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Donald Trump’s 57 most outrageous quotes from his Arizona speech

24/08/2017

The speech, if one can dignify the rambling and at times incoherent rant with that term contained the usual litany of lies and invocations of hate against those who do not bow before him.
There one or two real pearls though:-
eg.
  • 4 where he seems to be talking about the election campaign which ended in Nov 2016.
  • 7 where the wearing of a MAGA hat equates to national unity
  • 8,9,10 &11 where he seeks to claim he said good things about Charlottesville, when he did not – he went on again about this in later parts of the speech
  • 29 et seq he attacks the media, now much of the media may be poor depending on your point of view, but Trump’s demonisaation of the MSM is not good for society – especially when the attack is because many in the media write negatively about Trump.
  • 41 reproduced in full here

Trump does not know what the truth is. He then attacks the two Republican Senators for Arizona, John McCain and Senator Flake. Unprecedented.

At 46 he threatens to close down the government with all the implications for financial markets worldwide. He is irresponsible and out of control.

Then the closing at 51.

57. “So I think we’ll end up probably terminating NAFTA at some point, OK? Probably.”
Way to throw a major policy pronouncement into the end of a speech while negotiations are ongoing!
NAFTA negotiations have just started, Trump signals in a throwaway that he will teminate whatever. Basically he seeks to bully Canada and Mexico into kowtowing to USA. As usual Trump seeks to bully and bludgeon.

49. “But, you know, they all said, Mr. President, your speech was so good last night, please, please, Mr. President don’t mention any names. So I won’t. I won’t. No I won’t vote — one vote away, I will not mention any names. Very presidential, isn’t’ it? Very presidential.”
This is Trump taking a shot at John McCain, who is currently battling brain cancer, for voting against the repeal and replace health care legislation. It’s also Trump showing how closely he reads press coverage and how he likes to openly flout suggestions of being more “presidential.”
50. “And nobody wants me to talk about your other senator, who’s weak on borders, weak on crime, so I won’t talk about him. Nobody wants me to talk about him. Nobody knows who the hell he is.”
Jeff Flake is a sitting Republican senator. Trump is running him down in his home state at a campaign rally less than a week removed from touting one of his primary challengers on Twitter.
51. “Did you see Gruber got fired yesterday? He got fired because he defrauded
somebody or something. Something very bad happened. Check it out. Something happened.”
52. “One vote — speak to your senator, please. Speak to your senator.”
McCain cast one of the deciding votes on health care. But he’s not going to name names!
53. “I think we’ve gotten more than anybody, including Harry Truman, who was number one, but they will tell you we’ve got none.”
This claim is — wait for it — not entirely true.
 
 
Trump believes Kim Jong Un respects US 00:43
54. “But Kim Jong Un, I respect the fact that I believe he is starting to respect us. I respect that fact very much. Respect that fact.”
Respect. That. Fact.
55. “I don’t believe that any president has accomplished as much as this president in the first six or seven months. I really don’t believe it.”
Trump believes that by saying things, he wills them into existence and truth.
He doesn’t.
56. “They’re trying to take away our culture. They are trying to take away our history.”
[dog whistle]
57. “So I think we’ll end up probably terminating NAFTA at some point, OK? Probably.”
Way to throw a major policy pronouncement into the end of a speech while negotiations are ongoing!

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