a narcissist, think of this poem as the narcissistic President changes yet one more story:

    “That didn’t happen.
    And if it did, it wasn’t that bad.
    And if it was, that’s not a big deal.
    And if it is, that’s not my fault.
    And if it was, I didn’t mean it.
    And if I did,
    You deserved it.”

    Unknown

    No matter which story he is changing, think of this poem.
    Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      I will have to check out this Blog of a Mad Black Woman. It sounds like she would know all about the subject of narcissism.

      As more and more of the GOP get fed up, the end will come swiftly. This is probably wishful thinking but the well being of the country is at stake.

      Hugs, Gronda

  4. What is it that’s been said, “One day we’ll look back at all this and laugh.”? I just hope I’m still around to read what the history books say about this period. There will no doubt be more books written and movies made. We probably won’t laugh though. I could be wrong of course. 🙂 — Suzanne

    • Dear Suzanne,

      I, for one will not be laughing. This has been too painful to watch this president attempt to destroy what is great about this country.

      If this had been a fictional script for a TV show, there are scenes that would be very humorous The reality is what makes me weep for this country as it is being dragged into the mud by a fool in the white house..This reality show can’t be over quick enough for me.

      Thanks a million times over for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

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